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Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

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Welcome to CURCI

The College of Arts & Sciences launched the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (CURCI) in 2016 in order to promote, publicize, facilitate, and celebrate the transformative educational experiences that occur through student-faculty collaborations. 

CURCI’s mission aims to animate Ignatian inquiry and student transformation in the context of undergraduate scholarly and creative works.  We accomplish this by funding projects and presentations, which create student experiences that amplify their self-awareness today so that they may be Ignatian leaders tomorrow.  Specifically, CURCI administers funds as well as supports fundraising for projects and presentations, while also capturing the student impact from those projects and presentations.  Support for undergraduate scholarly and creative works comes in the form of Morris Undergraduate Research Fellowships, the Killen Scholars Program, Jesuit Mission Fellowships, CURCI Fellowships or Research Assistantships, as well as long-standing programs within the Natural Sciences – notably the Gonzaga Science Research Program.  Opportunities for the presentation of undergraduate scholarly and creative works can be found through the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference, CAS Undergraduate Research Showcase, Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, and CAS Conference Awards. 

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Undergraduate Research Spotlight

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Student: Anthony, Class of 2021, English Major  

Research Title: "Why Here? A Digital Exhibit of the KKK at their Historical Height in the Spokane Region"

Peer Perspective: Anthony's digital exhibit project exemplifies the ability for undergraduate Gonzaga students to do fascinating cross-discipline research that is both accessible to a wide variety of people and extremely relevant within current social movements.” - Georgia (Class of 2022)

Project Website: Why Here?


Student: Anthony, Class of 2021, English Major

Research Title: "Why Here? A Digital Exhibit of the KKK at their Historical Height in the Spokane Region"

Abstract: This project seeks to create a digital exhibit presenting a historical narrative of the rise and presence of the Ku Klux Klan in the Spokane region during primarily the 1920s and the dialectical relationship between the organization, counter-groups, and the power structures of the region. Paying special attention to the Klan’s ideology of an extreme "love of law," this project will draw from sources located in the "Radicals" collection and the "Box of Hate" compilation of regional hate group material located in the library archives as well as from archived issues of the Spokesman-Review. Through the presentation of key elements from these collections alongside historical analysis and narrative in an engaging digital form, this history will be made accessible to those outside of the academic community. This project addresses the question of why these events occurred in the region at that point in history. Through contextualization with subsequent decades this project aims to tell the story of what happened to these groups and what strategies were used against them. The importance of this project lies in its ability to make this history accessible and investigate what we can learn from the past when confronting hate today as a historical development rather than simply an isolated incident. The exhibit can be viewed online at 


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