The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity promotes and provides strategic cross-disciplinary support for all students, faculty, and staff to engage in creative scholarship. The goal is to remove barriers and empower students by facilitating and fostering collaborative engagement, professional development, and funding to support student research and creative activity in and out of the classroom.
CURCA supports students at all levels of the curriculum, including First-Year and Common Core Classes, Independent Studies, Major-specific classes, Summer Research programs, and Honors projects. We provide opportunities for students to explore their passions, expand their knowledge, and create a competitive portfolio of meaningful skills and experiences.
Student Research in Action
Student Research Across Disciplines
CURCA Students in the News
Rachel made the news with her SSuRF project that examined concerns that the older LGBTQ+ community were experiencing. Rachel worked hands-on in the field studying this issue in the City of Westfield. Link to the article below
Jarrod made the news by having his SSuRF project published in Journal of Experimental Biology. His research observed the way which a fish called the Sea Robin used its fin rays to walk on the ocean floor. Link to the article below.
Corey made the news after coming back from his study abroad in Nicaragua. After a first 15-day service course he attended in Nicaragua as a freshman, Pooler decided to returned as a student leader his Junior to build a community center in the same community. Check out the article from Focus Magazine below!
CURCA Student Support
How Do I Get Started?
Faculty and Staff Mentorship
CURCA supports applied experiences for all disciplines. We offer Professional Development for students and faculty in the form of workshops, SSuRF Program, and our semester long Lunch and Learn Series
CURCA fosters student-peer mentorship and student-faculty mentorship, providing collaborative opportunities in research and creative activity
Networking and Campus Collaborations
We work closely with other resource offices on campus to support your research and creative activity needs.