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Supporting Undergraduate Research

The College of Arts & Sciences initiated a new program in 2016-17, the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (U.C.A.R.E.).  Its purpose is to support faculty in their efforts to engage students in intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation. Three $2,000 awards were made available to support faculty members who mentored undergraduate students during Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters. Each student received a $1,000 award. Here is a summary of the three U.C.A.R.E. projects for 2016-17:

The Dogs are Barking

Jonathan Harris, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Film and coordinator of the B.A. in Film Production program administered by the Department of Film, Communication, and Performing Arts at Clayton State, this past Spring semester worked with five students who received U.C.A.R.E. grants from the College of Arts & Sciences to help support submission of their short films to more than 25 national and internal film festivals. The students, who were selected based on the jury results from a screening of senior level film work, will receive notice of their submissions Fall term.

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With U.C.A.R.E. grants provided by the College, Shontelle Thrash, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre and Communication, took three students with her to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), the largest theatre conference in the Southeast, and also attended the SETC convention in Lexington, Kentucky, which conducts over 400 workshops covering every aspect of theatre and some film. Collectively, the students participated in over thirty workshops, ranging from acting, movement, Shakespeare, musical theatre, to juggling, singing, improvisation, dance, choreography, improvisation, dialects, and much more.


With U.C.A.R.E. funding, John Meyers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Richard Singiser, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, took six Clayton State students to present their research at the 253rd American Chemical Society