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Become a Carolina Research Scholar

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

Program Requirements

Please note: Students who enrolled Fall 2015 (Class of 2019), Fall 2016 (Class of 2020), or Fall 2017 (Class of 2021) have the option of pursuing the CRSP transcription designation under the previous criteria or completing the program requirements under the revised criteria. The changes below expand the possibilities for students to engage in research.

Step 1: Completion of one of the following research courses:

Step 2: Completion of two research-intensive courses (or a total of 6 credits) OR 1 of the following options:

  • 1 research-intensive course (or a total of 3 credits) AND 150 hours of mentored research (equivalent of 1 semester at 10 hours per week)
  • 300 hours of mentored research (equivalent of 2 semesters at 10 hours per week). Your research mentor will need to provide a statement to verify your hours.

Note: An official transcript will be required to verify course completion for Steps 1 and 2.

Step 3: Attend Workshops

  • Attendance at 2 CRSP workshops (e.g. getting started in research, research ethics, literature/database searches, citation/reference management software, digital media, etc.).

Step 4: Present Your Research. This requirement can be fulfilled by presenting your research at one of the following:

  • Celebration of Undergraduate Research.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill campus conference or symposium that is open to the public.
  • Professional conference outside of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Note: A faculty member in your department will be prompted to confirm that the event meets the requirements for a professional conference or meeting and that you presented your research at the event.

Additionally, if the conference is not on the pre-approved list, you must complete the conference petition to add it to the list, which must be submitted via your Director of Undergraduate Studies or your faculty research advisor. Please note that department- and course-specific symposia do not fulfill this requirement.

Click here, if you are applying CRSP transcript designation under the previous criteria.

Click here, if you are applying CRSP transcript designation under the current criteria.

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

To receive your Carolina Research Scholar designation, you must submit your application by:

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

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