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The Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) is pleased to announce the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award. This award recognizes outstanding academic research by undergraduates at the University of Central Florida.

Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award recipients will receive:
  • A $200 scholarship to recognize their efforts, in partnership with SGA
  • A certificate and an OUR padfolio
  • Recognition on the Office of Undergraduate Research website
  • Acknowledgment of their award in the monthly OUR electronic newsletter

Applicants must be current UCF undergraduate students who have been involved with research for at least one complete semester and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Students can apply for this award by completing the Application Form with mentor endorsement (i.e., the mentor's signature on the application) and submitting a 1-2 page resume/CV. Please be sure to include all of the following elements on the resume/CV: major/minor(s), expected graduation date, current UCF GPA, and contact information. Faculty should only sign the form after all the fields are complete. All application materials must be typed and submitted electronically to

Each month a new student from the pool of applicants will be honored. Applications are due in September and March for consideration. If a student is not awarded the distinction during the semester the student applied, he or she may apply again with an updated application for consideration in the next semester. Scholarships are only disbursed if the student is enrolled the semester in which they were awarded DURA. The disbursement schedule is May for spring recipients, and December for fall recipients.


Due Dates

Fall 2015 Consideration: Friday, September 11

Spring 2016 Consideration: Friday, March 4

Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at or 407-823-3125.

Note: Current or previous members of the Student Undergraduate Research Council are not eligible to receive this award.


Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award Recipients

July 2016

Michelle Schaffer
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters & Dr. Melinda Donnelly
Research Project: Effects of Black Mangrove Range Expansion on Shoreline Bird Communities

June 2016

Jessica Whitman
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Oliver (English)
Research Project: Gender and Genre Madness in Samuel Richardson’s “Sir Charles Grandison”

May 2016

Kathryn Cline
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Altomare (Biomedical Sciences)
Research Project: Microenvironment Changes in the Pancreatic Stroma Induced by Inflammation

April 2016

Jessica Chambers
Mentor: Dr. Kareem Ahmed (Mechanical Engineering)
Research Project: Flame Turbulence Interaction for Deflagration to Detonation

March 2016

Melissa Paduani
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Bohlen
Research Project: How "Natural" are Shoreline Plant Communities in Constructed Storm-Water Ponds?

February 2016

Lacie Anderson
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters
Research Project: Quantifying the Success of Eastern Oysters in Brevard County

January 2016

Brach Champion
Mentor: Dr. Richard Hofler (Economics)
Research Project: Correcting Medicaid Enrollment Underreporting: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis