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: Gabby Molloseau
Posted on 21 October 2021 | 12:02 pm
This week we caught up with Gabby Molloseau, a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Spanish! Gabby and her mentors, Dr. Michael Giuliano and Dr. Marcello Forconi, received a SURF 2021 Grant to study the intricate nature of cell surfaces in order to better understand cell signaling and communication. Gabby shared with […]
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Laura Maria Diaz Coronado
Posted on 14 October 2021 | 2:56 pm
This week we caught up with Laura Maria Diaz Coronado, a Junior double majoring in Music Performance (concentration in Music History) and Computer Information Systems! Laura and her mentors, Dr. O’Brien and Yuriy Bekker, received a SURF 2021 Grant to study Joaquín Orellana’s post-institutional career and how Guatemala’s troubled history during the 1960s-1980s interfered with […]
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Accepting MAYS and RPG Applications!
Posted on 30 September 2021 | 2:42 pm
If you are looking to support your undergraduate research project between 11/30/2021-6/4/2022, we encourage you to apply for a MAYS grant! MAYS (Major Academic Year Support) covers research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year. If you have previously completed a research project and you plan to present your research at a conference, […]
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