Graduate Research Consultant Program

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Application Deadlines

Applications received by these deadlines will receive full consideration:

  • For fall courses: July 15th.
  • For spring courses: December 5th.
  • For summer courses: January 27th. 

Please note that generally only one application per instructor will be considered.

OUR encourages and supports instructors who want to transform course projects or assignments into research projects, thereby creating research-exposure courses.

Research-exposure courses require the completion of at least one course assignment which is a fully-realized research project. In such a project, students will pose a research question appropriate to the academic discipline and the level of the course, use methods acceptable in the discipline to answer those questions, and formally communicate their findings to others. The communication of findings might be via a class presentation, a poster session, a website, or other relevant communication activity.

Faculty teaching research-exposure courses may apply for Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) to work with the instructor and the students during the concentrated period of the course when the students are planning, carrying out and communicating their research. The GRCs are expected to work 30 hours over the course of the semester and are paid $750. GRCs coach and advise the undergraduate researchers; they do not grade or evaluate student work.

The assessments we have conducted show that these research-exposure courses are valuable to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. To encourage students to understand multiple modes of inquiry and to seek out research experiences in more than one discipline, the Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) includes a multidisciplinary requirement. Students can use research-exposure courses to meet this requirement.

To receive OUR funding for a GRC for your course, we ask that you submit an online proposal. You may find it helpful to preview the application. The turnaround time for a decision on the proposal is approximately one week after the application deadline. If your proposal is accepted, we will fund the graduate student you select to be the GRC for your course.

For faculty teaching the same GRC-supported research-exposure course for two or more times:

If you have submitted full proposals and received funding for a GRC at least two times for the same research-exposure course, and you intend to apply again for that course you may submit the short proposal form.

For more information see: