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The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to strengthen and enrich the undergraduate research climate at the University of Central Florida. Undergraduate research gives students an opportunity to work closely with faculty while having a hands-on learning experience. Additionally, the learning that occurs when undergraduate researchers work with experts in their field cannot be gained in a traditional classroom setting but is best disseminated in a laboratory, field, clinic, or studio environment.
In order to support students who are interested in getting involved in undergraduate research, OUR annually hosts the Summer Research Academy and provides Getting Started workshops. In addition to those structured programs, a request can be made for a representative to come present about undergraduate research opportunities to clubs, classes, or groups. These programs reinforce how undergraduate research benefits students’ academic experience. It also provides tools for finding a faculty mentor and a research project. Students interested in research also have the option to email the Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) with questions about undergraduate research. SURC students are active researchers on campus who serve as research ambassadors to the general UCF student body, as well as a student council for OUR.
OUR also supports students engaged in research at UCF. During the Spring and Fall semesters, a workshop series is hosted by OUR in collaboration with The Burnett Honors College, Research and Mentoring Program, and McNair Scholars Program. These workshops prepare students to present their research in written and oral presentation format. OUR supplies two forums for undergraduates to present their research: the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence and the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal. Additionally, OUR offers travel awards for students who want to present their research away from campus and grants for which undergraduates may apply to fund independent research projects. We hope that these various experiences will strengthen the undergraduate research experience for UCF students.