Undergraduate Research Resources

Interested in participating in undergraduate research at ECU? Below are resources to help you get started.

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Undergraduate Research FAQ

Have questions about undergraduate research? See our Undergraduate Research FAQ to get the information you need. Still have a question? Contact our office at ugresearch@ecu.edu


Finding a Mentor

Looking to find a mentor to help guide you along your undergraduate research journey? Click here for information on how to find a mentor at ECU.


Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Awards

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) awards offer undergraduate researchers an opportunity to get paid for research at ECU. URCA awards can provide funding up to $2,000 to support faculty-mentored research and creative projects in the areas of biomedical sciences, social sciences, STEM, as well as arts and humanities. Fall semester applications are typically due the last Friday of September, and spring semester applications are typically due the last Friday in January. Click to learn more about URCA award opportunities and upcoming deadlines.


Conference Awards

Awards of up to $600 will be given to current or continuing undergraduate students who present their research or creative activity projects at conferences to assist in covering registration fees and travel costs within the United States. Awarded amount will be based on location, registration cost, and available funds. Only one undergraduate student for each project will be awarded conference money. Conferences must take place during the academic year. Money will only be transferred to the department in which the activity took place and the department will be responsible for student reimbursement and obtaining all required receipts. Poster or presentation must acknowledge receipt of a conference award from The Office of Undergraduate Research, East Carolina University. Apply for a conference award online.