Related Undergraduate Research Workshops

Writing an Abstract and Get Ready
to Present

January 30th, 12:30-2:00pm (SU 223)
January 31st, 12:30-2:00pm SU (SU 223)

How to: Ask for, Process, and
Use Feedback in Undergraduate Research

February 6th, 2:00-3:30pm (SU 223)
February 7th, 1:00-2:30pm (SU 223)
April 3rd, 4:00-5:00pm (SU 316AB)

Preparing a Poster Presentation
March 6th, 10:00-11:30am (SU 220)
March 9th, 11:00-12:30 (SU 220)
March 10th, 1:00-2:30pm (SU 223)
March 20th, 11:00-12:30 (SU 224)

How to: Communicate Your Research
April 3rd, 12:00-1:30pm (SU 316AB)

FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

I am not sure how to begin writing a project objective or a project abstract, summary, or creative statement. Where can I find assistance?

Who can be a faculty mentor?

What happens if major developments occur in my research project between the time I apply and the Showcase date?

What kind of "undergraduate research" is presented at the Showcase?

Is the Showcase open to visual and performing arts students?

I am still in the early stages of my research or creative project. Am I eligible to present at the Showcase?

I am working on more than one research or creative project. Can I be a presenter on more than one project?

Do I need to submit any kind of paper copy as part of my application?

When will I find out if my project has been accepted to the Showcase?

Where can I print my poster for the Showcase?

Can I invite friends, family, and other faculty to attend the Showcase?

Can classroom projects submit to the Showcase?

If any of your questions were not answered in this section, please e-mail us at OUR@ucf.edu with your question(s) or call the Office of Undergraduate Research at (407) 823-3125.

 

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Q: I am not sure how to begin writing a project objective or a project abstract, summary, or creative statement. Where can I find assistance?

A: The Office of Undergraduate Research holds workshops on Getting Ready to Present Your Research, which discuss writing abstracts and objective statements. Please also take a look at these sample projects.

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Q: Who can be a faculty mentor?

A: Faculty mentors typically have a terminal degree within their discipline and a formal appointment with an academic department. See the OUR policy on Faculty Members.

 

Q: What happens if major developments occur in my research project between the time I apply and the Showcase date?

A: You are welcome to note those changes as you develop your final poster presentation. However, the project objective submitted with your application will be printed in the Showcase proceedings and cannot be amended after the February deadline.

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Q: What kind of "undergraduate research" is presented at the Showcase?

A: For all submissions, students must be working under the guidance of a UCF faculty mentor who can speak to the quality of the research or creative endeavor; this includes students working on faculty research as well as students working on their own research under the supervision of faculty. Capstone projects and Honors in the Major theses are good examples of the second type of student research." to "For all submissions, students must be working under the guidance of a UCF faculty mentor who can speak to the quality of the research or creative endeavor. This includes students working on faculty research, as well as students working on their own research (such as capstone projects and Honors in the Major theses).

Most research explores a question or hypothesis that is important to the discipline. A student must know something about the discipline's research methodology (what constitutes "evidence" and how it is obtained), as well as how to decide if a line of inquiry is important to the discipline.

Research conducted at other institutions usually qualifies for the Showcase; please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research to confirm eligibility.

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Q: Is the Showcase open to visual and performing arts students?

A: Yes. We encourage visual and performing artists to participate in the Showcase through a poster format.

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Q: I am still in the early stages of my research or creative project. Am I eligible to present at the Showcase?

A: You do not need to have already completed your research or creative project to be considered. Some students who participate in the Showcase present partial findings or progress reports rather than formal conclusions.

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Q: I am working on more than one research or creative project. Can I be a presenter on more than one project?

A: You may be the primary author on one project and a secondary author on one project each year. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research with any questions.

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Q: Do I need to submit any kind of paper copy as part of my application?

A: No. However, your faculty mentor will receive information about your project to ensure consent.

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Q: When will I find out if my project has been accepted to the Showcase?

A: Students will be notified of their acceptance by the end of February.

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Q: Where can I print my poster for the Showcase?

A: There are many on-campus resources that can print Showcase posters such as: SGA Printing Lab, Honors College (if you are an honors student), Office of Instructional Resources, and some individual departments.

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Q: Can I invite friends, family, and other faculty to attend the Showcase?

A: Absolutely! The more, the merrier.

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Q: Can classroom projects submit to the Showcase?

A: Yes, however due to space limitations no more than 5 projects per instructor can be submitted. This rule doesn't apply to independent research or independent study courses.

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