The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URCA) is designed to help faculty and students partner in meaningful projects that result in advances in understanding within their discipline/field of study. Support can be used to help defray the cost of material expenses and/or related travel, or can be used to provide a stipend for the students. Managed by the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO), the URCA program is funded through the indirect costs generated by external grants awarded to UNCG.
Students are paid up to a $1,500 stipend for a given funding period (summer I, summer II, fall semester, and spring semester). Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000 for each student per academic year. The application has to specify the actual requested amount for each of the funding periods, with justification of any amount in excess of $500 per period. Faculty can request up to $500 in support of the project’s cost.
The faculty mentor must submit the URCA application, which should be developed in collaboration with the student. Any member of the UNCG faculty can request support for up to two (2) UNCG undergraduates per academic year. Individuals who are on post-doctoral assignments are also eligible to apply. If the mentor is not in a tenure-track line, a letter from their supervisor is required to address how the student will complete the project if the mentor should leave UNCG prior to its completion. The URCA may support an undergrad student who is part of a large, on-going research program.
The next URCA deadline is Sunday, April 10 (11:59 PM). Learn more, find FAQs, and access application here: https://utlc.uncg.edu/ursco/funding/urca/