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Become a Carolina Research Scholar

The Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) 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

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

  • 3 credit hours of a research-intensive course AND 150 hours of mentored research (equivalent of 1 semester at 10 hours per week. NOTE: this cannot be any hours used towards the research intensive course)
  • 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.

Note: An official transcript that you purchase from UNC will be required to verify course completion for Steps 1 and 2. We understand that you may be taking classes the semester that you apply and they will not be on the transcript you upload.  Classes you are taking the semester you apply will be checked through Connect Carolina. An unofficial transcript uploaded into your application will automatically disqualify you for this designation.

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

  • Attendance at two CRSP workshops (e.g. networking, how to find a research mentor, poster design, etc.). Be sure to keep a list of the workshops you attend (Semester and workshop title).  You will be required to list them on the application. We offer several workshops each semester.  It is recommended that you 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 your last semester.

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

  • Celebration of Undergraduate Research.
    • For 2021 either asynchronous or synchronous presentations will count.
  • 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 may file a petition to add the conference here. Please note thatHonors Thesis presentations and course-specific symposia do not fulfill this requirement.

Click here, if you are applying CRSP transcript designation.

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
  • May 1st for spring transcripts
  • July 20th for summer transcripts

The application for students will close at 5:00 PM on the above dates, but will remain open for research mentors to verify the student’s presentation until the end of the semester.  If you are graduating 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 when all grades have been posted.

If you have any questions about the CRSP program please contact OUR.

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