Accepting SURF Applications

Are you planning on conducting a student/faculty collaborative research project this summer?  Our SURF grants provide funding, up to $6500, for supplies and expenses related to the project.  Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 6th. Forms and Guidelines can be found on our website.

SURF Information

Thank you to everyone who came to one of the SURF Information Sessions!  For those who could not attend, we are providing the PowerPoint overview.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to help! URCA SURF Grant Workshop 2020

RPG applications are due January 22, 2020

The deadline for the final round of RPG applications for the 2019/2020 academic year is right around the corner!  The grant covers conference travel from April 15 – June 1, 2020. We are launching our NEW 100% electronic application for this round.  Details and information can be found here.  Please contact us if you have […]

URCA has gone GREEN!

We are pleased to announce that we have a NEW 100% electronic Research Presentation Grant (RPG) application.  Applications and transcripts should be submitted through Secure Share.  Instructions for using Secure Share can be found here.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the application or submittal process.

Celebration of Scholars Poster Session to be Held Monday

Each fall as the academic year gets underway, the College’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) hosts a poster session to showcase recent student-faculty research. The 2019 Celebration of Scholars event will take place on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Addlestone Library. This year’s […]

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 […]