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Carolina Research Scholar Program

You want to explore a topic outside the classroom and join a community of inspired thinkers.

If this sounds like you, then you should consider the following Excel@Carolina opportunity.

The  Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) brings together students with wide ranging interests in a community based on research, scholarship, and inquiry-driven learning. CRSP enables them to build their problem-solving, critical thinking, and project management skills. Scholars who meet the requirements earn the “Carolina Research Scholar” designation on their transcript.

CRSP is for creative thinkers in all disciplines:
Problem-solving is a valuable skill in every field, and past research projects have spanned areas as diverse as:

  • Creative writing
  • Performing arts
  • International microfinance and globalization
  • Genomics and nano-manipulation, to name a few

For example of past student research projects, click here.

Student Researchers

Resources for Excel Carolina Research Scholars
Excel students who are selected for the program will have:

  • A peer adviser to help you navigate the UNC-CH research community and network
  • An opportunity to network with faculty and fellow student researchers at a welcome reception
  • Guidance on how to meet the requirements for the program, pursue your research interests, and seek funding
  • The option to enroll in either IDST 194: Modes of Inquiry or IDST 184: Research Beyond Academia — classes which are normally not open to first-years. You’ll meet renowned faculty and other researchers beyond the UNC community and discuss their current research in these limited-enrollment courses.

From a Carolina Research Scholar:

“The Carolina Research Scholar Program is a unique opportunity to learn about and engage in the field of research. It serves as a foundation for students to explore an interest and grow alongside graduate students and professors in a hands-on environment. There is research in every field of study, making this program useful for each student at Carolina; if you’re considering or are interested in research in any capacity, become a part of the Carolina Research Scholars Program.” – Brandon Kelly ’19

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Student and professor discuss material during class at UNC Chapel Hill
Students talk under tree at Polk Place quad on UNC campus