The University of North Carolina at Greensboro recognizes undergraduates who have participated in significant research and/or creative inquiry projects. Students may request this notation once they have met the criteria. Students achieving the Excellence in Research and/or Creative Inquiry notation will also receive a cord to be worn as part of their academic regalia.

University Commencement May 2023 at the Greensboro coliseum


  • Minimum of two semesters (or at least 8 weeks in a summer research program) engaged in mentored research/creative inquiry.
  • Endorsement of Research/ Creative Inquiry Mentor and/or Department.
  • Presentation of UNCG’s Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo.
  • Engagement in at least two URSCO – sponsored or co-sponsored student workshops.
  • Completion of survey of your research experience.
  • Presentation Author at (1 or more from this list counts as 1 of the 2):
    • State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS).
    • SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).
    • Poster on the Hill (Washington, DC).
    • National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
  • Presenting Author at a disciplinary conference.
  • Receive and Complete an URSCO Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URCA).
  • Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo award winner and/or recognition of excellence research/creativity as an undergraduate within your department /program.
  • Receive a regional or national research/ creative inquiry-focused award.
  • Senior Honors Project.
  • Author (or co-author) a peer reviewed publication (or in review with mentor verification).
  • Author/compose (or co-author) a Musical or Theatrical Production.
  • Work juried into an off-campus group art exhibition.
  • Curated or organized a group or solo exhibition– on campus or off-campus.
  • Engaged in a substantial choreographic, performance, or dance studies project.
  • Author/ compose (or co-author) a Musical Production.
  • Lyricist/librettist of a Musical Theater Production.
  • Engaged in a substantial performance, playscript or musical composition, direction, design, or technical project for a dramatic, musical, dance, film, or opera production project.

*All applications will be processed through and approved by the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creativity Office.

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