Center Overview

The USM Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research was established in October 2011. The overall mission of the center is to enhance the undergraduate experience by promoting and supporting student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects and scholarship.  The benefits of active participation in faculty-mentored research are myriad both to the student experience and the university community at large. 

Faculty interested in mentoring and collaborating with students are encouraged to become Faculty Affiliates

Students interested in working on independent research, creative or scholarly projects are encouraged to explore the Faculty Affiliates pages for scholarly opportunities.  They also may apply for funding to support their work through the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), and present their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Please join VP for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon and the DCUR in congratulating the Fall 2016 Eagle Scholars!  You may download a list of their names and project titles Eagle Scholars


Funding Opportunity Announcements


    • Posters in the Rotunda is a showcase for undergraduate research and scholarly activity being conducted at the eight state universities in Mississippi. We are the eighteenth state in the nation to hold such an event. This year it will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Jackson, and provides the opportunity for students to share their work with each other and with state legislators.Four students from Southern Miss will be selected to participate; preference will be given to presenters with topics of interest to state legislation, including agriculture, historic preservation, economics, and health care. All expenses concerning travel and poster production will be covered, and participants will receive a DCUR polo shirt.

      The application materials, which may be found here, consist of an extended abstract and a cover letter expressing the reasons why the student wishes to participate in Posters. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to March 1, 2017. Please contact DCUR at or call 6-5997 with any questions. More information can be found here

    • DCUR is pleased to offer two Drapeau Summer Research Grants. The program will provide up to $5000 each for two undergraduate student who wish to devote at least 8 full weeks of full time work on a research or creative project during the Summer 2017. The application deadline is March 10, 2017.  More information can be found here.

    • Applications are now open for the FALL 2017 round of Eagle SPUR awards. Students may receive up to $1000 to support purchase of supplies or equipment, travel expenses, or payment of a stipend. All proposal materials must be received by April 3,2017.  More information can be found here.

    • DCUR will once again support travel expenses through the Eagle Wings Travel Funding Program. Students must be the first author of the paper or poster and be the presenter. The research itself should be completed or substantially completed at the time of application. The application deadline for travel to be conducted on April 3,2017. More information can be found here.

    • The center will fund 4 students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis, TN, in early April. There they will join over 4000 other students from around the country in sharing their scholarly projects, which may range from scientific investigations to artistic exhibitions. All travel expenses will be covered. Applications are due October 25, 2016. More information can be found here.

    • Students may apply to participate in Posters on the Hill in which they will share their research projects in the U.S. Capitol with members of Congress. They will attend a series of workshops and meet nearly 60 students from across the country.  More information may be found here