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Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC)

SURC was formed to promote awareness about undergraduate research for students at the University of Central Florida. Through generating awareness, we hope to increase the number of students engaged in research projects at UCF. Also, we want to convey that research is tangible to students studying a variety of disciplines who come from diverse backgrounds. SURC believes that participating in undergraduate research is an important experience for anyone interested in gaining more knowledge and a deeper appreciation of their academic field.


Why are we committed to undergraduate research? Research has provided us with fundamentally different ways of looking at the world. Our involvement in research has not only transformed our academic experience but has given us tools and skills that will increase our success in future endeavors.

 

Applications for the 2016-2016 SURC Cohort are now available. Please read here for more information about SURC and the application process. Once you have read those instructions, fill out your application here: SURC Application: 2016-2017


We are here to help you become a successful undergraduate researcher. If you have any questions about getting involved in undergraduate research, please do not hesitate to ask a SURC representative!


SURC Members

Michael Lopez-Brau

Electrical Engineering

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Nazanin Rahnavard & Dr. Boqing Gong
Research Project:
Mining Collective Intelligence for Robust Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Networks & Synthesizing Ranking Functions from Query Embeddings for Image Retrieval
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Career Advancement Mentoring Program for Young Entrepreneur and Scholars (CAMP-YES), Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), Honors in the Major (HIM), UCF Innovation through Institutional Integration (ICUBED) Fellowship, McNair Scholars, Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Summer Off-Campus Research at Stanford

Rebecca McLean

Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee
Research Project:
Sodium Ion Effect on Chlorella vulgaris as a Means Increasing Lipid Production for Bioenergy
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Summer Off-Campus Research at University of Washington, Career Advancement Mentoring Program for Young Entrepreneur and Scholars (CAMP-YES), Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)

Grayson Lanza

Political Science

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Houman Sadri
Research Project:
Contemporary Analysis of Kurdish Nationalist Movements
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Honors in the Major (HIM), Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)

Samantha Shepard

Psychology

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Doan Modianos
Research Project:
The Effects of Sexist Humor on Discrimination
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Honors in the Major (HIM), Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), OUR Student Research Grant

Shelly Gaynor

Biology

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Linda Walters & Dr. Eric Hoffman
Research Project:
Assessing Genetic Diversity within Natural Populations of Smooth Cord Grass to Ensure Effective Restoration Efforts
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), OUR Student Research Grant, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), EXCEL/COMPASS Program, Summer Off-Campus Research Experience at the University of Colorado-Boulder

Leslie Simms

Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Hansen Mansy
Research Project:
Non-invasive Measurement of Tympanic Membrane Oscillations
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Learning Environment and Academic Research Network (LEARN)

Sara Khederzadeh

Biotechnology

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Alicja Copik
Research Project:
Immunotherapy of Cancer Using Natural Killer Cells Expanded with Tumor Particles
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Honors in the Major (HIM), Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)

Christina Kursewicz

Medical Sociology

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Elzbieta Sikorska-Simmons
Research Project:
Palliative Care Education in American Medical Schools
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Burnett Research Scholars (BRS)

Kelly Rosch

Psychology & Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Valerie Simms
Research Project:
The Effects of Metacognitive Prompting on Music Learning
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP), Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Research Internships in Science and Engineering (DAAD RISE)

Lucy Clemente La Rosa

International and Global Studies Major

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Houman Sadri
Research Project:
Analysis of Narcoterrorism across the Evolution of Terrorist Organizations
Undergraduate Research Programs:
Honors in the Major (HIM), Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)