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Undergraduate Research Initiative

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2022-2023 CAFLS Undergraduate Research Initiative

The CAFLS Undergraduate Research Initiative offers funding to individual undergraduate students (enrolled in a CAFLS major) working under the mentorship of a CAFLS faculty member (faculty are limited to two funded projects per academic year under this program).

Guidelines for the CAFLS Undergraduate Research Initiative include:

  • Complete an Application for Funding. The application deadline is Friday, September 30, 2022, by 5pm.
  • If funded, conduct research with the guidance of the faculty mentor, utilizing the $500 allocated for research expenses.
  • Submit an abstract in the correct format by March 31, 2023, by 5pm containing the project results.
  • Participate and compete in the CAFLS Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 5 and/or 6, 2023.  Produce a poster (48” x 36”) and prepare a presentation, 10 minutes maximum (5-minute presentation, 5 minutes for questions), to present at the symposium.

Winners will receive a monetary prize and recognition at the annual CAFLS Awards Celebration in Spring semester.

  • 1stplace $300
  • 2ndplace $200
  • 3rdplace $100

The CAFLS Undergraduate Research Initiative and the CAFLS Undergraduate Research Symposium are only open to CAFLS students.

2022 Winners

1st Place 
Jocelyn Phillips
Animal & Veterinary Sciences
"Silence of the Lambs"

2nd Place
Megan Dennis
Animal & Veterinary Sciences
"Mighty Muscled Lamb"

3rd Place
Courtney Tharp
Horticulture
"Mechanisms of plant root mediated phosphorus uptake in Sorghum"

Other CAFLS Research Opportunities

Agricultural Science

Animal and Veterinary Science

Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science

Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Plant and Environmental Science

Clemson University Research Opportunities

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Creative Inquiry (CI)

Team-based investigations led by a faculty mentor

Creative Inquiry (CI) has come to define Undergraduate Research at Clemson University. It's small-group learning for 20,000. It's the imaginative combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research, and it is undergraduate research unique to Clemson University.

Clemson's CI Website
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