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Undergraduate research opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Most UGR students will work one on one with a CCU faculty mentor. Here are some ways to find a potential mentor:

  • Read the faculty profiles, including research interests, on CCU departmental websites. Some departments also have research summary pages (e.g. marine science or kinesiology, recreation and sport studies. 
  • Read publications from potential CCU mentors (books, articles, videos, etc.).
  • Ask your advisor which faculty member best fits your research interests.
  • Ask your fellow students about research experiences and mentors.
  • Drop by during a potential faculty mentor's office hours to chat about her/his research.
  • Make an appointment with the Office for Undergraduate Research to learn more.

Tips for success:

Unless you have a burning research question of your own, it is generally much easier to pick a topic that is related to your research mentor’s existing research program or creative efforts. Much of the supporting and background work will have already been done, various methodologies and resources may already be in place, and you may step right into a whole team of collaborators if other students are also working with your mentor.

The earlier you get involved in your project, the better. Some majors take care of this automatically, with a required research prep course the semester before a required research course/senior thesis. For most majors, though, the timing is up to you. The best scenario is to volunteer with a research program and/or research mentor long before you actually do an independent project for credit. Some students start as a freshman, and by the time they start an independent project as a junior or senior, they know exactly what they are getting into and are able to make a very informed decision in choosing their topic. At the very least, you should start planning your project with your mentor a semester before you take the course for credit.  

Off-Campus Opportunities

Some off-campus internships are research-based. Internship applications are often due many months before the start date, and most of these are summer programs.

More information

Office for Undergraduate Research
Kearns Hall 211F
843-349-2616

Rob Young
Director of Undergraduate Research
843-349-2277
ryoung@coastal.edu

Pat Taylor
Office Support
843-349-2616
patt@coastal.edu

Contact Us

Office for Undergraduate Research
Baxley Hall 223A
843-349-2616

Rob Young
Director of Undergraduate Research
843-349-2277
ryoung@coastal.edu

Pat Taylor
Office Support
843-349-2616
patt@coastal.edu

- See more at: http://www.coastal.edu/academics/research/#sthash.gd06z1ws.dpuf

Office for Undergraduate Research
Baxley Hall 223A
843-349-2616

Rob Young
Director of Undergraduate Research
843-349-2277
ryoung@coastal.edu

Pat Taylor
Office Support
843-349-2616
patt@coastal.edu

- See more at: http://www.coastal.edu/academics/research/#sthash.gd06z1ws.dpuf

Office for Undergraduate Research
Baxley Hall 223A
843-349-2616

Rob Young
Director of Undergraduate Research
843-349-2277
ryoung@coastal.edu

Pat Taylor
Office Support
843-349-2616
patt@coastal.edu

- See more at: http://www.coastal.edu/academics/research/#sthash.gd06z1ws.dpuf