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Advancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

The AURCA program connects undergraduate students with exciting and invaluable research and creative opportunities under the dedicated mentorship of our outstanding CAS faculty. 

How do you say AURCA...?

We think AURCA sounds like "orca" but you can say it however you would like!



Established in 2021, AURCA offers mentored research opportunities and professional development training for undergraduates throughout the academic year. AURCA students engage in high-caliber research and creative projects with faculty mentors throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. The AURCA program expands opportunities for research and creative experiences by financially supporting work-study eligible students in research positions. Participating in undergraduate research results in positive outcomes such as increasing retention in the chosen discipline, boosting graduation rates, clarifying career goals, and advancing students to graduate and professional programs. CAS is proud to foster the scholarly research and creative activity of OSU undergraduates by offering the AURCA program.



student presents research

We are thankful that we could be part of the pilot AURCA program. Our student has been learning so much! We've created a working group that is rewarding for all of us.

- AURCA Mentor

Application Period for 2023-2024

Faculty application 

Thank you for considering the AURCA program.

Student application

The AURCA student application for the upcoming academic year is open!

AURCA Inspiration

The AURCA program is modeled on similar programs including UROP at the University of Michigan and OSCAR at George Mason University. We appreciate their guidance.

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