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Marks of excellence

One of the “Marks of Excellence” of UW-Eau Claire is its emphasis on student participation in scholarly and creative activity. In 1988 it was named the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration within the UW System, and about 10 years later students voted to help fund student involvement through differential tuition.

Support for student research and creative activities is a fundamental part of ORSP's mission. In addition to sponsoring the Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA), ORSP provides funding for faculty-student research collaborations, research abroad, student travel to present at conferences, as well as application support and documentation for external grants and scholarships. If you aren't quite sure of where to start, visit the Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Guide, or Why and How to do Undergraduate Research.

Students may satisfy Liberal Education Outcome Skill 3: Create original work, perform original work, or interpret the work of others through a research project.  

See the links at left for details on research and creative activity funding opportunities. Before completing and submitting any funding proposal, please read ORSP Internal Guidelines. If you are doing research with human or animal subjects, you need to apply for approval of your research protocol from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Research FAQs provides answers to commonly asked questions. For more information, or if you have any questions regarding a particular program or funding opportunity, please contact ORSP staff for assistance.

Student, Aly Hable, presents research at CERCA


We would like to invite everyone to attend our 29th annual student research presentation virtual event, The Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA), the week of April 19-April 23, 2021. Abstracts are due March 5, 2021.

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