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Welcome to the URO

Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Office (URO).  We are here to support undergraduates in their pursuit of scholarly activity. Our office manages cadet travel, research presentations during Student Excellence Day, supports the Student Research Club, manages The Citadel Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), and provides support for poster presentations.  

The primary objective of the URO is to facilitate the engagement of undergraduate students in investigative inquiry, experimentation, or creative expression under the guided mentorship of faculty. Work pursuing any dimension of original exploration using qualitative, quantitative, design, or creative processes is encouraged.  

If you have questions or want to be involved, please email


Excellence in Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Excellence In Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research mentoring by a full-time Citadel faculty member/instructor. Recipients will have direct and significant involvement with undergraduate student researchers, a demonstrable commitment to the research mentorship of undergraduate students, and a record of effectiveness and impact with respect to undergraduate student research and success.  

Nominees cannot apply directly for this award. Deans/unit chairs/heads will submit nominations. Nominations by faculty also are permitted but must be routed through deans/unit chairs/heads. Each department may nominate no more than ONE nominee (total) per award cycle.

The nomination period begins on 1 January 2021. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., 26 March 2021. Awards will be determined and announced in 28 April 2021.

For more details on the requirements of the award, please review the following.  Details of the award

To nominate someone, please use the following link: 


Citadel Student Excellence Day

Students (graduate or undergraduate) from any discipline who are interested in presenting research/scholarly/creative work during Student Excellence Day on April 9th are encouraged to apply.  This year there will only be poster submissions or creative works of art (photographs, paintings, drawings).  Students will use this form below to submit an abstract submission describing their project.  The deadline to submit is March 1st. If submitting a group project, only 1 member of the team should submit the abstract. 

Written abstracts for both research and creative projects have a 350 word limit and should meet these criteria below. 

  1. 1. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.
  2. 2. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its

        attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.

  1. 3. Provide a brief description of the methods used for this project.
  2. 4. State conclusions, expected results and expected learning outcomes.
  3. 5. It must be well-written and organized. 



Citadel SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)

The SURE Research Scholars Program provides outstanding Citadel undergraduates with a mentored research or creative experience enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of their field of study. The seven-­‐month long program runs from mid-­‐May until mid-­‐December.  The student scholar works on the project full-­time during the summer months (paid stipend) and brings it to completion during the fall semester while registered with the mentor in a 1 to 3 credit, graded independent study/research course.The expected outcome of the program is that the scholar will complete a substantial, original research or creative project that will enhance the scholar’s candidacy for admission into graduate or professional school, for receiving prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, or for securing positions in their chosen career.  As such, the program is designed for those students who have a long-term interest in and commitment to the creation of original knowledge.  More information will be provided in March when applications will be posted for students and mentors to submit to this program.  Click on this link to see the undergraduate mentored research work from 2020's program.  


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Marc Dolder and Calvin Pitts researching Pluff Mud under faculty mentor Dr. Simon Ghanat

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Edward Cochran and Brett Blankenship (undergraduates) with USC Aiken students and Andy Fox (recent graduate) attend and present to SC congressional members during the "Day on the Hill" sponsored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in Washington, DC. 



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