Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Program (URCAP)

URCAP at CCSU encompasses our Undergraduate Research Senior Awards, Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and the Alumni Travel Program. Students who will graduate in either Fall 2014 or in 2015 and have worked on an independent research or creative project under the supervision of a CCSU faculty member are eligible to apply for the Senior Awards. Four awards are given in each of the traditional academic areas:

  1. Arts & Humanities
  2. Business, Education, and Professional Studies
  3. Social and Behavioral Sciences
  4. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The awardees in each area will receive a cash award and a trip to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which this academic year will be in held at Eastern Washington University from April 16-18, 2015. Students who wish to apply for the award must submit an abstract (1000 words or less) of their work, and arrange to have a letter of support sent by their faculty mentor to Aimee Pozorski at pozorskia@ccsu.edu. The deadline for applying for Fall 2014 is 5:00 PM, Monday, November 17. Award winners will give the opening addresses at URCAD, which this year will be held on Friday, May 1.

URCAD is a campus-wide showcase for student research and creative activities. General submissions for URCAD for the spring 2015 semester will be accepted beginning March 3, 2015. Any student wishing to give a poster, oral, or creative presentation at URCAD should submit their proposal by April 15, 2015. URCAD takes place on May 1 2015 and will begin with keynote presentations by the senior award winners, followed by a poster presentation with lunch included for all attendees. Academic Affairs will give several awards for outstanding poster presentations.

This year, through a generous donation by the CCSU Alumni Association, CCSU students may apply for funds to present at field-specific conferences. There is no deadline for application to the Alumni Travel Award; however, awards will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are expended for the year. To apply, students must submit their abstract for the conference, notification of acceptance of the work, and a tentative budget for the travel. Awards will typically not exceed $500.

For more information contact: Dr. Aimee Pozorski, English Department,