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.
- A $200 scholarship to recognize their efforts (contingent upon SGA funding)
- A certificate and an Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) padfolio
- Recognition on the OUR website and in the SURE program
- 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. Mentors will be contacted via email and asked to endorse student applications the week after applications close. Please note that students are only eligible to receive one the DURA once in their undergraduate career.
Each month, a different winner will be recognized. 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.
Fall 2016 Consideration: Friday, September 16
Spring 2017 Consideration: Friday, April 7
Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at OUR@ucf.edu 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
Mentor: Dr. Kevin Mackie
Research Project: Using Triaxial Accelerometer and Gyroscope Sensors for Activity Recognition in Construction Sites
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Kuebler
Research Project: Controlling Light with Spatially Variant Photonic Crystals
Mentor: Dr. Grace White
Research Project: Does Distance Matter?: Predictors Of Infidelity And Jealousy In Geographically Close Versus Long Distance Romantic Relationship
Mentor: Dr. Kyle Rohde
Research Project: Expanding the genetic toolbox for Mycobacteria: Constructing the PheS Counterselection marker
Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster
Research Project: The Effects of Hegemonic Support of Endangered Languages on Language Ideologies
Mentor: Dr. Yoon-Seong Kim
Research Project: Alpha-Synuclein: Insight to the Potential Biomarker for Theranostics Involved in Parkinson's Disease
Mentor: Dr. Nazanin Rahnavard
Research Project: Mining Collective Intelligence in Cognitive Radio Networks
Mentor: Dr. Guo-Jun Qu
Research Project: Deep Learning Methods for Dynamic Brain Connectome Prediction
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters & Dr. Melinda Donnelly
Research Project: Effects of Black Mangrove Range Expansion on Shoreline Bird Communities
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Oliver (English)
Research Project: Gender and Genre Madness in Samuel Richardson’s “Sir Charles Grandison”
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Altomare (Biomedical Sciences)
Research Project: Microenvironment Changes in the Pancreatic Stroma Induced by Inflammation
Mentor: Dr. Kareem Ahmed (Mechanical Engineering)
Research Project: Flame Turbulence Interaction for Deflagration to Detonation
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Bohlen
Research Project: How "Natural" are Shoreline Plant Communities in Constructed Storm-Water Ponds?
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters
Research Project: Quantifying the Success of Eastern Oysters in Brevard County
Mentor: Dr. Richard Hofler (Economics)
Research Project: Correcting Medicaid Enrollment Underreporting: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis