College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

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RPG grants for conference travel April 15 - June 1 are due tomorrow, January 21st! #cofcurca #cofc
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 #cofcurca

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!
Surf info sessions on Monday 1/10 at 4:30 in CAAN 105 (Calhoun Annex) and Tuesday 1/11 at 3:30 in CAAN 106 (Calhoun Annex) #cofcurca
Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a restful winter break!
This week we caught up with Annie Forgette, a Senior double majoring in Computer Science and Computing in the Arts with a digital media concentration! Annie and her mentor, Dr. Bill Manaris, received a SURF 2021 Grant to create an Interactive Participatory Music Environment where artists are able to host interactive musical and artistic experiences!

“Our goal is to create an environment where everyday people are able to engage meaningfully with and contribute to shared musical and artistic experiences by making simple choices on and interacting with their smartphones! Some of my favorite memories from this experience have been the little a-ha moments that I’ve shared with my professor and colleagues along the way. Whether it’s when we finally debug a difficult error in our code or when we reach an interesting new concept for an artistic piece after much conversation and research, it’s super rewarding to have that shared moment of clarity,” Annie shared.

“I’ve learned a lot from this experience! I think one of the most valuable things I’ve gained is the knowledge of what work in my field can look like. There are so many interesting intersections between art and programming, and this opportunity has been such a valuable chance for me to explore those intersections in a hands-on, real way.

It is so important to explore within your field and department! I never really imagined myself doing research during my college career because I didn’t fully grasp what research in my field could look like. Research can be creative, collaborative, and artistic! I’d encourage others to be curious and explore the wide range of opportunities that are available to you!” Annie told us.

Attached are photos from Annie’s project. Thank you to Annie for sharing your SURF 2021 experience!
Reminder that SURF info sessions will be held January 10th and 11th, 2022! Time and location will be announced closer to the date. See you there!
You've got this Cougars!
This week, we caught up with Patrick Wohlscheid, a senior majoring in English & Philosophy! Patrick and his mentor, Dr. Tim Carens, received a SURF grant to study The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen and how the category of obscurity sets Machen's work apart from other Victorian Gothic texts.

Thanks so much for sharing your SURF experience, Patrick! #cofc #collegeofcharleston #urca #undergraduateresearch
This week we caught up with Gabby Molloseau, a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Spanish! Gabby & her mentors, Dr. Michael Giuliano & Dr. Marcello Forconi, received a SURF grant to study the nature of cell surfaces to better understand cell signaling and communication. More at https://blogs.cofc.edu/urca
This spooky season, don't miss out on your chance to apply for research funding! The next round of RPG and MAYS applications are due October 29th!
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 both Orellana’s musical production and with audiences’ and scholars’.

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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01/20/2022

RPG grants for conference travel April 15 - June 1 are due tomorrow, January 21st! #cofcurca #cofc

RPG grants for conference travel April 15 - June 1 are due tomorrow, January 21st! #cofcurca #cofc

01/11/2022
01/10/2022

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 #cofcurca

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!

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 #cofcurca

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!

01/04/2022

Surf info sessions on Monday 1/10 at 4:30 in CAAN 105 (Calhoun Annex) and Tuesday 1/11 at 3:30 in CAAN 106 (Calhoun Annex) #cofcurca

Surf info sessions on Monday 1/10 at 4:30 in CAAN 105 (Calhoun Annex) and Tuesday 1/11 at 3:30 in CAAN 106 (Calhoun Annex) #cofcurca

12/15/2021

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a restful winter break!

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a restful winter break!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 12/13/2021

This week we caught up with Annie Forgette, a Senior double majoring in Computer Science and Computing in the Arts with a digital media concentration! Annie and her mentor, Dr. Bill Manaris, received a SURF 2021 Grant to create an Interactive Participatory Music Environment where artists are able to host interactive musical and artistic experiences!

“Our goal is to create an environment where everyday people are able to engage meaningfully with and contribute to shared musical and artistic experiences by making simple choices on and interacting with their smartphones! Some of my favorite memories from this experience have been the little a-ha moments that I’ve shared with my professor and colleagues along the way. Whether it’s when we finally debug a difficult error in our code or when we reach an interesting new concept for an artistic piece after much conversation and research, it’s super rewarding to have that shared moment of clarity,” Annie shared.

“I’ve learned a lot from this experience! I think one of the most valuable things I’ve gained is the knowledge of what work in my field can look like. There are so many interesting intersections between art and programming, and this opportunity has been such a valuable chance for me to explore those intersections in a hands-on, real way.

It is so important to explore within your field and department! I never really imagined myself doing research during my college career because I didn’t fully grasp what research in my field could look like. Research can be creative, collaborative, and artistic! I’d encourage others to be curious and explore the wide range of opportunities that are available to you!” Annie told us.

Attached are photos from Annie’s project. Thank you to Annie for sharing your SURF 2021 experience!

12/10/2021

Reminder that SURF info sessions will be held January 10th and 11th, 2022! Time and location will be announced closer to the date. See you there!

