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 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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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

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

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.

01/28/2022

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

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.

01/20/2022

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

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

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)

12/15/2021

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!

12/08/2021

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!

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!

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/

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.

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!

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