Category Archives: Past Recipients

Summer Undergraduate Research Funding (SURF) Recipient Published

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 […]

Recent Grad Shines a Light on Latin American Indigenous Languages

Words matter. Not just their meaning, but also the cultural significance of the languages used to speak them. For Madison “Madi” Crow ’20, her interest in the indigenous languages of Latin America started with an internship through the organization Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). Crow learned about the internship program through the College of Charleston’s […]

2019-2020 URCA Award Recipients

As the 2019-2020 academic year draws to a close, The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities would like to recognize and celebrate our outstanding grant recipients. If you would like to read more about what our award recipients are up to, project abstracts can be found at the end of the article.  2020 Summer […]

Summit of Scholars – Call for Presenters

We are currently looking for students who are interested in giving a 12 minute oral presentation on their collaborative student/faculty research or creative activity project.  Students who participate will receive a certificate of presentation. This is a great opportunity to share your project with the campus community and work on your oral presentation skills.  For […]

Students Do Deep Dive Into Reef Research

What did you do on your summer vacation? For ocean lovers, it would be hard to top what three marine biology majors at the College did with visiting assistant professor of biology Chris Freeman this summer. Through a combination of Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF), School of Sciences and Mathematics awards and a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Samantha Czwalina, Abby Stephens and Bailey Fallon spent six weeks at […]

From Sharks to Medicine on Mars: Grants Fund Variety of Student Research

Summer brings so many opportunities for college students. Some of them have full-time jobs. Some travel. Some serve internships while others enroll in classes and study. And still others invest their energies in research. At the College of Charleston, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) is dedicated to supporting students who engage in serious, […]

Self-Identity, Personal Growth Inspires Student Research

The group had gathered on George Street, right outside Porters Lodge, when someone asked what the Greek inscription on the building’s façade meant. Samantha Anyim, then a sophomore tour guide with the Charleston 40, paused before she answered: “Know Thyself.” “Here I was, giving this tour to prospective students and their parents, telling them that, when you […]

Astrophysics Majors Help Answer Timeless Question

  Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that humans have wondered about since we first became self-aware and peered up at the stars. To help find the answer, two astrophysics majors, Lucy Williamson and Blake Mino, journeyed to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile in January 2019 to visit the La Silla Observatory and use its one-meter telescope (named […]

Math Students Keep Summer Abstract With Research

Having a love of learning is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a deep, passionate desire to explore the unknown and discover something new. That’s why a group of students under the guidance of College of Charleston mathematics professor Alex Kasman set out this summer to delve into the world of abstract equations. Students Albert Serna, John Cobb and Monique Sparkman have spent […]