Creative Inquiry for Undergraduate Students

This CI team is collecting oysters in Georgetown, SC to study the impact of increased CO2 in water on oyster shell formation.


What is Creative Inquiry?

Creative Inquiry projects offer students the opportunity to engage in long term, team-based projects with an emphasis on undergraduate research but include other academic engagement opportunities (e.g., service-learning, outreach, global engagement, entrepreneurship). Participating in a CI project often leads to citable accomplishments, such as presentations at professional society conferences and publication citations in professional, peer-reviewed publications.
CI students frequently report that their CI experience allows them to develop their soft skills, network with peers and professionals, and learn to work in and collaborate with a team of diverse individuals.
All CI projects are accompanied with courses embedded in each CI mentor’s department curriculum.

How do I join a CI project?

First, visit our Find a Project page to search for projects that are actively recruiting students from your major(s). You can customize your search to suite your areas of interest.
Second, visit the Current Projects page which lists all current, active CI projects. If you see a project listed on this page, send the mentor a professional email explaining your interest and asking if you may join the project and if so how to join.
Lastly, you are always welcome to visit or contact the CI & UR Office.

What does it take?

Commitment and curiosity! Successful students need to have the desire to be creative, to work in a team over multiple semesters, and to be mentored by a faculty member or graduate student. You will need to enroll in the accompanying CI course for 1-3 credit hours (varies by project).

Students Conducting Research for Credit – Medical Coverage

  • Undergraduate students conducting research for credit (i.e. not in a paid position such as a student worker, etc.) are NOT covered under the university’s workers compensation program in the event of an accident.
  • In such cases, any medical costs incurred that are not covered under the student health fee, may have to be paid by the student.
  • It is recommended that students and parents consider the risks associated with the work to be conducted and determine the need for additional medical insurance coverage (if applicable).
  • A list of services covered and not covered under the student health fee, as well as a link to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan can be found here:


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