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 Spring 2018 Eagle Scholars!  You may download a list of their names and project titles at 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. Next year it will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 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. Check back to this site for future updates.

      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. Please contact DCUR at or call 601.266.5997 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 students who wish to devote at least 8 full weeks of full-time work on a research or creative project during the Summer 2018. More information can be found here. Check back to this site for future updates.

    • Applications will be due on April 2, 2018 for the Fall 2018 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. More information can be found here. Check back to this site for future updates.

    • 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. More information can be found here. Applications are due on April 2, 2018.

    • The center will fund four students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Edmond, OK, 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 November 3, 2017. More information can be found here.