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.

2021 Celebration of Scholars

This year's event will be held later in the academic year than normal. Details will be announced later in the academic year. Projects will be shared on our website and individually highlighted on our social media pages. Check out last year's presentations here!


Upcoming Deadlines

RPG Application Deadlines: July 9, 2021, August 30, 2021, October 29, 2021, and January 21, 2022

MAYS Application Deadlines: August 30, 2021, and October 29, 2021

SURF Application Deadlines: February 11, 2022

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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.


Student Spotlight: Sam Andritsch
Posted on 20 September 2021 | 8:50 am
This week we caught up with Public Health major and Geoinformatics minor, Sam Andritsch! Sam and her mentor, Dr. Brian Bossak, received a SURF 2021 grant to explore the spatial correlation between COVID-19 mortality and fine particulate matter concentrations in the United States. “Using Excel maps we were able to determine clusters of counties with […]
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Student Spotlight: Grace Bader
Posted on 17 September 2021 | 7:00 am
This week we caught up with Grace Bader, a junior majoring in Molecular Biology & minoring in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Grace and her mentor, Dr. Jenn Wilhelm, received a SURF 2021 Grant to explore peripheral nerve injuries. Grace told us, “My project focused on peripheral nerve injury and how the absence/addition of estrogen combined with […]
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Student Spotlight: Sammy Stocking
Posted on 15 September 2021 | 1:25 pm
Meet Psychology Senior, Sammy Stocking! Sammy and her mentor, Dr. Michael Ruscio received a 2021 SURF grant to explore invertebrate research. Sammy told us, “Dr. Ruscio and I examined the process of neurogenesis in adult snapping shrimp. Neurogenesis when new neurons are formed in the brain, and we chose to look into snapping shrimp because […]
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