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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 2015 CCU Undergraduate Research Competition

 Oral Presentations (Awards in 2 categories):

1st Place, Humanities, Business, and Education:  Carlie Mills, Conducting Formative Research in Alcohol Social Norms Campaigns (Communication major, Mentor:  Mark Flynn)

 1st Place, Science and Math:  Alyson Lavin, Association Patterns in Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Northern South Carolina (Marine Science major, Mentor:  Rob Young)

 2nd Place, Science and Math:  Lyndsay Young, Multiple Pathways of Neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis  Elegans (Marine Science major, Mentor:  Daniel Williams)


 Poster Presentations (all categories combined):

1st Place:  John Segreto, Unsteady Effects of the Near Wake Behind Freely Flying European Starling, American Robin and Western Sandpiper (Chemistry major, Mentor:  Roi Gurka)

2nd Place:  Jennifer Soyke-Tester, The Effects of Fixed and Free Play Interactions with a Robotic Dog on Student Emotional States (Psychology major, Mentor: Terry Pettijohn)

 3rd Place:  Jessamin A. Straub, Fluvial Morphology and Bedform Migration in the Ebb Tidal Dominated Duplin River, Georgia (Marine Science major, Mentor: Jenna Hill)

Save the Date

Annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competiton / Celebration of Inquiry

April 12-14, 2016
Coastal Carolina University

Abstract Deadline:  February 22, 2016

Website:  click UGR Competition link on left menu bar

Bridges, CCU Journal of Student Research

Call for papers deadline:  February 5, 2016

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

30th Annual
National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

April 7-9, 2016
Ashville, NC

Abstract Deadline: December 2, 2015

Website:  http://www.cur.org/ncur_2016/

South Carolina Academy of Science

April 16, 2016
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC

Abstract Deadline:  February 20, 2016

Website:  http://www.scasannualmeeting.com

  • 016 Meeting:  April 16, 2016, Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC)
  • Abstract Deadline:  February 20, 2016
  • Early Registration Deadline:  March 20, 2016
  • Website:  http://www.scasannualmeeting.com


Office Location

Office for Undergraduate Research
Baxley Hall 223A

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