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There are several opportunities for Coastal undergraduate students to engage in research on campus. It requires your initiative to search for positions available or to express your interests to faculty in the field. Some approaches could be:

  • Enroll in a course that focuses on research (see the listing below) Check Webadvisor or visit the relevant department to find out who typically teaches the course and arrange to meet with the faculty member to ask some questions about the research component of the class.  
  • Talk with faculty about their research interest and potential need for student assistants to help with that research (this could be for pay or for academic credit or neither, but it can be a positive addition to your resume).
  • Get hired as a student worker to conduct research on campus, through a grant or through a particular department, center or unit.
  • Get hired as a student intern (paid or unpaid / for academic credit) on or off campus that includes research activities and results in research findings (visit the Office of Careeer Services for internship postings and jobs on campus).

Consider scholarship opportunities offered by many organizations off campus from Fulbright to Rotary International. Contact Charmaine Tomczyk for more information about the Rotary International application processes, deadlines, essay writing and/or mock interviews.

For students involved in or interested in getting involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) research, visit www.webguru.neu.edu for information on many aspects of undergraduate research. The National Science Foundation offers Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) in many diverse fields of study. Visit http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm to see the variety of subject areas and opportunities.

There are more than eighty (80) Coastal Carolina University undergraduate courses (as of 2012) that involve undergraduate research. Check the University Catalog for a full description of the courses listed below or visit the academic department that offers the course for more information about when the course is offered and who are the faculty members who teach them.

ANTH 399 Independent Study
ARTH 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
ARTS 399 Independent Study
ARTD 450 Ashes2Art: Digital Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments 
ARTE 499 Special Topics in Visual Culture
BIOL 300 Biology Seminar 
BIOL 399 Independent Study 
BIOL 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
CBAD 357 Marketing Research 
CBAD 399 Independent Study 
CBAD 499 Selected Topics in Business 
CHEM 299 Introduction to Research (small scale projects) 
CHEM 399 Independent Study (may include research) 
CHEM 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
COMM 276 Communication Research 
COMM 311 Health Communication (may include research) 
COMM 399 Independent Study in Communication (may include research) 
COMM 410 Special Topics (may include research) 
COMM 491 Communication Capstone: thesis 
COMM 492 Communication Capstone: project 
CSCI 499 Topics in Computer Science 
ECON 399 Independent Study 
ECON 490 Senior Research Seminar 
ECON 495 The Service Learning Experience in Economics 
EDUC 399 Independent Study 
EDUC 402 Special Topics 
ENGL 300 Critical Conversations in English 
ENGL 399 Independent Study 
ENGL 496 Senior Thesis in English 
ENVI 399 Independent Study 
ENVI 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
EXSS 399 Independent Study in Exercise and Sport Science 
EXSS 499 Directed Undergraduate Research in Exercise and Sport Science 
FREN 399 Independent Study 
GEOG 399 Independent Study 
GEOL 399 Independent Study 
GEOL 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
GERM 399 Independent Study 
HPRO 399 Independent Study 
HPRO 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing 
HIST 492, 493,494 Topics in History 
HIST 499 Senior Thesis 
HONR 399 Independent Study 
HONR 499 Honors Senior Thesis/Project 
IDS 399 Independent Study 
JOUR 489 Journalism Special Topics Seminar (may include research) 
MSCI 399 Independent Study 
MSCI 403 Environmental Internships 
MSCI 497 Marine Science Senior Thesis 
MSCI 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
MATH 399 Independent Study / Internship 
MATH 490 Seminar in Mathematics 
MATH 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
PHIL 399 Independent Study (may include research) 
PHIL 399H Interdisciplinary Independent Study 
PHIL 490 Capstone Seminar 
PHED 399 Independent Study 
PHYS 398 Physics Seminar (small scale projects) 
PHYS 399 Independent Study (may include research) 
PHYS 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
POLI 399 Independent Study 
POLI 431 Model UN 
POLI 440 South Carolina State Legislative Process 
POLI 448 Mock Trial 
POLI 491 Topics in Government and International Studies 
POLI 499 Senior thesis 
PSYC 226/L Research Methods in Psychology 
PSYC 399 Independent Study 
PSYC 489 Special Topics in Psychology 
PSYC 497/L Applied Research in Psychology 
PSYC 498 /499 Individual Research 
RSM 399 Independent Study 
RSM 432 Research & Evaluation in Rec and Sport Mgmt. 
RSM 482 Special Topics in Recreation and Sport Mgmt 
RSM 499 Directed Undergraduate Research 
SOC 331/L Methods in Social Sciences 
SOC 399 Independent Study 
SOC 498 Topics in Sociology 
SOC 497 Sociology Senior Thesis
THEA 498 Musical Theatre Capstone
THEA 499 Theater Capstone Project
UNIV 498 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar 
WGST 498 Capstone Seminar

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


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Office for Undergraduate Research
Baxley Hall 223A

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