College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

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Good luck with the rest of your finals and have a great summer everyone! To all graduating seniors, congratulations, and good luck with all future endeavors! URCA wishes everyone the best.
Check out all the URCA funded projects that presented at CofC's EXPO!
This week we caught up with Mary Kule! Mary is a senior majoring in Geology and minoring in meteorology. Mary received an RPG award to present her research Barrier island stability and segmentation in micro-tidal environments at the AGU.
CALLING ALL STUDENTS! The CofC Expo to showcase research, creative activities, scholarship, or community service projects completed by undergraduate or graduate students during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 academic year will take place on April 7th at TD Arena. Student abstracts are due by MONDAY, MARCH 14. Click the link to submit your abstract and learn more about the CofC 2022 Expo!

https://academicaffairs.cofc.edu/expo/

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
We looooove research funding!! This is your final reminder than SURF applications are due by 5pm on 2/11! Email us with any questions ❤️
Reminder that SURF applications are due on Friday Feb 11th!! Head to our website for more information.
Are you interested in completing a summer research project with a CofC faculty member? Apply for a SURF grant by February 11th! You can find details on our website: https://urca.cofc.edu/grant-info/summer-undergraduate-research-with-faculty-surf.php
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 contraceptives.

“So many women are unaware that the withdrawal bleeding that happens at the end of the birth control pill cycle is unnecessary. Contraceptives can change a woman’s period or can sometimes prevent her from having one at all. This study consisted of an interview that determined the extent of the interviewee’s familiarity with contraceptives as well as what would appeal best to them in a campaign. My main role was to recruit and interview participants, as well as co-author sections of the manuscript. This research is important to me as I plan on pursuing a career in women’s health,” Lauren told us.

This opportunity was important to Lauren because she hopes “to attend medical school and, after [her] residency, practice within the field of women’s health.”
“I am extremely interested in the current issues that are relevant to women’s health in the United States and further globally. I feel that my research with the Women’s Health Research Team is helping me to prepare for issues and phenomena that I will definitely encounter throughout my career,” Lauren shared with us.

Lauren felt that this project in particular is important because “I feel that there is a stigma surrounding women’s health issues. People my age feel uncomfortable when I bring up issues or current legislation that concern women’s health or reproductive rights. I feel that my work on these projects helps me to communicate better with my peers, most of whom are women, that our health issues and complications are normal topics and that we should not be embarrassed to discuss them. The more I study women’s health, the more work I find that needs to be done. Most women do not understand contraceptives or know about the multitude of options that are available regarding their reproductive health. I want my generation to become informed and empowered about their freedom and options concerning their sexual health.”

Thank you to Lauren for sharing your SURF 2021 experience for conducting this important work! Attached is a photo from Lauren’s project.
RPG grants for conference travel April 15 - June 1 are due tomorrow, January 21st!
Attend the SURF Info sessions to learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) grant opportunities on Monday 1/10 at 4:30pm in Calhoun Annex 105 or Tuesday 1/11 at 3:30pm in Calhoun Annex 106

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 learn more!

The URCA Program supports creative and scholarly efforts undertaken by undergraduate students in col

The URCA Program supports creative and scholarly efforts undertaken by undergraduate students in collaboration with faculty mentors. To learn more about funding opportunities and past recipients, visit our blog at blogs.cofc.edu/urca

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We are here to help! Last chance to consider applying for a MAYS grant when working through year-long research or creative projects. Visit our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE for more details!

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Visit urca.cofc.edu for more information and a step-by-step ‘How to Apply’ video. Please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected] regarding any questions or concerns about the application process.

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There are only 4 days left to submit a MAYS grant application! Visit our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE for information and details!

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We are here to help! Consider applying for a MAYS grant when working through year-long research or creative projects. More information can be found on our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE.

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If you're looking for year-long funding to cover student research expenses for your research or creative project, look no further! MAYS grants can help! Please visit our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE for more information.

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We are here to help! Last chance to consider applying for an RPG when traveling to research conferences throughout the Fall 2023 semester. Visit our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE for more details!

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We are on the lookout for a student enrolled in a master’s program at The College that is interested in graduate assistantship with The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program. More information and application details on The College's Handshake at ‘Graduate Assistant: Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA).’ Please contact Beth Sundstrom at [email protected] and [email protected] with any questions.

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There are only 6 days left to submit an RPG application! Visit our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE for information and details!

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This week URCA highlights 2023 SURF grant recipient, Sophia Mucci, for her outstanding research highlighting the need for a further look into South Carolina agriculture and how it is impacted by climate change! Great work Sophia- URCA is proud of you!

08/17/2023

This week URCA highlights 2020 SURF grant recipient, Timothy Hunter, for his outstanding research developing a new pathway that will ultimately afford the [n,0]-meta-cyclophane compounds. Great work Timothy- URCA is proud of you!

Timeline photos 08/16/2023

We are here to help! Consider applying for an RPG when traveling to research conferences throughout the Fall 2023 semester. More information can be found on our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE.

Timeline photos 08/10/2023

If you're looking for travel funding to a conference to present the results of your research or creative project during July-December, look no further! RPGs can help! Please visit our website at https://buff.ly/465Q4LE for more information.

