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EUREKA! Undergraduate Research Program

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Tulsi Patel and Taylor Henry

“EUREKA! 2023 was one of the best summers of my life. From being fascinated by microscopic cells in the lab to the vast connections and lifelong friendships made in the heart of campus, I can easily recommend EUREKA! to any incoming Honors freshman led by their curiosity toward research and their urge to create unforgettable relationships.”

Tulsi Patel
Philosophy major in the Medicine, Health and Human Values emphasis area
2023 EUREKA! Participant

Get a Head Start on Campus Life and Research at Clemson

EUREKA! gives students the chance to dive into the research experience before their first year begins.

This five-week summer program, available in online and in-person delivery methods, allows incoming first-year Honors students to work with some of Clemson’s top faculty. Working as part of a team or one-on-one, EUREKA! gives you the chance to engage early and could lead you on a path toward your next great discovery.

You will also be able to connect with academic mentors and stand out for Rhodes, Goldwater, Fulbright and other major fellowships — not to mention using your summer to familiarize yourself with campus offerings, make friends and get a head start exploring research.

Who Is Eligible?

All accepted incoming first-year Honors students are eligible to apply for EUREKA!

What is the Timeline?

  • Information sessions: April 11 and 22, 2024 (register via your Admitted Student Portal)
  • Application deadline: May 5, 2024
  • Decisions: Week of May 20, 2024
  • Fees due: June 1, 2024
  • Program dates: June 28-August 3, 2024
  • In-person
    • Check-in, move-in, and opening dinner: June 28, 2024
    • Closing dinner: August 2, 2024
    • Move-out: August 3, 2024

How to Apply

Starting April 1, 2024, access the application in two easy steps: 

  1. Log into Your Admitted Student Portal.
  2. Click on the "Your Clemson Journey" tab and scroll down to EUREKA! details.


The EUREKA! Undergraduate Research Program is offered through the Clemson University Honors College.

For more information, please contact:

EUREKA! Program
180 Cribb Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-5106

Phone: 864-656-4762
Fax: 864-656-1472

EUREKA! Program Delivery Options

In-Person Option

In-person EUREKA! participants conduct their summer research on campus and are given several opportunities to get to know their fellow EUREKANs, while also exploring Clemson University campus and the surrounding community.

Online Option

Online EUREKA! participants conduct their research via a creative, virtual format, with all facets of the program, including campus and community activities, being performed remotely from home through video conferencing and other online means.

EUREKA! Faculty Mentors in the News

Engineer standing in front of heart diagram

The Most Challenging Path

In one of the body’s most intricate and difficult systems to heal, researcher, engineer, and EUREKA! mentor Ethan Kung finds a challenge that motivates his life’s work. He leads Clemson’s Cardiovascular Modeling and Experimentation Research Laboratory, where mechanical and biomedical engineers collaborate with clinicians and the medical device industry to model the future of clinical care.

Follow the Path

After a decade of research, the EPIC acronym represents more than a lab name. It’s life-saving, global infectious disease research.

Parasitic and fungal pathogens threaten the health of billions worldwide. Clemson’s Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC) has brought funding and growth to scientists in pursuit of these deadly organisms. Kerry Smith and Cheryl Ingram-Smith are two of the EPIC faculty members who have also been EUREKA! faculty members for several years.

Find Out How
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Researcher standing in a field recording volumetric water content

Clemson study finds interseeded cover crops do not compete with cash crops

A team of Clemson University researchers has found certain cover crops do not compete with cash crops for nutrients and water when grown in upstate South Carolina’s sandy loam soils. The team is led by Sruthi Narayanan, as associate professor of crop ecophysiology and EUREKA! faculty mentor.

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