The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc., (SCICU) Student/Faculty Research Program was created to engage students in professionally guided primary research, which will develop critical thinking, inquiry, and communication skills.

SCICU Research Grant Application

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) has extended its deadline for its undergraduate student/faculty research program.  The application can be found here:  2017 SCICU Research Guidelines.   If you and a student collaborator are still interested in applying, please send the completed application and supporting documents to Andy Coe (or bring them to 209 Trone) by NOON on Tuesday, March 7.

Download suggestions from the 2016 Research Evaluation Team for creating a strong application.

If you have questions, contact us at 864.294.3110.

The SCICU was established in 1953 to promote the cause of independent higher education in South Carolina. Today, SCICU comprises 20 private institutions located throughout the state in pastoral communities, small towns, and urban settings. These colleges and universities serve the needs of more than 32,500 students. Visit the SCICU website for more information.

Research: Nitrogen in Upstate South Carolina Streams

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Ellen McGuiness, an SCICU grant recipient, conducts field work while researching Nitrogen in Upstate Streams.

Ellen McGuiness, a senior Earth and Environmental Sciences major at Furman received an SCICU grant for the summer of 2007. She worked with Brannon Anderson on Biochemical Cycling of Nitrogen in Urban Headwater Streams in Greenville.

"To list the all the numerous things that I learned this summer would take far too long, but there are three that stand out. My abilities as a scientist have increased; I have expanded my tool belt to include laboratory protocol and field methodology; and most importantly, I have learned how to implement a methodology for stable isotope geochemistry that had not previously been used at Furman.

I have gained confidence in my abilities to reason, and to learn and express my ideas in a scientific community. This confidence will help me as I move forth from Furman and conduct research in the broader scientific community. The most important thing that I learned this summer was how to propose a research project, find funding to complete the study, and follow it through to completion, realizing that one often finds more questions then answers. "

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