University Research and Creative Achievement Program (URCAP)


The 2015-16 URCAD Senior Prize winners at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the U of North Carolina, Asheville.

URCAP at CCSU includes the Undergraduate and Graduate Research Awards and a University-wide Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Students who have worked on an independent research or creative project under the supervision of a CCSU faculty member are eligible to apply for the Awards. Undergraduate awards are given in each of the traditional academic areas:

Undergraduate awards are given in each of the traditional academic areas:

                      • Arts & Humanities

                      • Business, Education, and Professional Studies

                      • Social and Behavioral Sciences

                      • 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 University of Central Oklahoma from April 4-7, 2018. 

One Graduate student will be awarded in the academic area of their Graduate Program. The graduate awardee will receive a cash award and a trip to their discipline's national conference.

How to Apply:


Undergraduate students who wish to apply for the award must submit an abstract (300 words or less) of their work, and arrange to have a letter of support sent by their faculty mentor to Sarah Maurer at Abstracts should follow NCUR guidelines.


Graduate students who wish to apply should send the following, in one document, to Eric Leonidas,

  • Name
  • Degree sought
  • Graduate Program
  • Project adviser
  • If project uses human subjects, have you received approval from the Human Studies Council?
  • Brief abstract (400 words maximum)
  • Brief explanation, in language appropriate for non-specialists, of your project's relevance to your discipline (200 words max)
  • Applicants must also arrange to have a brief letter of support from the project adviser, director or mentor directly to Eric Leonidas,


The deadline for applying for the Graduate and Undergraduate Research Award is 5:00 PM, Monday, November 20. Award winners will give the opening addresses at CCSU’s University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).

URCAD is a campus-wide showcase for student research and creative activities that will be held on Monday, April 9th. General submissions for URCAD will be accepted beginning Feb 1, 2018. Any student wishing to give a poster, oral, or creative presentation at URCAD should submit their proposal by March 10, 2018.

Students who are using human subjects in their research must make sure they are following appropriate regulations. Please check the Human Studies Council webpage for guidelines. Does your research need approval from the Human Studies Council? Use this Interactive questionnaire to decide.

For more information contact:
Dr. Sarah Maurer, Chemistry Department,