Become a Carolina Research Scholar

The Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) is administered by UNC's Office for Undergraduate Research. Specially designated PIT research-exposure sections of English 105 can fulfill one of three requirements necessary to receive the CRSP designation on your official academic transcript. Additionally, students who are competitively selected to present their research at our annual undergraduate research "Works in Progress" conference may fulfill a second CRSP requrement.

UNC's Writing Program is committed to providing a range of courses designed to support Carolina students as they become members of our academic community and this includes the university's culture of supporting research and scholarship at all levels. To this end, the Writing Program offers a cluser of research-exposure sections of English 105. These sections are specifically designed to introduce first-year students to the research methods and ways of producing knowledge practiced by professional scholars in disciplines across the university.

Through an explicit emphasis on rhetoric, students learn to face the writing, research, and presentation skills they will encounter as undergraduate researchers (and later as graduate students or professionals). To this end, the writing students in these sections produce will become public and will be networked with writing from other undergraduate students conducting original research. Students who successfully complete PIT reserach-exposure sections of English 105 regularly go on to a variety of research endeavors including:

  • undergraduate research assistantships,
  • graduate school,
  • medical school,
  • presenting at national conferences,
  • becoming editors of the PIT Journal,
  • publishing peer-reviewed scholarship