The mission of the Student Creative Activities and Research (S-CAR) unit is to promote inclusive excellence for student research at James Madison University.


Enriching all students' learning opportunities through creative activities, research, and scholarship.


S-CAR supports JMU’s vision “To be the national model for the engaged university” and embodies several values of the institution including academic quality, diversity, innovation, and student focus. S-CAR recognizes academic and student support units are the primary means by which students have opportunities to engage in research and creative activities. As such, the Coordinator of S-CAR provides support for faculty, staff, administrators, and students to enhance and increase these opportunities. She also provides support through sharing successful strategies for and examples of establishing, growing, and enhancing existing or new research programs.

The mission and vision of S-CAR are accomplished through the following activities:

Funding for Creative Activities and Research

  • Administration of internal travel grants (potential other funding opportunities)
  • Promote access to internal and external funding 
  • Collaboration with units on external funding applications
  • Work with Office of Fellowships and Awards to promote and grow student fellowship opportunities

Support for Creative Activities and Research

  • Provision of resources and professional development for faculty to increase inclusion 
  • Development of resources for strategically increasing opportunities
  • Communicate opportunities for internal and external dissemination 
  • Partnering with JMU units
  • Connecting students and faculty for research opportunities
  • Connecting students to interdisciplinary opportunities

Highlighting JMU Student Creative Activities and Research 

  • Work with the office of Research Development and Promotion to promote accomplishments
  • Communicating departmental and college opportunities 
  • Producing social media and news stories about exemplary student creative activities and research
  • Organizing a university-wide research showcase

Managing Institutional and External Relationships for S-CAR

  • Facilitate partnerships and collaboration across JMU units
  • Manage JMU’s institutional membership to the Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Serve as an institutional point of contact for external inquiries about student research and creative activities
  • Represent JMU at student research meetings and conferences
  • Coordinate with and provide support to the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal (JMURJ)

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