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GC Undergraduate Research gets funding boost

Fifty faculty members representing nine departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Health and Human Performance were recently awarded 2020 GC Journeys/MURACE Undergraduate Research Mini-Grants.

These competitive awards support faculty, who mentor undergraduate research on campus. Exploration and experimentation is normally reserved for graduates pursuing masters and doctoral degrees. But, at Georgia College, undergraduate research is encouraged and supported.

“The amount of undergraduate research happening at Georgia College is unprecedented,” said Dr. Jordan Cofer, associate provost for Transformative Learning Experiences.

“Last year, over 1300 students took part in a mentored undergraduate research experience,” he said. “So, I’m not surprised that so many faculty were willing to mentor undergraduate research students.”

Georgia College students are “extremely active” in undergraduate research at the institutional, state and national level, Cofer said. As part of the university’s GC Journeys initiative, they present research on campus and at conferences across the nation, including the Georgia Posters at the Capitol and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. 

To be eligible for these awards, faculty in each department agree to mentor at least one undergraduate student research experience. Students must also present their research at a conference in the upcoming year.

The 2020 GC Journeys/MURACE Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant award winners are:

  • Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Government & Sociology
  • Department of Music
  • School of Health & Human Performance (two awards)
  • Department of History & Geography
  • Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of English
  • Department of Psychological Science
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