Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP)

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The Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) fosters and expands engagement in undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CRSP builds an undergraduate community based on research, scholarship and inquiry-driven learning. CRSP 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. CRSP participants 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 the CRSP recognition.

The following information can be downloaded as a one-page PDF.

The requirements for the Carolina Research Scholar designation are:

Step 1: Completion of one of these multi-disciplinary courses:

  • IDST 194: Modes of Inquiry (formerly IDST 195), a one-credit pass/fail course
  • IDST 184: Research Beyond the Academy, a one-credit pass/fail course (note: enrollment in IDST184 is restricted to selected Excel@Carolina students)
  • One research-intensive course of at least 3 credit hours with a grade of C or higher in a department different from at least one of the research-intensive courses used to satisfy Step 2
  • One research-exposure course of at least 3 credit hours with a grade of C or higher in a department different from at least one of the research-intensive courses used to satisfy Step 2

Step 2: Completion of at least two research-intensive courses OR one research methods course and one research-intensive course.

These courses must total at least 6 credit hours with a grade of C or higher. 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. 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.

Step 3: 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 at a different UNC-CH 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 send a statement to OUR confirming that the event was a professional conference or meeting and that you presented your research at the event.

Step 4: Submit an application to OUR

To receive your Carolina Research Scholar designation, an application must be received by:

    • November 20th for fall transcripts
    • February 20th for spring transcripts
    • July 20th for summer transcripts

Applications will be verified one month after the end of the semester.

Registration for updates and program information

Please register for the CRSP program so that we can inform you of upcoming workshops and programs.

More information

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about conducting undergraduate research at UNC-CH and contact us at our@unc.edu 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.