Graduate Research Consultant Program

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Application Deadlines

Applications received by these deadlines will receive full consideration. Applications received after these deadlines will not be considered. 

  • For fall courses: July 15.
  • For spring courses: November 1.
  • For summer courses: March 8. 

Please note that generally only one application per instructor will be funded, but more than one may be submitted.

The GRC Program

OUR encourages and supports instructors who want to transform course projects or assignments into research projects, thereby creating research-exposure courses.

Research-exposure courses require the completion of at least one course assignment which is a fully-realized research project. In such a project, students will pose a research question appropriate to the academic discipline and the level of the course, use methods acceptable in the discipline to answer those questions, and formally communicate their findings to others. The communication of findings might be via a class presentation, a poster session, a website, or other relevant communication activity.

Faculty teaching research-exposure courses may apply for Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) to work with the instructor and the students during the concentrated period of the course when the students are planning, carrying out and communicating their research. Some faculty also choose to involve their GRC in the planning/designing of the research project. The GRCs are expected to work 30 hours over the course of the semester and attend a workshop at the beginning of the semester on resources available to students doing research at UNC. GRC will be compensated with a $1000 stipend. GRCs coach and advise the undergraduate researchers; they do not grade or evaluate student work.

The graduate student acting as a GRC is selected by the faculty member based on the instructor’s assessment of the needs of the course; the Office for Undergraduate Research does not assign or approve the selection other than confirming that the graduate student is eligible to be paid. Many faculty members choose a GRC outside their own department to provide complementary expertise. Graduate students who are interested in serving as GRCs can also be found by searching the GRC interest database.

The assessments we have conducted show that these research-exposure courses are valuable to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. To encourage students to understand multiple modes of inquiry and to seek out research experiences in more than one discipline, the Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) includes a multidisciplinary requirement. Students can use research-exposure courses to meet this requirement.

To receive OUR funding for a GRC for your course, we ask that you submit an online proposal. You may find it helpful to preview the application. The turnaround time for a decision on the proposal is approximately two weeks after the application deadline. If your proposal is accepted, we will fund the graduate student you select to be the GRC for your course.

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