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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 address future unsolved problems and to assume important roles as enlightened citizens and 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

University Research Week: November 8-12, 2021

University Research Week will be November 8-12, 2021. This week-long event is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity.

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Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research

Carolina students are encouraged to apply for Johns Hopkins University’s Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, which designed to offer students the chance to share their humanities and interdisciplinary research on a national scale.

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“Undergraduate Research Changed My Life” Meet OUR Director, Troy Blackburn

Meet Dr. Troy Blackburn, a professor of exercise and sport science and associate dean of the Office for Undergraduate Research. He says becoming involved in research as an undergraduate at Carolina “literally changed my life.”

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October 2021 Newsletter

The October 2021 Newsletter is here with lots of updates about workshops, OUR Ambassador Office Hours, grants for faculty, and many opportunities for students to present their research.

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De Luca Foundation Training Initiative for Undergrads

The De Luca Foundation (DLF), in partnership with Delsys, Inc. (Natick, MA), is pleased to announce a training initiative for research-minded undergraduate and graduate students.

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State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium

Have you worked with a faculty mentor on a research project or created a work of art under the direction of a faculty mentor? Have you written a research essay that you would like to publish? If you answered YES to any of these questions, consider submitting your work for the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium.

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Upcoming Events



Research for Pre-Health Careers

Interested in a research opportunity that will help steer your path toward pre-health careers in medicine, dentistry, or nursing? This panel of Student Ambassadors from the Office for Undergraduate Research will provide descriptions of student opportunities in health-related research on and around campus.



Carolina Research Scholars Program Info Session

Come learn what it takes to be a Carolina Research Scholar! Students who successfully meet the requirements are recognized for their contributions to UNC’s intellectual and cultural climate with the “Carolina Research Scholar” transcript designation.



Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Info Session

Learn more about how to apply as a strong candidate for a $3,000 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. NOTE: Attendance does not count as a workshop for CRSP designation.



Stress and our Mental Health: Research Innovation that Leads to Improved Treatment and Outcomes

The COVID pandemic has been a severe stress on all of us.  This talk will feature experts from UNC-Chapel Hill who will talk about the impact of pandemic stress on mental health, and how current research at UNC is driving innovative in neuroscience that leads to new treatments and better outcomes.

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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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