Reminder that SURF info sessions will be held January 10th and 11th, 2022! Time and location will be announced closer to the date. See you there!

12/08/2021

You've got this Cougars!

You've got this Cougars!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 11/30/2021

This week, we caught up with Patrick Wohlscheid, a senior majoring in English & Philosophy! Patrick and his mentor, Dr. Tim Carens, received a SURF grant to study The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen and how the category of obscurity sets Machen's work apart from other Victorian Gothic texts.

Thanks so much for sharing your SURF experience, Patrick! #cofc #collegeofcharleston #urca #undergraduateresearch

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 10/21/2021

This week we caught up with Gabby Molloseau, a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Spanish! Gabby & her mentors, Dr. Michael Giuliano & Dr. Marcello Forconi, received a SURF grant to study the nature of cell surfaces to better understand cell signaling and communication. More at https://blogs.cofc.edu/urca

10/14/2021

This spooky season, don't miss out on your chance to apply for research funding! The next round of RPG and MAYS applications are due October 29th!

This spooky season, don't miss out on your chance to apply for research funding! The next round of RPG and MAYS applications are due October 29th!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 10/13/2021

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 both Orellana’s musical production and with audiences’ and scholars’.

10/12/2021

The SC Space Grant Consortium is now accepting applications and proposals for their 2022/2023 faculty and student funding opportunities. Check out their website for more information! http://scspacegrant.cofc.edu/

The SC Space Grant Consortium is now accepting applications and proposals for their 2022/2023 faculty and student funding opportunities. Check out their website for more information! http://scspacegrant.cofc.edu/

09/28/2021

If you need funding for a research project OR you need funding to present your research at a conference, consider applying for MAYS/RPG by 10/29! Visit our website for more information.

If you need funding for a research project OR you need funding to present your research at a conference, consider applying for MAYS/RPG by 10/29! Visit our website for more information.

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 09/27/2021

This week we caught up with Jennifer Sella, an Exercise Science Senior minoring in Psychology! Jenny and her mentor, Dr. Morgan Hughey, received a SURF 2021 Grant to explore the energy expenditure differences between bicycles and electric-assist bicycles for Charleston's bike share program.

Jenny shared with us, "Bike share programs are a growing trend in cities around the world, where users can rent, ride, and return bicycles at several stations designed to offer alternative and more physically active transportation. Many bike share companies are further innovating by offering electric bicycles (e-bikes) which use a battery and motor to offer a boost while the user is pedaling. The goal of our study was to quantify the differences in energy needed to use a regular bike share bicycle compared to an e-bike and to examine differences in individual perceptions of difficulty between the two bike types. Compared to regular bikes, we hypothesized that e-bike rides would use about 25% less energy, yet individuals would report greater enjoyment on the e-bike. Essentially, e-bikes may not offer as much physical activity as a regular bicycle, we predicted that they would be more enjoyable to users and still raise one's heart rate enough to offer substantial activity "points," making them all around more favorable to a city's population."

We asked Jenny what her favorite memory from her project was, " truly, every participant’s initial reaction to riding the e-bike. We would have participants start riding the bike in the parking lot at Hampton park before entering the bike lane on the road. This allowed participants to get a good “feel” for how the bike works, and adjust the seat as needed. Hilariously, as one started pedaling and the e-bike motor kicked in, without fail, every participant exclaimed “WOAH!” It was very funny for me to hear over and over again, and every single participant said it."

"I gained a lot from this project including hands-on experience, new knowledge, and skill development. I applied skills and knowledge I had originally learned in the classroom to a more involved, hands-on project. From practical applications of how the body works and responds to exercise, to drafting the methods section for our manuscript, I could apply the concepts learned in my Exercise Science classes to a more “real world” experience. While I am still deciding what I want to do after graduation specifically, this project has emphasized my desire to work with people and in a healthcare profession. Beyond the busy work and time spent on all other aspects of this project, I most appreciated the time I had engaging directly with participants. I am certain I will take the skills from both the classroom and this specific hands-on experience into my career in the healthcare field." Jenny told us.

"I hope readers understand the importance of incorporating physical activity in their daily lives, even in ways that may seem unconventional or “easy.” Replacing commute travel with a bike, or e-bike, is a great way to increase activity and, if whole communities integrated more usage of bike share programs, then whole communities health and fitness would improve." Jenny shared.

Attached are some photos from Jenny’s project. Thank you to Jenny for sharing your SURF 2021 experience!

#cofc #cofcresearch #urca

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 09/20/2021

This week we caught up with Public Health major and Geoinformatics minor, Sam Andritsch! Sam and her mentor, Dr. Brian Bossak, received a SURF 2021 grant to explore the spatial correlation between COVID-19 mortality and fine particulate matter concentrations in the United States.

URCA 09/15/2021

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To stay up to date on funding opportunities and past recipients research, visit our blog at http://blogs.cofc.edu/urca

URCA Student Spotlight: Sammy Stocking Meet Psychology Senior, Sammy Stocking! Sammy and her mentor, Dr. Michael Ruscio received a 2021 SURF grant to explore invertebrate research. Sammy told us, “Dr. Ruscio and I examined the process of neurogenesis in adult snapping shrimp. Neurogenesis when new neur...

