College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

The URCA Program supports creative and scholarly efforts undertaken by undergraduate students in collaboration with faculty mentors.

The URCA Program supports creative and scholarly efforts undertaken by undergraduate students in collaboration with faculty mentors.

Applications and more information can be found on our website:

Summer Research Grants Fund a Variety of Student Projects

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, student/faculty summer research projects are underway on campus and at home! SURF grants provide an immersive experience that challenges students to think beyond the classroom, deepen their knowledge in a field of study, and develop skills that makes them competitive for post-graduate pursuits. Check out some of the ground breaking research happening this summer! Everything is different in a world with COVID-19. Socializing. Working. Even shopping is different. And life as an undergraduate has been different as well. But that isn’t keeping students at the College of Charleston from gaining valuable experience with hands-on research this summer. Each year, ...

Research Presentation Grants - supports travel to conferences, meetings, competitions, etc. to present student/faculty collaborative research and creative activity projects.
DEADLINE: July 10th

The application and more information can be found on our website: [email protected]. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need help with the application.

SUMMIT OF SCHOLARS - Call for presenters

We are currently looking for students who are interested in giving an oral presentation on their collaborative student/faculty research or creative activity project.

This is a great opportunity to share your project with the campus community and work on your public speaking skills.

Reservations forms can be found on our website and are due Friday, March 20th.

Congratulations to Miranda Badolato, Elizabeth High and Lauren Nelson for their successful poster presentation at the Active Living Research Conference! The students researched the role that social support plays in Peruvian women's physical activity levels. Also pictured is Kate McInvale, their mentor.

Academic conferences 101: What they are, why go, how to present and how to pay for it all

Good article about why it is important to attend conferences as an undergraduate and what you can gain from the experience.[USERS]+All+Students&utm_campaign=70aeb733d7-Student_Newsletter_V25&utm_medium=ema Insight on what takes place at academic conferences, presenting your work, networking and paying for it all.

Check out this opportunity to present your research at the Southern Regional Science Association Conference in April. The conference draws from various disciplines including economics, geography and urban planning.
Bonus: Accepted students get their registration fee waived!!
Deadline to apply: Feb. 14th
Questions? Contact Christa Court- [email protected]

Chem and Biochem at the College of Charleston

Summer Research Opportunity
Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

Give to Strategic Initiatives in #CofCDAY!

Happy 250th birthday to CofC! A birthday gift to the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fund will be used to directly expand undergraduate research opportunities at the College. Mentored undergraduate student projects prepare students for the work-force, and enrich their education in life-changing ways. Please join me in creating these opportunities for future students! I’m ready to support Strategic Initiatives on January 30, 2020 during CofC Day. Learn more about Strategic Initiatives.

NIST SURF Program Overview

SURfing Materials Science and Engineering Lab: A NIST-NSF Partnership

Check out this 11-week summer internship program for undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or other STEM discipline.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2020 SURF Gaithersburg Program Dates:

REMINDER: the SURF application due date is just a few weeks away. Don't miss this opportunity to receive funding for your summer research or creative activity project!


Looking to conduct research this summer at another institution? Check out all the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities now available. Most applications are due Feb/March, don't delay!

You can search for opportunities here:

Quick reminder - RPG applications are due next Wednesday, January 22nd. Grant covers travel from April 15 - June 1, 2020. If your conference falls just outside of this time frame, please contact us.

NOW 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 Feb. 6th.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is our first SURF information session, don't miss this opportunity to learn details about the application process and ask any questions you may have. If you can't make the session tomorrow there is another one on Thursday.

Don't miss the last opportunity of the 2019/2020 academic year to apply for a Research Presentation Grant.

Reminder that our SURF information sessions are just a few days away. If you need help with the application process, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more and ask any questions you have may.

The Honors College is located at 10 Green Way.

Are you interested in learning about advanced sequencing tools? Check out this NSF BIT Summer Undergraduate Research Experience opportunity. Deadline to apply is Feb.14th, 2020.

