URSCA

Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy

Students presenting posters at the undergraduate research conference

The Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy (UCRA), a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, provides funding for undergraduate research and creative activity. The program has two primary goals:

  • To support and enhance the integrative research and creative activity of students and their A&S faculty mentors
  • To highlight the outstanding contributions of such activities

UCRA awards funding each spring and fall semester, with amounts of up to $1000.

Proposals

UCRA welcomes proposals from undergraduate students and student-faculty collaborations within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Funding will be considered for any project-related need, including travel, equipment, supplies, exhibitions, presentations, conferences, meetings, etc. (UCRA will not fund faculty or student salaries). The proposed funding should enhance and stimulate student research and creative activity at The University of Alabama.

UCRA will not give priority to students or faculty based on the stage of their careers. However, the student-faculty research or activity effort must demonstrate that the level of student-experience is satisfactory to achieve success in the project outcomes and that the student has initiated or played a prominent role (depending on the standards of the respective discipline) in the project proposal and design.

For more details or to apply, please visit the APPLY page.

Recent Awardees

The following is a list of awardees from spring 2019:

Division – Humanities and Fine Arts

Kyle Van Frank: Production of Shrek the Musical
Department of Theatre and Dance
Faculty Mentor: Stacy Alley

Margaret Lawson: Mississippi Memory: Lynching in Hinds County from 1880 to 1934
Department of History
Faculty Mentor: John Giggie

Alexander Richey: The 67 Counties Project, a Pilot Episode
New College
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Dewar

Division – Social Sciences

Lawford Hatcher: The Intersection of Sexual Identity and Juul Usage
Department of Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Katherine Chiou

Maggie Owens: The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Lifestyle Moderators on Functional Connectivity in Adults at Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease
Department of Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Ian M. McDonough

Riley O’Neill: A Multiethnic Examination of Sleep as a Mediator of Relationships Between Childhood Adversity and Adult Emotional Health
Department of Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Matthew Cribbet

Kyle Hopkins: The Role of Nurses in Patient Education: Does Perception Affect Knowledge
Department of Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Cox

Division – Natural Science and Mathematics

Carly Norden: The Effects of Body Size on the Intensity and Duration of Aggressive Interactions Between Female Parasitoid Wasps
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Ryan Earley

Rosemary Hartline: Investigating modern dietary interventions and adulthood exercise as therapeutic treatments for the negative effects of a juvenile high-fat diet through glucose and protein analysis.
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Laura Reed

Nikhil Singh: Effects of nutrient enrichment on plant production in natural vs. constructed tidal marshes of the Fowl River, AL
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Julia Cherry

Alexandra Church: Radioactivity in Drinking Water in East Alabama
Department of Geological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Natasha Dimova

Ethan Gunn: Recharacterizing a Fosfomycin Resistance Protein from Listeria monocytogenes
Department of Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Matthew Thompson

Charles Thomas: Chromium Binding by DNA
Department of Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: John Vincent

Courtney Diebold: Synthesis and Testing of a Photo-Electro-Stimulated Capture & Release Molecule
Department of Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Silas Blackstock

John Holmquist: Investigating protein aggregates as potential biomarkers of breast cancer
Department of Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Ayanjeet Ghosh

Ansley Hamid: Bioaccumulation of Microplastics in Freshwater Clams
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Carla Atkinson

Danielle Goduto and Catherine Howard: Transcriptome Analysis of Salt Tolerance in Spirodela polyrhriza
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Michael McKain

Isabelle Evans: Geochemical and sedimentological analysis of Pleistocene-Holocene shallow-marine carbonate sediment in northern Cuba
Department of Geological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Marcello Minzoni

Jacob Honeck: Assessing the Importance of Sampling Depth on δ13Corg in Continental Deposits Across the K-Pg Boundary
Department of Geological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Tom Tobin

Kira Eickman: The Influence of Gut Microbiota Composition on D. melanogaster Metabolic Phenotype
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Laura Reed

Lauren Harper: Investigation of NF-kB pathways following brain infection in Drosophila
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Stanislava Chtarbanova