Getting Started

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) promotes and facilitates research experiences for undergraduate students and has as its mission to function, under the umbrella of the Office of the Provost, as the university hub for coordinating and communicating opportunities for undergraduate research and creative and scholarly activities to the university community.  The CURC will assist the undergraduate research, creative and/or scholarly activity efforts at CAU through the distribution of university funds to support such efforts and travel for undergraduate students to disseminate original results.  Clark Atlanta University has placed faculty-student mentor relationships and undergraduate research among its top strategic priorities.  

The HOWWHATWHENWHERE, and WHY of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

HOW do I begin?

  • Sign up and/or browse opportunities at
  • Reach out to current or past professors
  • Identify research that fits your interests
  • Spread the word to your classmates and friends

WHAT is research?

Research describes any opportunity for active learning based on the systematic systematic investigation of a subject that makes an original intellectual, academic, creative and/or artistic contribution to the discipline.  Research doesn't always mean, working in a lab.  Research and/or creative opportunities can be found in any discipline.

 if I don’t know what I am interested in?

Take our “Finding a Passion for Research” Quiz HERE or in our office, located in Suite 3037 of the Thomas Cole Research Center

WHEN should I begin? 


Don’t wait until the end of the semester. 

Don’t wait until you are doing your graduate school applications. 

Don’t wait until you are a graduating senior.   Sign up now! (

 is research conducted?

Research and creative activity can be conducted from almost anywhere and can take on many forms.  Research and/or creative activity could be tackling a problem from your own curiosity, from a professor's challenge, or from recognizing needs of the world around you.  The topics are endless!  Students can present work at national conferences and/or have work published in a scholarly journal.  All it takes is your commitment, curiosity, and creativity.  

WHY should I engage in undergraduate research?

Research and Internships produce students who are better equipped to enter the workforce and produce meaningful results.  Research has demonstrated that students who engage in research in their undergraduate curriculum have increased knowledge of the natural world, intellectual and practical skills, as well as personal and social responsibility (Kuh, 2008; Zhao & Kuh, 2004). In addition, research skills have been shown to lead to intellectual growth, academic achievement and professional growth (Lopatto, 2009).