Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity


Bloomsburg University’s Undergraduate research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (URSCA) program provides an opportunity for students to engage in a focused research, scholarly, or creative experience appropriate to their discipline and enhance their competitiveness for jobs and graduate school.

URSCA Program Overview

URSCA supports research, scholarly, and creative activities of all disciplines for undergraduates who are mentored by faculty. The program provides summer student employment wages, disbursed via payroll on a bi-weekly schedule, for work on the proposed project. Projects are for either half-time support ($200/wk) or full-time ($400/wk) support for the number of weeks needed to complete the proposed summer experience.

Minimum awards are full-time for three weeks ($1,200) and maximum awards are full-time for 12 weeks ($4,800). A budget for consumable supplies, up to $1,000 may be submitted along with the application. However, keep in mind that not all projects will require this level of supplies. All supply budgets must be itemized and include a clear justification for the request, and will be carefully reviewed by a university-wide faculty committee. Please consult your faculty mentor regarding an appropriate supply budget.

Students prepare a proposal with a faculty mentor, submit the proposal by the deadline, and then are selected by a university-wide faculty committee. If selected, students will be required to complete forms, including background checks, to be hired in the Summer 2019. The program will offer organizational meetings, workshops, and presentation forums; announcements about these will be forthcoming.

 

Application Categories

Students may apply for projects in one of two application categories:

  • Research and Scholarship (RS) applications generally fit projects in all (behavioral, life, physical, social) sciences, technology, engineering, math, and the humanities, where field, laboratory, or library or records research is conducted.
  • Creative Activities (CA) applications are suited for projects that produce creative writing, art works, or performances.

Please send questions to URSCA@bloomu.edu.