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 08/07/2023

This week URCA highlights 2023 SURF grant recipient, Cole Thornsberry, for his outstanding research on a large specimen of the trionychoid turtle Basilemys praeclara, alongside an as-of-yet unidentified specimen of baenid turtle! Great work Cole- URCA is proud of you!

08/03/2023

This week URCA highlights 2020 SURF grant recipient, Raija Haughn, for her outstanding research to help HIV care providers understand patient-perceived barriers related to patient counseling in regard to infant feeding and contraception. Great work Raija - URCA is proud of you!

07/20/2023

This week URCA highlights 2021 SURF grant recipient, Connor Cozad, for his outstanding research on tidally-induced and rainfall flooding on citizens in the Lowcountry! Great work Connor- URCA is proud of you!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 07/12/2023

This week URCA highlights 2022 and 2023 SURF grant recipient, Francesca Gibson (), for her outstanding research on the experience of bewitchment! Great work Francesa- URCA is proud of you!

01/31/2023

Please disregard the previous post- SURF applications are due on February 10th! Don't miss this chance to secure funding for your summer research project. More information can be found on our website!

01/30/2023

If you're looking for funding for a summer research project, look no further! SURF applications are due on Friday, February 3rd to support summer research. Don't miss out on the opportunity to secure funding! Details can be found on our website.

01/26/2023

ATTENTION! We are hiring!

We are looking for a new undergraduate student intern here at URCA. Details can be found in the link in our bio. Applications are due to Dr. Sundstrom on Jan 31st. Please reach out with questions!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 01/10/2023

Are you considering applying for a SURF grant? Do you have questions about the application process? Come to one of our information sessions! We are hosting two sessions, one in person and one on Zoom. Check out the slides and let us know if you have any questions!

12/14/2022

Congrats everyone for making it to the end of the semester! If you are interested in applying for a SURF grant, make sure to keep an eye out for more important info in the next few weeks 👀

10/20/2022

Don’t let the scaries get to you this spooky season 👻 If you’re interested in applying for RPG/MAYS grants, the next deadline to apply is Friday, October 28th! Check out our website for details and feel free to reach out with any questions.

10/04/2022

Are you conducting research on campus or plan to present your research findings at a conference? Then apply for a MAYS or RPG grant! Applications are due 10/28 and details on both grants can be found on our website.

04/29/2022

Good luck with the rest of your finals and have a great summer everyone! To all graduating seniors, congratulations, and good luck with all future endeavors! URCA wishes everyone the best.

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 04/25/2022

Check out all the URCA funded projects that presented at CofC's EXPO!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 03/30/2022

This week we caught up with Mary Kule! Mary is a senior majoring in Geology and minoring in meteorology. Mary received an RPG award to present her research Barrier island stability and segmentation in micro-tidal environments at the AGU.

02/25/2022

CALLING ALL STUDENTS! The CofC Expo to showcase research, creative activities, scholarship, or community service projects completed by undergraduate or graduate students during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 academic year will take place on April 7th at TD Arena. Student abstracts are due by MONDAY, MARCH 14. Click the link to submit your abstract and learn more about the CofC 2022 Expo!

https://academicaffairs.cofc.edu/expo/

COVID-19 and Air Pollution: A Spatial Analysis of Particulate Matter Concentration and Pandemic-Associated Mortality in the US 02/21/2022

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

COVID-19 and Air Pollution: A Spatial Analysis of Particulate Matter Concentration and Pandemic-Associated Mortality in the US In 2019, a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was first reported in Wuhan, China. The virus causes the disease commonly known as COVID-19, and, since its emergence, it has infected over 252 million individuals globally and taken the lives of over 5 million in the same time span. Primary research on SARS...

02/10/2022

We looooove research funding!! This is your final reminder than SURF applications are due by 5pm on 2/11! Email us with any questions ❤️

02/07/2022

Reminder that SURF applications are due on Friday Feb 11th!! Head to our website for more information.

01/26/2022

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 contraceptives.

“So many women are unaware that the withdrawal bleeding that happens at the end of the birth control pill cycle is unnecessary. Contraceptives can change a woman’s period or can sometimes prevent her from having one at all. This study consisted of an interview that determined the extent of the interviewee’s familiarity with contraceptives as well as what would appeal best to them in a campaign. My main role was to recruit and interview participants, as well as co-author sections of the manuscript. This research is important to me as I plan on pursuing a career in women’s health,” Lauren told us.

This opportunity was important to Lauren because she hopes “to attend medical school and, after [her] residency, practice within the field of women’s health.”
“I am extremely interested in the current issues that are relevant to women’s health in the United States and further globally. I feel that my research with the Women’s Health Research Team is helping me to prepare for issues and phenomena that I will definitely encounter throughout my career,” Lauren shared with us.

Lauren felt that this project in particular is important because “I feel that there is a stigma surrounding women’s health issues. People my age feel uncomfortable when I bring up issues or current legislation that concern women’s health or reproductive rights. I feel that my work on these projects helps me to communicate better with my peers, most of whom are women, that our health issues and complications are normal topics and that we should not be embarrassed to discuss them. The more I study women’s health, the more work I find that needs to be done. Most women do not understand contraceptives or know about the multitude of options that are available regarding their reproductive health. I want my generation to become informed and empowered about their freedom and options concerning their sexual health.”

Thank you to Lauren for sharing your SURF 2021 experience for conducting this important work! Attached is a photo from Lauren’s project.

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