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Become a Carolina Research Scholar

If you are a Carolina undergraduate involved in faculty-mentored research for multiple semesters, you may want to work toward fulfilling the requirements of the Carolina Research Scholars Program (CRSP). CRSP provides a framework to guide you in navigating the process of pursuing mentored research and helps you communicate your discoveries and findings with others. Carolina Research Scholars are recognized for their contributions to UNC’s intellectual and cultural climate with a “Carolina Research Scholar” designation on their transcript.

All students, regardless of major, are eligible to earn Carolina Research Scholar Program recognition if they successfully meet the requirements.

Program Requirements

Program requirements depend on your General Education Curriculum. If you entered Carolina before Fall 2022, you will use the “Making Connections” requirements.  If you entered in Fall 2022 or later, you will use the “IDEAs in Action” requirements.

“Making Connections” requirements (students entering before Fall 2022)

To receive the transcript designation, you must complete all 4 categories.

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

Category 2: Completion of additional research experiences via one of the following options:

  • 2 research-intensive courses (a total of 6 credits)
  • 3 credit hours of a research-intensive course AND 150 hours of faculty mentored research (equivalent of 1 semester at 10 hours per week). Your research mentor will need to provide a statement to verify your hours.
  • 300 hours of mentored research (equivalent of 2 semesters at 10 hours per week) with a UNC-CH faculty member. Your research mentor will need to provide a statement to verify your hours.
  • 2 semesters of Honors Thesis credit (e.g., EXSS 693H & 694H).

Category 3: Attendance at two Office for Undergraduate research workshops.

  • OUR offers several CRSP-eligible workshops each semester (e.g., Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, How to Find a Research Mentor, Poster Design).
  • Be sure to keep a list of the workshops you attend, including semester and workshop title. You will be required to list them on the application.
  • Do not wait until your last semester to attend workshops to ensure you can meet this requirement. The requirement will not be waived if you are unable to attend workshops during your last semester.

Category 4: Presentation of your research at one of the following:

    • Celebration of Undergraduate Research
      • For 2021 either asynchronous or synchronous presentations will count.
    • UNC-Chapel Hill-sponsored conference or symposium (see list of pre-approved events). (Honors Thesis proposals and defenses and in-class presentations do not satisfy this requirement.)
    • Professional conference or symposium outside of UNC-Chapel Hill. (A faculty member in your department will be prompted to confirm that the event meets the requirements for a professional conference and that you presented your research at the event.)

“IDEAs in Action” requirements (students entering in Fall 2022 or later)

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

Category 2: Completion of additional research experiences (beyond satisfying the Research & Discovery general education requirement) via one of the following options:

      • 300 hours of mentored research (equivalent of 2 semesters at 10 hours per week)
        • Mentored research conducted under the direction of a UNC-CH faculty member. Your research can be verified either by your faculty mentor (form available via CRSP application) or by enrollment in six (6) credit hours of research-for-credit courses (e.g., PLCY 395, URES 395).
        • Mentored research conducted under the direction of a mentor who is not a UNC-CH faculty member can be verified only through enrollment in URES 195 or 295.
      • A second 3-credit Research & Discovery course AND 150 hours of mentored research (equivalent of 1 semester at 10 hours per week).
      • 2 semesters of Honors Thesis credit (e.g., EXSS 693H & 694H).

Note: You will provide an unofficial (internal) transcript to verify course completion for Categories 1 and 2.

Category 3: Attendance at a minimum of two Office for Undergraduate research workshops or conferences.

      • OUR offers several CRSP-eligible workshops each semester (e.g., Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, How to Find a Research Mentor, Poster Design).
      • Be sure to keep a list of the workshops you attend, including semester and workshop title. You will be required to list them on the application.
      • Do not wait until your last semester to attend workshops to ensure you can meet this requirement. The requirement will not be waived if you are unable to attend workshops during your last semester.

Category 4: Presentation of your research. This requirement can be fulfilled by presenting your research at one of the following:

      • Celebration of Undergraduate Research
      • UNC-Chapel Hill-sponsored conference or symposium (see list of pre-approved events). (Honors Thesis proposals and defenses and in-class presentations do not satisfy this requirement.)
      • Professional conference or symposium outside of UNC-Chapel Hill. (A faculty member in your department will be prompted to confirm that the event meets the requirements for a professional conference and that you presented your research at the event.)

Interested? Register to receive program updates

Please register for the Carolina Research Scholars Program so that we can inform you of upcoming workshops and programs.

Visit our “Find Research Opportunities” page or FAQs to learn more about conducting undergraduate research at UNC-CH. We also encourage you to sign up for the OUR e-newsletter, read our news and updates, and follow us on Facebook and X/Twitter.

How to apply for the CRSP designation

Application Portal and Deadline

To receive your Carolina research Scholar transcript designation, you must submit an application via this portal by the dates below:

      • Fall transcripts: November 20.
      • Spring transcripts: May 1.  (Please note: we’re making some updates to the application.  The spring application portal will open in early March.)
      • Summer transcripts: July 20.

The application will close at 5:00 pm on these dates, but the portal will remain open until the end of the semester for research mentors to verify students’ research hours and presentations.

You can apply at any time after completing the program requirements.

Application Review

Applications will be verified one month after the end of the semester.  Please note that if you are graduating during the semester you apply, your name will not appear in the graduation program since review of your application will not occur until a month after the semester ends.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the CRSP program, please contact Anna Krome-Lukens, Director of Research Curricula in the OUR.