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Undergraduate Research

DCUR Mission

In 2011, the Center for Undergraduate Research was established at Southern Miss to enhance the undergraduate experience by promoting and supporting student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects, and scholarship.

In 2016, the Center was renamed Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) in honor of its benefactor, USM alumnus Donald Drapeau. The DCUR functions as the hub for coordinating and communicating to Southern Miss students opportunities for research and creative projects and supporting students’ scholarly activities through its grant programs.

Operation and activities of DCUR are administered by staff from the Honors College and from the Office of the Vice President for Research and are guided by a steering committee that is composed of representatives from each College, University Libraries, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

► Find out about DCUR grants and external funding opportunities!

2019/20 Steering Committee

Dr. Brigitte Burgess, College of Business and Economic Development

Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, College of Arts and Sciences 

Dr. David Cochran, College of Arts and Sciences 

Ms. Tracy Englert, University Libraries 

Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, Honors College

Ms. Jo Ann Johnson, Office of the Vice President for Research

Dr. Alan Shiller, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez, College of Education and Human Sciences

Dr. Lachel Story, College of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ellen Weinauer, Honors College

Ms. Cyndi Wyles, Office of the Vice President for Research


Contact a member of the UGS Planning Committee in your area of interest for questions related to conventions of presentations in your discipline.

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