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URCA Award
URSCO Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award

Application deadline: Fall and Spring (2104-15) support - April 13, 2014

Since 1997 UNCG has invested more than $1,000,000 and supported more than 900 undergraduate student researchers. The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on their research, scholarship, or creative projects. Faculty and students in all academic disciplines are encouraged to submit requests for support.

The URSCO URCA program is funded through the indirect costs generated by external grants awarded to UNCG. Students can earn up to $3,000 (up to $1,500 per funding period) for their work.

All awardees must present their results during the annual celebration of undergraduate scholarship held each spring:

Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo

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Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Community Engaged projects are encouraged.

  • Community Engaged - indicates "activities that are undertaken with community members in a context of reciprocal partnership."
  • Requests for support of community engaged research can be submitted in conjunction with the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL). Please see their community scholarship webpage for timing and information about full proposals.
    • please note that the timelines for submission between these offices may vary.


There are four parts to the URSCO URCA application. The table below includes an outline of details.

Save items #2-4 as a Portable Document Format (PDF) and send as an one attachment to ursco@uncg.edu.




1. Online coversheet

We are not currently accepting applications.

2. Title page

  1. Title of the project
  2. Faculty mentor’s name
  3. Student(s) name
  4. At the bottom of this page, the statement “This statement certifies that both the student(s) (INSERT NAME(s)) and faculty mentor(s) (INSERT NAME(s)) were involved in the development of this URSCO URCA award application.

3. Three page project description

The actual project description can not exceed three pages in length.
Standard 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You must use font Times New Roman (size no smaller than 11).
The project description should be written in jargon-free English, and include the following sections:

  1. Project goals (Hypothesis, objectives, significance, etc.)
  2. Methods the student will utilize to achieve goals
  3. Role of the faculty mentor
  4. Role of the student
  5. Benefits to the faculty mentor
  6. Benefits to the student
  7. Justification of the award amount
4. Literature Cited page  

Limit references/literature cited to ONE page. This page should only contain a list of cited works.

* If the mentor is a faculty member in a non-tenure line, a letter from that person’s supervisor is required to address how the completion of the project and mentoring of the student will continue if the mentor leaves UNCG prior to the completion of the project.

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Deadline for URCA Proposals

Requests for Fall and Spring (2014-15) support are due: April 13, 2014, Midnight

Review Process

Soon after the application deadline, copies of requests are distributed a review committee comprised of faculty. Each member of the committee evaluates the proposals independently and assigns each a score. The committee then meets to discuss the proposals and decides which to support at at what level.

The primary criteria are the clarity of the proposal, benefits for the student and the faculty mentor, and potential impact.
  • requests from all disciplines are encouraged
  • those with aspects of community engagement and/or interdisciplinary scholarship are also encouraged

The actual research/creative activity proposal will be judged only indirectly. The review process will have two stages. First, it will be determined whether or not the application is worth funding. Then, the committee will consider the requested amount and the justification for it and make a recommendation to either: 1) offer the award as requested, 2) offer the award with a smaller than requested amount, 3) do not offer the award.

A proposal can receive a maximum of 70 points (up to 10 points each for sections A - G).


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