Secrets to writing a winning grant

Great tips for writing a successful grant proposal. Experienced scientists reveal how to avoid application pitfalls to submit successful proposals.

The deadline for the final round of RPG applications is right around the corner! The grant covers conference travel from April 15 - June 1, 2020.

URCA has gone GREEN! We are excited to launch our NEW 100% electronic application for this round. Details and information can be found on our website We are always here to help if you have any questions.

Already tired of this cold weather... We can't wait for Summer!
Start preparing your Summer Undergraduate Research Funding (SURF) Applications over winter break!

Have questions? Come to a SURF information session on Wednesday, 1/8/20 and Thursday, 1/9/20 from 4-5 pm in Honors 200

This is a great opportunity for any students interested in marine science to get hands-on field and laboratory experience this summer. More information can be found at or check out their page GCRL Summer Field Program.

College of Charleston Department of Psychology

Here's an interesting opportunity for students considering graduate school in psychology or medical school. Applications are due Feb. 1.

Chem and Biochem at the College of Charleston

Congratulations Sondrica!

Not too shabby, a little journal called Nature. Sondrica Goines, Class of 2018 at UNC now working on her PhD.

Check out this scholarship opportunity for students majoring in a discipline related to the environment.

Apply here -

Congratulations to Gracie Eldridge for her successful poster presentation at @SETACToronto last week! Gracie was a recipient of a SURF grant this summer and received a RPG to help cover travel costs. We love seeing our undergraduates present at International Conferences!

Congratulations to Dr. Spalding and her students!

This semester Dr. Heather Spalding and her Phycology class attended the Southeastern Phycological Colloquy in Birmingham, AL. Eight students presented the class research which described the phenology of invasive alga. It's fantastic that our students were able to attend and present their research. Their research will be added to a larger data set which will be published in the future!

If you are interested in doing a science or math research project, make sure to go to the SSM Annual Research Mixer on Tuesday, Nov. 12 to meet with potential faculty mentors.

More photos from today’s Summit of Scholars!

Mark your calendars! The deadline for MAYS and RPG applications is next Wednesday, October 30th.

MAYS grants fund year-long research projects with CofC faculty.

This round of Research Presentation Grants will fund presentation fees for presentations between January 15 and April 30.

College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics

Congratulations to all of the students who presented at the SCAMP banquet last week!

SCAMP Celebrates 25 years!

Congratulations to the CofC Chemistry and Biochemistry students and faculty presenting their research at SERMACS!

27 undergraduate students and nine faculty members attended the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society this week in Savannah. Five students gave talks and the rest presented posters of their research. Thanks to URCA and to SSM for helping fund this important experience for our students. Congrats to our students:

Hannah Addis
Andrew Bogatkevich
Niamh Cahill
Connor Crull
Jaclyn Dunn
Phia Gierszal
Ryan Harbit
Mason Huebsch
Skye Jacobson
Dashiell Jay
James Linzel
Mary Britt McDonald
Emily McGee
Fabio Najjar
Bach Nguyen
Drew Pampu
Lyndsey Prosser
Emily Ramsayer
Abbey Reeves
Keon Rezaeerod
Wyatt Russell
Brendan Shumberger
Elizabeth Smolenski
Shawn Spann
Briana Taormina
Emma Watt
Kristen Weeks

Why Undergraduate Research Matters in College

Check out this article about Why Undergraduate Research Matters in College. Some benefits include, developing academic depth in chosen discipline and developing problem solving, project management and communication skills. Look for undergraduate research programs with opportunities for all students.

Please join us for the first student lecture series hosted by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Students will be presenting the results of their research or creative work projects and discussing how the project has impacted their time at the CofC and how it prepared them for their future career path. This is a great opportunity to hear about the research happening on campus, learn about funding sources and support the presenting students. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Place: Stern Center, Room 206

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