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The Office of Undergraduate Research is a resource for the support and promotion of undergraduate learning and faculty/student collaboration through research and creative experiences and the dissemination of research, scholarly, and creative outcomes. 

What is Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate research (UGR) is broadly defined as original research and scholarly or creative work within or across academic disciplines that is conducted by an undergraduate student or team of students, usually with guidance from a faculty or external mentor.  It is a process of careful inquiry, methodology, and outcomes leading to the discovery of new information or the generation of creative works.  

Undergraduate Research at Coastal Carolina University

CCU students from all disciplines conduct undergraduate research.  It is a powerful learning experience and a clear pathway to success in careers and graduate programs.

  • In the 2013-2014 academic year, nearly 600 undergraduate CCU students enrolled in an undergraduate research course.  Most of these were individual research or directed study courses in which students worked one-on-one with their faculty mentor. 
  • In the 2012-2013 academic year, CCU undergraduate students were authors/presenters in:
    • 92 presentations at professional conferences/exhibitions
    • 15 peer-reviewed articles in professional publications
    • >100 presentations and publications in CCU scholarly journals, the CCU Undergraduate Research Competition, and University Symposia
    • >100 senior research theses

Results of the Spring 2014 CCU Undergraduate Research Competition

Oral Presentations (awards in three categories)

First Place, Humanities and Business: Nathaniel GrimesInstitutions of the Shark Fin Market: Roles of Externalities and Incentives (Economics and Marine Science major, Mentor: Rob Salvino)

First Place, Social and Political Sciences: Ashleigh Simons, Blame attribution as a function of sexual assault victim characteristics (Psychology major, Mentor: Linda Palm)

First Place, Physical, Biological, and Health Sciences: Janel ReevesCall a Vegetable a Vegetable: Perceptions and Taste Ratings (Biology major, Mentor:  Sharon Thompson)

Second Place, Physical, Biological, and Health Sciences: Mary AndersonEffectiveness of Gaming Systems on Balance in Older Individuals (Biology major, Mentors: Greg Martel and Karen Aguirre)


Poster Presentations (all categories combined)

Tie for First Place: Anthony CarroneTatoos and Risk Taking Behavior in College Students (Psychology major, Mentor: Miranda Brenneman); and Valerie HartiganStable Isotope Analysis in Deep Sea Cephalopods of the Bear Seamount (Marine Science major, Mentor: Juli Harding)

Second Place: Joseph GriswoldPrevalence and Intensity of Ectoparasites on Fundulus heteroclitus as a Function of Size in Two Marsh Systems in South Carolina, USA (Marine Science major, Mentor: Erin Burge)

Save the Date

Annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competiton

April 14-15, 2015
Coastal Carolina University

Abstract Deadline: February24, 2015

Website:  click UGR Competition link on left menu bar

BigSURS 2015 (Big South
Undergraduate Research

April 10-11, 2015
Campbell University
Buies Creek, North Carolina

Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2015

Early Registration Deadline: March 23, 2015

Website:  http://www.campbell.edu/bigsurs-2015

Bridges, CCU Journal of Student Research

Call for papers deadline:  January 30, 2015

Website: http://www.coastal.edu/academics/bridges/

29th Annual
National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

April 16-18, 2015
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington

Abstract Deadline: December 2, 2014

Website:  www.cur.org/ncur_2015/


Office Location

Office for Undergraduate Research
Baxley Hall 223A

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