Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research

About 60 percent of UNC Asheville students complete undergraduate research, a self-directed or -designed academic work that addresses a research question with the expectation of a scholarly or creative product intended for publication or presentation on or off campus. Alongside faculty mentors, students in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department have completed projects on topics such as, “The Dark Side of Luxury: The Connection Between Chocolate and Child Slavery in West Africa,” “Waging Peace: Analyzing the Effects of International Aid and Assistance on Warring Somalia,” and “Race in the Sphere of Contemporary Cuban Art: A Culture of Resistance.” Learn more about undergraduate research at

McCullough Fellowship

Interdisciplinary Studies is the home of the colloquium course for the McCullough Fellows program at UNC Asheville. The McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use, and Environmental Resiliency supports students in summer applied research projects that address topics relating to land use and conservation, urban planning, sustainable agriculture, and/or resilience and environmental sustainability. You can find more information about the Fellowship HERE.

To apply for the summer fellowship, students MUST register to attend one of three virtual information sessions:

– Monday, December 12, 2022: 11 am – 12 pm,
– Thursday, January 12, 2023: 12 pm – 1 pm,
– Thursday, January 26, 2023: 12 pm – 1 pm.

Applications are due March 1, 2023 and will be emailed after attending an informational session.  Faculty are also welcome to attend.

More information can be found on the flyer HERE.