This grant is sponsored by the Burnett Honors College’s Office of Honors Research and is open to all UCF freshmen and sophomores who meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of acceptance:

  • have completed one semester at UCF and have at least four semesters remaining prior to graduation,
  • have a minimum 3.2 UCF GPA,
  • have sponsorship from a UCF faculty mentor, and
  • have not previously received a grant through the Burnett Research Scholars Program.

The purpose of the Burnett Research Scholars Grant is to provide formative research experiences to students early in their academic careers and to foster undergraduate research across the curriculum at UCF. In order to ensure equitable distribution of funding across departments and programs, proposals will be accepted from the following tracks:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Journalism
  • Community-based
  • Education and Human Performance
  • Health and Public Affairs
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Originality and depth of project; amount of research completed/breadth of research
  • Feasibility of project objectives within the next year.
  • Social and educational impact of the project; significance of the project in furthering the student’s research skills and abilities.
  • The faculty mentor's recommendation. 

If awarded the Burnett Research Scholars Grant, students must fulfill the following requirements during their grant funded semester and the following two semesters of program participation. Failure to meet any of the below requirements will result in the revocation or repayment of the student’s portion of the Burnett Research Scholars grant:

  1. Enroll in 0 (zero) to 3 (three) hours of independent research credit beginning the Spring semester following the announcement of the award. These appear as 3905, 4906, or 4912 in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog. Course substitutions for independent study are not accepted.
  2. Complete two research progress reports that are signed by the faculty mentor and submitted to the Office of Honors Research at the end of each of the first two semesters of the program . Templates for progress reports will be provided at a BRS Orientation for scholars in January.
  3. Submit a final research report as well as an introspective report to the Office of Honors Research at the completion of the third semester of the program.
  4. Apply to present a poster of the Burnett Research Scholars funded project at the annual UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) Spring 2019 or 2020.
  5. Submit a manuscript of the Burnett Research Scholars funded project to the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal (or other relevant academic journal) for peer-reviewed publication.