Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

2019 URCA Celebration of Scholars
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at College of Charleston supports student research and creative activities by providing competitive grants to fund summer project costs and stipends, academic year project costs, 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 this experience is often a deciding factor in the acquisition of professional positions and acceptance into post-graduate programs.

2020 Celebration of Scholars

This year's event will be held virtually. Projects will be shared on our website and individually highlighted on our social media pages. Check out this year's presentations here!

Upcoming Deadlines

RPG Application Deadlines: July 10, 2020, August 31, 2020, October 30, 2020, and January 22, 2021

MAYS Application Deadlines: August 31, 2020, and October 30, 2020

SURF Application Deadlines: February 12, 2021

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Support Undergraduate Research

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.


Summer Undergraduate Research Funding (SURF) Recipient Published
Posted on 12 October 2020 | 12:13 pm
Congrats to Pearce Hamilton and Dr. Mike Larsen of CofC’s Physics department on their recent publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Their work was funded through a 2020 summer SURF award.   Hamilton and Larsen spent the summer researching the Uncertainty of Heterogeneous Freezing Rate of Water on Muscovite Mica. To simply explain […]
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2020 Celebration of Scholars
Posted on 10 August 2020 | 1:15 pm
Please join us for our annual Celebration of Scholars event! DETAILS: This year’s event will be held virtually. Undergraduate students will showcase the results of their student/faculty collaborative research and creative activities projects via video presentations. We have 54 students from various disciplines participating. WHEN: Monday, August, 24th. Presentations will be posted on our website: […]
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Now Accepting MAYS and RPG Applications
Posted on 7 August 2020 | 2:17 pm
Don’t miss these funding opportunities!! DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, August 31st Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need help with the application, urca@cofc.edu.
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