Become a Carolina Research Scholar

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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.

The following information can be downloaded as a pdf.

The requirements for the Carolina Research Scholar designation are:

Step 1: Completion of one of these multi-disciplinary courses:

  • IDST 194: Modes of Inquiry (formerly IDST 195), a one-credit pass/fail course; or
  • IDST 184: Research Beyond the Academy, a one-credit pass/fail course (note: enrollment in IDST184 is restricted to selected Excel@Carolina students); or
  • One research-intensive course of at least 3 credit hours with a grade of C or higher in a department different from at least one of the research-intensive courses used to satisfy Step 2; or
  • One research-exposure course of at least 3 credit hours with a grade of C or higher in a department different from at least one of the research-intensive courses used to satisfy Step 2

Step 2: Completion of at least two research-intensive courses OR one research methods course and one research-intensive course.

Research-intensive courses are defined as undergraduate courses in which at least half of the course is devoted to students conducting original research and presenting research conclusions. Research methods courses are devoted to teaching students the techniques and skills to conduct research in a discipline. The OUR maintains a list of these courses on our website and updates them yearly. These courses must total at least 6 credit hours with a grade of C or higher. If the courses do not total 6 credit hours, additional research-intensive courses should be used to fulfill this requirement. No more than 3 credit hours from research methods courses may be counted.

Step 3: Presentation of Research. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of these ways:

Step 4: Submit an application to OUR

To receive your Carolina Research Scholar designation, an application must be received by:

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

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

Registration for updates and program information

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

More information

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about conducting undergraduate research at UNC-CH and contact us at if you have additional questions. We also encourage you to sign up for the OUR e-newsletter, read the OUR blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.