Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is a liaison between students and the numerous research opportunities which exist on campus.  OUR is an invaluable resource to student’s who want to become involved in research and for those students who are already engaged in a research project.  For student’s who are uncertain of how to begin, OUR offers numerous workshops that inform students on the methods of becoming involved in research and the options that are available to them.  For student’s who are already involved, OUR offers travel funding, research grants, and workshops on how to publish and present research for a broader audience.

For more information, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website

Summer Research Academy

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Summer Research Academy is a two-day event where rising UCF juniors and transfer students learn about the nature of the university, learn about research opportunities, meet faculty, and earn 1 credit hour for their participation at no cost.  Student’s representative of all disciplines, whether it be fine arts, medicine, engineering, social sciences, etc., are encouraged to participate in this event in order to learn more about their options for becoming involved in research.

For more information, please visit the Summer Research Academy website

Excel Program

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the purpose of the EXCEL program is to increase the success of freshman and sophomore students who are representative of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.  Students who are accepted to the EXCEL program are privileged to a variety of benefits, including but not limited to priority scheduling, on-campus housing, free math and science tutoring, a paid undergraduate research experience, and belongingness to a small community of other students with similar interests and goals.

For more information, please visit the EXCEL website

McNair Scholars Program

A federally funded national program, the McNair Scholars program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for Doctoral studies through involvement in research and scholarly activities.  McNair students are typically first-generation college students (both parents or guardians never received a college degree) with financial need, or students who are of an ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate level programs.

For more information, please visit the McNair Scholars website

Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)

RAMP is designed to provide juniors or seniors, who may be interested in pursuing graduate school, with paid research experiences.  Typically, RAMP students are of an ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate education.  Students who are accepted into the program work closely with a faculty mentor on their research project and receive a stipend of $2,800 per year.

For more information, please visit the RAMP website

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Research Experiences for Undergraduates offers students the opportunity to engage at research at UCF or at universities nationwide.  NSF currently funds over 400 research sites throughout the United States in a range of technical areas that offer students the chance to experience hands-on research.  Grants are also available through NSF to fund a student’s research endeavor through REU.

For more information on REU, please visit the National Science Foundation website

For more information on REU programs available at UCF exclusively, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website

The Burnett School of Biomedical Science Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE)

Student’s who are representative of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences have an exclusive opportunity to become involved in laboratory research through the PURE program.  This highly competitive program admits approximately 15-20 molecular biology and microbiology majors per year.  Students who are accepted to this program will have greater access to faculty who are conducting research in an area of shared interest, will gain training in the practice and communication of science, will receive preparation for post-graduate educational and career opportunities, and will present their work at scientific conferences.

For more information, please visit the PURE website