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities added a button to help you learn more about them. 09/15/2021

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities added a button to help you learn more about them.

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities added a button to help you learn more about them.

09/15/2021

Our 2021-2022 Grant Opportunities and their deadlines!

Our 2021-2022 Grant Opportunities and their deadlines!

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 09/13/2021

This week we caught up with Grace Bader, a junior majoring in Molecular Biology & minoring in Neuroscience and Chemistry, about the summer research they completed with Dr. Jenn Wilhelm!

09/10/2021

Reminder for all SURF 2021 recipients- final reports are due by Monday, September 20th. We can't wait to read about the wonderful work you did this summer!

09/09/2021

Are you a student who's received grant funding from us & would like to showcase your completed project? Contact us to be featured in our new ongoing social media ✨student spotlight✨! Our first feature was posted last week, so check that out if you missed it. #cofc #urca

Photos from College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's post 09/07/2021

This week we caught up with Psychology Senior Sammy Stocking about the summer research they completed with Dr. Michael Ruscio!

“Dr. Ruscio and I examined the process of neurogenesis in adult snapping shrimp. Neurogenesis when new neurons are formed in the brain, and we chose to look into snapping shrimp because they go through seasonal changes in overall body growth, as well as overall nervous system changes. Our main goal was to compare rates of neurogenesis with seasonal changes (breeding and non-breeding seasons) in female and male shrimp; we compared these rates using brain staining techniques and florescent microscopy. The results of our summer research are very promising, and Dr. Ruscio and I will continue this research project into the 2021-2022 school year as my Bachelor’s Essay.” -Sammy Stocking

08/25/2021

A final reminder that the next deadline for MAYS/RPG is Monday, August 30th!

A final reminder that the next deadline for MAYS/RPG is Monday, August 30th!

07/30/2021

If you plan on applying for RPG or MAYS, the next deadline is August 30th! Check out our website for details on each grant: urca.cofc.edu

If you plan on applying for RPG or MAYS, the next deadline is August 30th! Check out our website for details on each grant: urca.cofc.edu

07/05/2021

Final reminder about the upcoming deadline for the first round of RPG awards! Details can be found on our website urca.cofc.edu

06/29/2021

Don't forget that the next deadline for RPG is July 9th! Check out our website urca.cofc.edu for more details on applying for a Research Presentation Grant to present your research project.

Don't forget that the next deadline for RPG is July 9th! Check out our website urca.cofc.edu for more details on applying for a Research Presentation Grant to present your research project.

06/18/2021

The next deadline for RPG applications is coming up!! Apply by July 9 if you plan to travel to a conference from August 15-October 31!

The next deadline for RPG applications is coming up!! Apply by July 9 if you plan to travel to a conference from August 15-October 31!

Summer Research Grants Give Students Deeper Academic Experiences 06/08/2021

Summer Research Grants Give Students Deeper Academic Experiences

Summer Research Grants Give Students Deeper Academic Experiences While the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program funds projects year-round, its marquee event is its Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) grants, which seeks to reward cutting edge, well designed projects. “The process is very competitive,” says Charlie Calver...

03/24/2021

On April 16th, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be hosting a Summit of Scholars. We hope you can come and listen to some of these awesome presenters and learn about their research! Use the QR code on this post for more information.

On April 16th, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be hosting a Summit of Scholars. We hope you can come and listen to some of these awesome presenters and learn about their research! Use the QR code on this post for more information.

02/11/2021

Final reminder that SURF applications are due TOMORROW!! Check out our website for more details on how to apply for this research grant: urca.cofc.edu

Final reminder that SURF applications are due TOMORROW!! Check out our website for more details on how to apply for this research grant: urca.cofc.edu

02/05/2021

Valentine's Day is coming up, so if you'd love some funding for your summer research, don't forget that SURF applications are due in a week! Check out our website for more details.

Valentine's Day is coming up, so if you'd love some funding for your summer research, don't forget that SURF applications are due in a week! Check out our website for more details.

01/29/2021

Reminder that SURF applications are due in TWO WEEKS!!! Don't forget to apply for summer research funding! Look on our website for details.

Reminder that SURF applications are due in TWO WEEKS!!! Don't forget to apply for summer research funding! Look on our website for details.

01/15/2021

RPG applications are due in ONE WEEK!! If you want to present your research at a conference, check out our website for more info: https://urca.cofc.edu/grant-info/research-presentation-grants-rpg.php

RPG applications are due in ONE WEEK!! If you want to present your research at a conference, check out our website for more info: https://urca.cofc.edu/grant-info/research-presentation-grants-rpg.php

01/11/2021

Apply for a research presentation grant to present your research at a conference! Details on our website: https://urca.cofc.edu/grant-info/research-presentation-grants-rpg.ph

Apply for a research presentation grant to present your research at a conference! Details on our website: https://urca.cofc.edu/grant-info/research-presentation-grants-rpg.ph

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