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 Grimes, Institutions 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 Reeves, Call a Vegetable a Vegetable: Perceptions and Taste Ratings (Biology major, Mentor: Sharon Thompson)
Second Place, Physical, Biological, and Health Sciences: Mary Anderson,Effectiveness 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 Carrone, Tatoos and Risk Taking Behavior in College Students (Psychology major, Mentor: Miranda Brenneman); and Valerie Hartigan, Stable Isotope Analysis in Deep Sea Cephalopods of the Bear Seamount (Marine Science major, Mentor: Juli Harding)
Second Place: Joseph Griswold, Prevalence 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
National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
April 16-18, 2015
Eastern Washington University
Call for Papers:
September 8, 2014
Deadline for Abstract
December 2, 2014
For more information, visit
April 10-11, 2015
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Office for Undergraduate Research
Sands Hall 111