The Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS) program is a summer program begun in 2012 for high-achieving undergraduate students to gain experience in research and professional development in their field of interest. These opportunities are not typically available in the undergraduate classroom. This learn-by-doing model places an emphasis on graduate education and allows the Scholars to put their experiential learning into practice, preparing them to excel in their future studies and research.
In addition to mentored research activities, scholars participate in weekly professional development training to build skills critical to professional success. Topics include: responsible conduct of research, developing a competitive research fellowship application, preparing an academic resume, professional communication tools, and a session on preparing for graduate school.
An article describing the 2013 CRS program is available for download.
The CRS program is supported by UNC Charlotte's Office of Academic Affairs, the Charlotte Research Institute, the Duke Endowment, and the Graduate School.
The Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Charlotte Research Institute are again sponsoring the Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS) summer research program in 2014. The CRS provides 50 UNC Charlotte undergraduate students funding to participate in a mentored, 9-week summer research experience, in addition to professional development training. Read more. Download the 2014 CRS Project Submission Form.
Congratulations to all presenters at the 2nd Annual Summer Research Symposium. The winners are:
Poster Award Winners:
Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
Presenter: Christopher Kinley
Coauthors: Christine Haynes
Project title: Whose Greece? Social Class, Regionalism, and National Identity in the Struggle for Independence
Physical and Biological Sciences and Math
Presenter: Freda Yin
Coauthors: Jordon Gilmore, Erin McCave, Michelle Coleman, Stephen Rego, Timothy Burg, Didier Dréau and Karen Burg
Project title: Acinus Formation and Expression of Specific Proteins by MCF10A Breast Cells Cultured in 3D Extracellular Matrices Embedded with Polylactide Beads and Fibers
Engineering, Technology and Computer Science
Presenter: Peter Malmgren
Coauthor: Richard Souvenir
Poster title: Gaze Estimation in Camera Networks
Presenter: Kebba Mbye
Coauthors: Jaime Sheridan and Jessica Schlueter
Project title: Extraction of microRNAs in Oat Tissue
Presenter: Christina Martinez
Coauthors: Jerry Troutman
Project title: Synthesis and Enzymatic Characterization of Novel Photoactive Substrate
Presenter: Danielle Corbin
Coauthor: Gretchen Alterowitz
Project title: Women Negotiating Ballet's Values in Contemporary Society
Presenter: Elias Still
Coauthor: Christopher Cameron
Project title: Liberal Religion in the Antebellum South: An Organic Product
Presenter: Ashley McGovern
Coauthor: John Daniels
Project title: Resistance of Water Repellant Chemicals to Weathering
Professional development session slides
Responsible conduct of research
Professional writing (science and engineering)
Professional writing (social sciences and humanities)
Thinking about graduate school
Research fellowship opportunities
The CRS culminates with the Summer Research Symposia on Wednesday, July 24 at 9 AM in the Student Union (room 340). Students participating in the CRS and other summer research programs on campus will present their research results. The Summer Research Symposia is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit our blog (http://charlotteresearchscholars.blogspot.com/) or like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CharlotteUndegraduateResearch). The CRS Director, Dr. Dennis Livesay, can be reached at CharlotteScholar@uncc.edu.