Presentations Opportunities

UCF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)

On April 7, 2016, UCF and The Office of Undergraduate Research will sponsor the thirteenth annual Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom.

As part of the mission to be one of the nation’s leading metropolitan research universities, UCF will showcase approximately 250 undergraduate research projects at this event. The purpose of this showcase is to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to display and present their research topics, methodology, and findings to academic and public audiences; to afford undergraduate student presenters a forum to sharpen their visual and oral presentation skills; and to demonstrate to the university community the diversity of undergraduate research at UCF. Undergraduate presenters at this showcase will be representative of numerous research programs and disciplines, such as Burnett Reseach Scholars (BRS), the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), the Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP), the McNair Scholars program, Honors in the Major (HIM), students working independently with faculty on research projects, and any undergraduate UCF student who meets the Undergraduate Research Showcase criteria. Scholarships are awarded to students whose projects are judged exemplary by faculty review panels. For additional information, please visit the UCF OUR Showcase website: http://www.showcase.ucf.edu/

Many students who are representative of the University Honors program, Honors in the Major, and Burnett Research Scholars present their projects at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence. The following link provides a list of our students who have received a scholarship at SURE: List of SURE Scholarship Recipients   

Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)

The Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) is one of the nation's largest multi-disciplinary research conferences. It is an annual event open to all undergraduate researchers in the state of Florida to present their research in a poster forum. Every year the conference will be hosted at a different university in the state on the last weekend in February. In addition to research presentations, there are also exhibitors from graduate programs and other opportunities targeted for students involved in undergraduate research.  The 2016 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference will be held from February 26-27 at the University of Tampa.  Abstracts are due by January 15, 2016 and can be submitted online at http://www.ut.edu/furc/.   

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is an annual conference that hosts students of all fields and disciplines, from biomedical, engineering, and social science research to the humanities and performing arts. This conference acts as a preeminent opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research to a national audience, network with peers and faculty who are conducting research in similar areas, learn about the nature of research that is different than their own, and to acquire information about graduate school and employment opportunities. Students who submit abstracts to NCUR can present their research orally or in a poster-format. NCUR 2016 will be held at the University of North Carolina - Asheville from April 7-9.  The abstract submission site will open on October 5, 2015 and remain live until December 2, 2015.  More information can be found at http://www.cur.org/ncur_2016/

Posters on the Hill

Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. Each spring, the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts “Posters on the Hill,” which invites students to present their research at a poster session on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. This event helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the student whom these programs impact. The deadline to submit an abstract to the 2016 Posters on the Hill will be announced soon. 

Additional Presentation Opportunities

While the above conferences serve as opportunities for undergraduates to present their research, students also have access to a variety of conferences that are both interdisciplinary and discipline-specific. The easiest way for students to find conference opportunities is by speaking with their faculty mentors. Many faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students attend national and international association conferences that occur throughout the year.

Travel Funding

Students who are accepted to present research at academic conferences may receive funding to help cover the costs of travel, room and board, and registration fees.  The UCF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides up to $300 for national travel and $450 for international travel for students who are primary presenters of research at academic conferences (http://www.our.ucf.edu/opportunities/travel.php).  The UCF Student Government Association (SGA) also offers up to $250 per individual student for travel-related expenses (http://ucfsga.com/resources/forms/).  In addition, students who are a part of the University Honors and/or Honors in the Major programs are eligible for additional travel funding through The Burnett Honors College (TBHC Travel Award Application)