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The Carolina Research Scholar (CRS) Program fosters and expands engagement in undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The CRS Program builds an undergraduate community based on research, scholarship and inquiry-driven learning. It also serves as a framework to guide students in navigating the process of designing and pursuing mentored research, scholarship or creative performance, communicating their discoveries and findings to the larger community, and sharing their experiences with others. Carolina Research Scholars who successfully meet the requirements are recognized for their contributions to UNC’s intellectual and cultural climate with the “Carolina Research Scholar” transcript designation. All students are eligible to earn Carolina Research Scholar Program recognition.
Step 1: Completion of one of these multi-disciplinary courses:
Step 2: Completion of at least two research-intensive courses OR one research methods course and one research-intensive course.
Research-intensive courses are defined as undergraduate courses in which at least half of the course is devoted to students conducting original research and presenting research conclusions.Research methods courses are devoted to teaching students the techniques and skills to conduct research in a discipline. The OUR maintains a list of these courses on our website and updates them yearly. These courses must total at least 6 credit hours with a grade of C or higher. If the courses do not total 6 credit hours, additional research-intensive courses should be used to fulfill this requirement. No more than 3 credit hours from research methods courses may be counted.
Step 3: Presentation of Research. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of these ways:
Step 4: Submit an application to OUR
To receive your Carolina Research Scholar designation, an application must be received by:
Applications will be verified one month after the end of the semester.
Visit the FAQ page to learn more about conducting undergraduate research at UNC-CH and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions. We also encourage you to sign up for the OUR e-newsletter, read the OUR blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.