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.

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[07/05/21]   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

12/28/2020

The SURF grant deadline is just a few weeks away. Have questions or need help with the application? Come to one of our Information Sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 12th (in person) or Wednesday, Jan. 13th (virtual). Both sessions will be 4:30-5:30.

Tuesday (1/12) the Emmett Robinson Theatre (Simons Center for the Arts - 1st floor)

Wednesday (1/13) held on Zoom (https://cofc.zoom.us/j/91005420069)

12/04/2020

Investigating Nanocolloids Using Shadowgraphy

nature.com 12/01/2020

Octopus arms exhibit exceptional flexibility

Interesting research publication on octopus flexibility from a recent CofC alum who conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Andrew Clark in the Department of Biology.
Lane’s research is published in the prestigious Nature journal on her work as a research assistant at Wood’s Hole Marine Lab. Congratulations Lane!

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-77873-7#journal-info

nature.com The octopus arm is often referred to as one of the most flexible limbs in nature, yet this assumption requires detailed inspection given that this has not been measured comprehensively for all portions of each arm. We investigated the diversity of arm deformations in Octopus bimaculoides with a fram...

11/19/2020

Interested in presenting your research? Submit your abstract for NCUR 2021 here: https://apps.cur.org/ncur2021/account/?_zs=0i66c&_zl=nIcK2

11/17/2020

Mars Map Maker: User Empowerment in Meta Data and Data Submission

Research by Robert Niggebrugge, Josh Gilley, and Dr. Jim Bowring.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/mars-map-maker-user-empowerment-in-meta-data-and-data-submission.php

11/06/2020

Do you want to join a research project at CofC?
Register here for
College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics's research matchmaking event next Tuesday at 4:30 pm: https://forms.gle/VGbCnguZBRua1jHSA

10/21/2020

Synthesis and Spectral Characterization of 6-membered Silanes

Research by Andre Gagliano, Dr. Gamil Guirgis, and Professor Thomas Mcfadden.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/synthesis-and-spectral-characterization-of-6-membered-silanes.php

10/19/2020

Effects of Steroid Hormones on Voluntary Physical Activity Levels

Research by Vershelle Peterson and Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/effects-of-steroid-hormones-on-voluntary-physical-activity-levels-.php

10/19/2020

Encountering Overdose: An Analysis of College Students' Overdose Experiences

Research by Duncan Weller, Anne Scully, Dr. Sarah Hatteberg, and Dr. Christy Kollath-Cattano.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/encountering-overdose-an-analysis-of-college-students-overdose-experiences.php

10/16/2020

Feeling spooked about research funding?

Get started on your RPG and MAYS applications. They're due on October 30th!

Please reach out to us with any questions or help with the application at [email protected] or visit http://urca.cofc.edu for more information.

10/13/2020

The Effects of Estradiol Treatment on Synaptic Reorganization and Plasticity Around Motoneurons After Traumatic Peripheral Nerve Injury in Mice

Research by Vernon Kennedy and Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/the-effects-of-estradiol-treatment-on-synaptic-reorganization-and-plasticity-around-motoneurons-after-traumatic-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-mice..php

10/12/2020

Teaching Data Science Skills with a Focus on Visualization

Research by Emily Chafin, Camille Sullivan, and Professor Lancie Affonso.

Check out their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/teaching-data-science-skills-with-a-focus-on-visualization.php

10/08/2020

Congratulations!

Congrats to Pearce Hamilton and Dr. Mike Larsen @cofcphysics on their recent publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. This work was funded by College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities through a 2020 summer SURF award. Download the paper athttp://larsenml.people.cofc.edu/Larsen_files/lata_jpcl_2020.pdf

10/07/2020

Thermochemistry of Novel Polymers

Research by Brandon Wiliams, Dr. David S. Boucher, and Dr. Brooke Van Horn.

Check out their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/thermochemistry-of-novel-polymers.php

10/07/2020

Effects of Changeover-Requirement Location on Between-Sequence Variation in Pigeons

Research by Hawken Hass and Dr. Adam Doughty.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/effects-of-changeover-requirement-location-on-between-sequence-variation-in-pigeons.php

10/06/2020

Effect of Storage Temperature and Time on Urine Electrolyte Assessment

Research by Ethan Pierce, Abbie Cantrell, Miranda Badolato, and Dr. J.D. Adams.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/effect-of-storage-temperature-and-time-on-urine-electrolyte-assessment.php

10/02/2020

A Tomographic Scan of the Accretion Disk Around a Supermassive Black Hole

Research by Matthew Emery and Dr. George Chartas.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/a-tomographic-scan-of-the-accretion-disk-around-a-supermassive-black-hole.php

10/01/2020

NOW ACCEPTING MAYS and RPG APPLICATIONS!

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 30th

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need help with the application, [email protected].

09/29/2020

Topsoil: An Open-Source Visualization Engine for Geochronological Data

Research by Garrett Brenner and Dr. Jim Bowring.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/topsoil-an-open-source-visualization-engine-for-geochronological-data.php

09/29/2020

Dynamic Network Activation of Hypothalamic Neurons in REM Sleep

Research by Xandre Clementsmith and Dr. Sorinel Oprisan.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/dynamic-network-activation-of-hypothalamic-neurons-in-rem-sleep.php

09/28/2020

Tropical Cyclone Climatology for Columbia and Greenville SC

Research by Maxwell Zollinger and Dr. B. Lee Lindner.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/tropical-cyclone-climatology-for-columbia-and-greenville-sc.php

09/28/2020

Developing a Mobile Application for Flood Warning in the Charleston, SC Region

Research by Connor Cozad, Professor Lancie Affonso, and Dr. Norman Levine.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/developing-a-mobile-application-for-flood-warning-in-the-charleston,-sc-region.php

09/24/2020

Discovering Authorship of Flawed Code Snippets

Research by Damon Otero and Dr. Kris Ghosh.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/discovering-authorship-of-flawed-code-snippets.php

09/22/2020

A Compilation of Systems That Are Both Novae and Dwarf Novae

Research by Ashley Dowd and Dr. Ashley Pagnotta.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/Compilation-of-Systems-that-are-both-Novae-and-Dwarf-Novae.php

09/16/2020

Two-scale Factor Universality of O2: Experiments Under Density Gradients

Research by Seth Zoppelt and Dr. Ana Oprisan.

Read their abstract here: https://urca.cofc.edu/glance-at-research/celebration-of-scholars-2020/two-scale-factor-universality-of-o2-experiments-under-density-gradients.php

Videos (show all)

Investigating Nanocolloids Using Shadowgraphy
Mars Map Maker: User Empowerment in Meta Data and Data Submission
Synthesis and Spectral Characterization of 6-membered Silanes
Effects of Steroid Hormones on Voluntary Physical Activity Levels
Encountering Overdose: An Analysis of College Students' Overdose Experiences
The Effects of Estradiol Treatment on Synaptic Reorganization and Plasticity Around Motoneurons After Traumatic Peripher...
Teaching Data Science Skills with a Focus on Visualization
Thermochemistry of Novel Polymers
Effects of Changeover-Requirement Location on Between-Sequence Variation in Pigeons
Effect of Storage Temperature and Time on Urine Electrolyte Assessment
A Tomographic Scan of the Accretion Disk Around a Supermassive Black Hole
Topsoil: An Open-Source Visualization Engine for Geochronological Data

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