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: Lauren Kendall Graham
Posted on 26 January 2022 | 12:15 pm
This week we caught up with Lauren Kendall Graham, a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Lauren and her mentor, Dr. Sarah Maness, received a SURF 2021 grant to co-author and conduct the “Do You Want a Period?” campaign. This project was created to gather data concerning women’s knowledge concerning […]
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RPG grants due tomorrow!
Posted on 20 January 2022 | 2:17 pm
RPG grants for conference travel April 15 – June 1 are due tomorrow, January 21st!
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Posted on 10 January 2022 | 11:06 am
Surf info sessions on Monday 1/10 at 4:30 in CAAN 105 (Calhoun Annex) and Tuesday 1/11 at 3:30 in CAAN 106 (Calhoun Annex). SURF grants provide funding to cover student research h expenses for projects carried out during the summer. The maximum award amount is $6,500. Check out urca.cofc.edu and attend the info sessions to […]
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