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Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities


The purpose of the Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies (CSSR) is to engage SIUC undergraduate students with fewer than 75 credit hours at the start of the fall semester in faculty-mentored, hands-on research and/or creative activities.  Students explore their intended majors or areas of interest, develop relationships with faculty in their field, and gain valuable research and critical thinking skills. 

Ultimately the program goal is to improve the retention of promising, high achieving first-year students, particularly first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students, by providing the academic and psycho-social support necessary to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to the sophomore year of college.

Program Funders:
This year the CSSR is funded by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of the Provost, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA).

What's New:

The application period for the 2015-2016 year has closed. Thank you to all students who applied!

Projects selected are carried out during the 2016 spring semester and include poster presentations at the 2016 Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Forum on April 4, 2016.

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