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What We Do

At the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR), we believe that students who engage in research during their college careers are better prepared to collaborate with others to improve our world and to become tomorrow’s leaders. We help undergraduates get connected to the larger Carolina research community, find research funding, and share their research with others.

Get Involved in Research

Research Opportunities

Wondering where to start? Click here to find out more about our learn/connect/engage framework for getting involved in research.

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Fund Your Research

We can help you find summer funding, travel to present your research at a conference, and find other great funding sources at Carolina.

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Share Your Research

Learn about our Spring Celebration of Undergraduate Research, publishing, and funding for conference presentations.

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News & Updates

SURF Story 2024: Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith used his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to study cicadas’ impact on food web dynamics in the Triangle.

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Info for First Year Students

While the majority of first year students don’t participate in research, your first year on campus is a great time to start learning about the opportunities at Carolina and connecting with researchers. This page provides a quick summary of how to get started.

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Save the date for University Research Week, 2024!

University Research Week returns Oct 21-25, 2024, with the theme “Back to Basics.”

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Attend the WinSPIRE Career Fair on July 18th!

Women and underrepresented genders in STEM Promoting Inclusion in Research Experiences (WinSPIRE) will be hosting its second annual Career Fair on July 18th from 9am-1pm, and we encourage anyone interested to attend.

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A UNC-CH Course Recently Received the UNC System’s Prestigious Undergraduate Research Program Award

Dr. Jade Fostvedt’s Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) proposal was awarded funding that will allow students the chance to explore chemistry and conservation by synthesizing and analyzing pigments and dyes found in the Ackland Art Museum’s collection.

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Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History published its 12th volume

In Spring 2024, Traces released its 12th volume, featuring the work of undergraduate historical research from throughout the UNC system.

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OUR staff members are happy to meet with you to talk about your research interests, help you understand the many resources available at Carolina, and help you make a plan for getting involved.
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