The goal of the Carolina Research Scholar Program is to foster and expand undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Under the umbrella of the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR), CRSP aims to build an undergraduate community based on research, scholarship and inquiry-driven learning. To this end, participants in CRSP who successfully meet the Program’s requirements will be recognized for their contributions to UNC’s intellectual and cultural climate with a designation on their transcript appropriately termed “Carolina Research Scholar.” The criteria for the CRSP recognition include the varied and important ways in which students may contribute to undergraduate research at UNC. These criteria also serve as a framework by which students can navigate the process of designing and pursuing mentored research, scholarship or creative performance in an area of interest, communicate their discoveries and findings to the larger community, and share their experiences and offer advice to future scholars.
All students are eligible to earn the CRSP recognition. The requirements for the Carolina Research Scholar designation on a student’s transcript are as follows:
- Completion of one multi-disciplinary course.This requirement can be met in one of three ways. You only need to complete one of the following options:
- Complete IDST 194 (formerly IDST 195). This is the introductory Modes of Inquiry class, a one-credit pass/fail course.
- Complete one research-intensive course of at least 3 credit hours in addition to requirement #2 below.This additional research-intensive course cannot be taken pass/fail, and you must receive a grade of C or better. It must be in a department different from at least one of the research-intensive courses used to satisfy requirement #2. For example, if you have taken two biology research-intensive courses in order to fulfill requirement #2, you could not use another BIOL course to fulfill this requirement.
- Complete one research-exposure course of at least 3 credit hours.The research-exposure course cannot be taken pass/fail, and you must receive a grade of C or better.Research-exposure courses are supported by OUR and include both a research component and a Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) to assist you. OUR maintains a list of research-exposure GRC courses and updates the list at the beginning of each semester. Only the exact courses on this list (semester offered, coures number, faculty) can count for this requirement. For example, ENGL 144 taught by Tyler Curtain in spring 2010 counts, but ENGL 144 taught by another instructor does not unless they are on the list. The research-exposure course must be in a department different from at least one of the research-intensive courses used to satisfy requirement #2. For example, if you have taken two chemistry research-intensive courses in order to fulfill requirement #2, you could not use a CHEM research-exposure course to fulfill this requirement.
- Completion of at least two research-intensive courses totaling at least 6 credit hours. Research-intensive courses are defined as undergraduate courses in which over half of the course is devoted to students conducting original research and presenting research conclusions. OUR maintains a list of these research-intensive courses on our website and updates the list yearly. To meet the CRSP requirement, the research-intensive courses may not be taken pass/fail, and students must receive a grade of C or higher.
- Presentation of research.This requirement can be fulfilled in one of two ways:
- Present your research at a UNC-CH campus research symposium that is open to the public. Many students present at OUR’s Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research. If you present in a different campus symposium, please ask a faculty member in your department to send a statement to OUR confirming that the event was a research symposium and that you presented your research at the event.
- Present your research at a professional conference. For verification purposes, you must ask a faculty member in your department to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org either the form for UNC symposium or professional meeting or conference. Subject line should read CRSP Presentation Verification.
Please register for the CRSP program so that we can inform you of upcoming workshops and programs.
Application for the Carolina Research Scholar transcript designation:
You may submit the CRSP Application for Transcript Designation in the semester that you are going to complete the requirements. That is, if you are going to finish all requirements by the end of the spring semester, you should submit the application by February 20. You may also submit the application any time after you have completed all the requirements.
- Fall semester: November 20
- Spring semester: February 20
- Summer: July 20
We will check that you have completed all of the requirements listed on your application. If confirmed, we then will submit your name to the Registrar who will enter the Carolina Research Scholar notation on your transcript. This process should be completed within a month after the end of the semester in which you submit your application.