Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) 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

The Graduate Research Consultant Program was developed to increase research opportunities for undergraduates in courses. OUR encourages and supports instructors who want to transform course projects or assignments into research projects. By research projects, we mean opportunities in which students use the methods of the discipline to pose questions, apply those methods in investigation, and communicate formally their findings to others. Since an important aspect of performing authentic research is disseminating the results, we ask that your course includes a mechanism for students to communicate their findings publicly; for example, via a class presentation, a poster session, a website, etc. So that faculty can develop, guide, and evaluate the research component, we will compensate advanced graduate students 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. These Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) are expected to work 30 hours over the course of the semester and are paid $750 (beginning Fall 2008) through the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR). 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 GRC 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 GRC 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 a graduate student you select to be the GRC for your course.

For GRC faculty teaching the same GRC course for two or more times:

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

A Special Opportunity:

The UNC Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is partnering with the Office for Undergraduate Research to provide funding assistance for Graduate Research Consultants to assist undergraduate students in completing research projects that draw on the undergraduates’ foreign language skills. Priority for LAC-funded courses will be given to courses that promote applied foreign language skills outside traditional departments of languages and literatures. The foreign language may be used in the investigation and discovery process or in communicating research findings. Faculty who wish to be considered for LAC funding should indicate this interest on the online GRC application submitted to OUR and should be prepared to select a GRC with advanced proficiency in one or more foreign languages. GRC applications will be reviewed through the regular GRC course approval process; appropriate courses will then be forwarded to LAC staff for consideration for their support. At the end of the semester, faculty will be expected to provide LAC with information about the research projects which used students’ foreign language skills. If you have questions about this LAC option, please contact Tanya Kinsella at tekinsel@email.unc.edu or 919-962-1602.

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