Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

2019 URCA Celebration of Scholars
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at the 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.


The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) supports the College of Charleston’s Annual EXPO: Celebrating Research, Scholarship, Creative Inquiry and Community Service. Team members of URCA funded projects are expected to present the results of their projects at the annual EXPO traditionally held during the spring semester. Check out last year’s program and abstracts here! 

Upcoming Deadlines

RPG Application Deadlines: August 31, 2023; and January 20, 2024

MAYS Application Deadlines: September 29, 2023

SURF Application Deadlines: February 9, 2024

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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.


Published SURF Recipient
Posted on 10 February 2022 | 3:04 pm
We want to congratulate SURF 2021 recipient Sam Andritsch on her recent publication! If you’d like to read about her wonderful project, click here: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/1/592
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SURF Applications Due 2/11!
Posted on 9 February 2022 | 2:50 pm
Reminder that SURF applications for research to be completed over the summer are dur by 5pm on 2/11. Email us at urca@cofc.edu with any questions!
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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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