About CURCA

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

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Allison Webster

Class of 2021

Psychology

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Sarah Meunier

Class of  2021

Movement Science & Health Science

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Lisha Lopez-Sanchez

Class of 2023

Early Childhood Education & Spanish

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Skyler Acconcio

Class of 2021

Music Education

Nicolas Pietroniro

Class of 2020

Environmental Science

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Rachel Lagasse

Class of 2023

Music Education

CURCA Students in the News 

Rachel Tynan

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

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Jarrod Peterson

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.

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Coorey Pooler

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!

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CURCA Student Support

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Funding Opportunities

Conference Funds

We support student professional development through engagement at regional and national conferences

SSuRF Program

Our Student Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program supports a 10 week intensive paid research opportunity.

FFA Award

Supporting faculty mentors through the Faculty Facilitation Award (FFA) to engage undergraduates in research and creative projects. 

What Else to Know? 3 Things Before You Go...

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Professional Development

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

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Research & Creative Activity Mentorship

CURCA  fosters student-peer mentorship and student-faculty mentorship, providing collaborative opportunities in research and creative activity

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networking & Campus Collaborations

We work closely with other resource offices on campus to support your research and creative activity needs.