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Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Who is URCA?

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at the College of Charleston supports creative and by providing competitive grants to fund summer stipends and travel to conferences for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. Participation in a challenging, scholarly project can be the single most important experience that a student will have in college and the training and knowledge gained from the experience are often key factors in the acquisition of professional positions and acceptance in post-graduate programs. 

The benefits of an undergraduate research experience are profound. Please consider supporting us in our ongoing efforts to open opportunities for cutting edge research and creative activities with our undergraduates. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the College of Charleston URCA Fund (R377) through the College of Charleston Foundation.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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  • October 27, 2014- Grant Deadline
  • December 2, 2014, 10:00-11:00am (SSMB Rm 129)- SURF Information Session
  • January 14, 2015, 3:00-4:00pm (SEHHP Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St.)- SURF Information Session
  • February 2, 2015- SURF Deadline


Deadline for Second Round of Applications
Posted on 9 October 2014 | 4:15 pm
The second deadline of the 2014-2015 Academic Year for the AYRA, MAYS, and RPG grants is fast approaching. Visit the URCA website at http:\\ for more information. We urge you to read the guidelines for the grant type in which … Continue reading
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New Director
Posted on 19 June 2014 | 12:33 pm
On behalf of the Honors College, I am pleased to share that Dr. Elizabeth Meyer-Bernstein, Associate Professor of Biology, has joined our team as Associate Dean. Beth joined the College of Charleston in 2002 as a Visiting Assistant Professor, having … Continue reading
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