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Research-Enriched Academic Challenge - REACH

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

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This competitive program, open to all disciplines, offers up to 20 grant awards each year to full-time SIU Carbondale undergraduate students to work on an independent research and/or creative activity project with a faculty mentor. We also publicize and promote other undergraduate research and/or creative activity opportunities via this web site and by producing an informational brochure.

Karen Renzaglia, PhD, Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at SIUC was instrumental in establishing the Research-Enriched Acadmic Challenge. 

What's New

We are pleased to announce that our Research Enginered Academic Challenge (REACH) program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic school year, beginning February 1st. The REACH grant will award recipients with $1500 in funds towards their independent research/creative activity. 

The REACH grant will be accepting applications beginning Monday, February 1st, and will remain open till Tuesday, March 1st. Applications are to be submitted online through “REACH 2016” special activity course in SIU Online. 

We want to highly encourage students in ALL disciplines interested in pursuing independent work to apply for this grant, which provides a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in research or creative activities guided by a faculty member. REACH is a phenomenal opportunity to gain experience, improve relationships with faculty members, build your resume, gain public recognition, etc. For more information on REACH, please visit, or contact the CURCA department or 453-4433.

Congratualtions to the 2015-2016 Research Enriched Academic Challenge (REACH) award winners! Visit "Current Awardees" to view who won!!

AWARDS of up to $1,500 support original creative activity and research projects by full-time SIU Carbondale undergraduate students working with a faculty mentor. Awarded projects also include the opportunity for REACH recipients to be paid for 10 hours per week through an undergraduate assistantship for working on their projects for the fall and spring semesters of the award period; however, the REACH recipient must meet undergraduate assistantship eligibility requirements. Detailed application information is available here, and during the online application period in the REACH special activity in SIU Online.

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