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Advancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity


The AURCA program connects students with exciting and invaluable research and creative opportunities under the dedicated mentorship of 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.


2024-2025 Program Year

Mentor Application 

Enthusiastic mentors are a critical component of AURCA.

  • Mentor applications are closed for 2024-2025.
  • Mentor project applications open annually in early spring semester.
  • Additional mentor information

Student Application

The AURCA student application is now open.

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

- AURCA Mentor


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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