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Your SIU opportunities are multi-faceted. There’s a place for the classroom, and there’s a place for the lab or the studio. And there’s a place for making your education uniquely your own. That’s why we have the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

CURCA brings together the various undergraduate research and creative project opportunities. We can help you find the research and creative project program for which you are most qualified, and which may benefit you most.

And you don't have to wait. You can begin your freshman year. You can take off with an idea, a concept, or a question of your own. By working with a faculty mentor, you’ll build a professional relationship and make connections that will extend far past commencement. By working on your own project, you’ll gain independence as a learner.

What's New

CURCA Now Offers Poster Printing Service!


$15 for students within CURCA programs (REACH, Saluki Rookies, UGA, McNair, ILSAMP) for poster printing, up to 44x48; beyond 44x48 it is $6 per linear foot. 

$6 per linear foot for anyone not within any of the CURCA programs listed above. 

To request poster printing, please contact the CURCA department by mail at, by phone at 453.4433, or come visit us in person at 1263 Lincole Drive, Student Services Building, Room 126.


The 2015-2016 REACH Award Recipients were announced! Click here to view the awardees.

To view the winners in the Undergraduate and Graduate Forums for posters, Saluki App Competition, Literary and Art Award, the Faculty Mentor of Excellence Award, and the CURCA Award of Distinction, visit here!

Programs under CURCA

Programs, upcoming events, features, announcements, etc.

Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies (CSSR)

Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies (CSSR) is a faculty-mentored program for freshmen and sophomores. Beginning independent work early helps you hone your studies to make your education your own.


REACH (Research-Enriched Academic Challenge), a competitive program open to SIUC undergraduates in all disciplines, offers grant awards each year to full-time SIUC undergraduates to work on an independent research or creative activity project with a faculty mentor.

Congratulations to all the 2015-2016 REACH recipients, click here to view a list of the recipients.


ILSAMP (Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) emphasizes minority research in science, technology, mathematics and engineering with paid, mentored research.

The McNair Scholars Program, grant-funded, is for juniors and seniors who plan to pursue graduate degrees.

Undergraduate Research Assistantship

  • Undergraduate Assistantships for the 2015-2016 academic year are posted. Please click here to view posted positions.
  • You can work with a professor in an ongoing project as an undergraduate research assistant. Research assistants aren’t just in the science labs. They are in the field, in the studio, the classroom, the museum, the gallery, the barn, or just about anywhere. You’ll learn how to connect the classroom with your future career.

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