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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Student Research Week 2021. You helped make our event a great success. Watch the video below for some highlights of the week’s events.

Congratulations to our talented students and faculty who made Student Research Week a showcase of discovery and scholarship at UCF. I am grateful our students could pursue a life-changing research experience -- one that can open new doors for them in the future.
Provost Mike Johnson
Michael D. Johnson
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Student Scholar Symposium

Tuesday, March 30 through Thursday, April 1, 2021

Graduate and undergraduate students will present their research and creative scholarship to the UCF community through six separate virtual poster sessions held across three days.

Attendees will access student posters and their individual Zoom rooms by logging into Webcourses@UCF using the following instructions:

  1. Find a session day and time from the schedule of events
  2. Click on the Symposium Webcourse Link and log into Webcourses@UCF using your UCF credentials
  3. Once in the course, click “View Posters” on the home page then choose a disciplinary category
  4. Next, select either graduate or undergraduate presentations; a list of poster titles and student names will appear
  5. Click on a name/poster title to open a student’s page and view their poster
  6. To talk to a student about their poster, click on the Zoom link on their poster page

While non-UCF affiliates cannot access the Symposium Webcourse, you can request the Zoom information from individual student participants to see them during the event.


Student Research Week Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 2, 2021

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Student Research Week 2021 culminates with our Awards Ceremony. Student researchers have waited for this moment to be honored for their outstanding research, creativity, and scholarship.

We begin with opening remarks from UCF President, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright. Following, Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff, Vice President for Research and Dean College of Graduate Studies and Dr. Theodorea Berry, Vice Provost of Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies, will present awards to undergraduate and graduate students for their exceptional work.

To attend, please use the following Zoom link and passcode.

Passcode: 980891


UCF’s Student Research Week has a new look in 2021. Events will take place virtually from March 29 – April 2. The week is a celebration of student research and creative scholarship. It begins with the Kickoff celebration featuring Planetary Scientist and Pegasus Professor Josh Colwell as the keynote speaker. Interactive presentations will take place throughout the week. 

The premier event is the Student Scholar Symposium that combines two signature events, the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence and the Graduate Research Forum. The Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and creative scholarship to the UCF community. 

We encourage you to participate in the week and support our student researchers. Additionally, as you schedule student presentations, workshops, and programs between March 29 – April 2, please email them to so they can be included on the Student Research Week events calendar. 


Upcoming Research Week Events

Events for the 2021 Student Research Week have concluded.

Student Research Week Program Cover

Student Research Week Program

The Student Research Week Program is now available for download. Get all the details regarding our Kick-Off Event, Student Scholar Symposium, and Awards Ceremony.

Kickoff Presentation

Our virtual kickoff event featured keynote speaker Pegasus Professor of Planetary Science Dr. Joshua Colwell as well as UCF Interim Provost Dr. Michael Johnson and Vice President for Research and Dean College of Graduate Studies Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff. Dr. Theodorea Berry, Vice Provost of Student Learning and Academic Success, and Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies, presented faculty awards and undergraduate and graduate student awards to outstanding recipients.

A PDF of the event’s presentation, including the announcement of the award recipients, is available for download.


Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies Theodorea Regina Berry shares her thoughts on what researchers look like today.


Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies Theodorea Regina Berry reflects on what makes a successful researcher.


Vice President of Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Elizabeth Klonoff shares some insights on why we should not be afraid of research and why it is important to all of us.


What’s it like to be a research student at UCF? UCF Social Media Ambassador and computer science major Geela Margo Ramos shares her research with you…in 60 seconds!

An artist’s representation of Kepler-11, a small, cool star around which six planets orbit.

UCF Student Researcher Uses Machine Learning to Understand Far Away Planets

Michael Himes, a physics doctoral candidate, is using and developing machine learning methods to study planets’ atmospheres, which may help scientists detect life on them.

Psychology major Victor Blocker

Psychology Major Presents His Work on COVID’s Impact on Couples

Psychology major Victor Blocker will present his work during the Student Scholar Symposium. Blocker hopes his research will help couples identify stressors in their relationship that the pandemic exacerbates.

Closeup photo of doctoral student Krisztina Szabo

UCF Researcher Asks:
How Does Diversity
Affect Dynamics
of Space Crews?

Krisztina Szabo will present her work during Student Research Week. The doctoral candidate in industrial/organizational psychology is looking for answers as to how diversity affects team dynamics.

Vincent Marcucci

Film Student Uses
Art of Storytelling
to Focus on Florida Conservationists

Vincent Marcucci’s short film project, which he will present during Student Research Week, gives viewers a firsthand look into the stories of Floridian conservationists who are tackling prominent environmental conflicts.

Tiffany Chinwuba

UCF Student Seeks to Shine a Light on the Pandemic’s Effects on Nonprofits

Tiffany Chinwuba will be presenting during UCF’s virtual Student Scholar Symposium her research on how specific ways of life during COVID-19 has altered some nonprofit organizations in Central Florida.

UCF Student Bonnie Cross

#WearADamnMask Can Teach Health Officials A Lot About Influencing the Public’s Behavior

Bonnie Cross, a doctoral student in the Texts and Technology program, will share her research findings regarding the politicization of COVID’s health care advisories during the Student Scholar Symposium.

Jorge Ugan behind a bicycle

Civil Engineering Student Looks at What Would It Take to Make Roads Safe for Road Users

Jorge Ugan is completing his master’s in Civil Engineering, and, in his research, he looks at the areas of low frequency bike crashes to figure out what it would take to make roads safe.

Lab Research

SEEDing Research Forum to Update the UCF Community on New Research Underway

During Student Research Week, faculty will update the UCF community about 29 different projects funded with internal grants during two virtual events.

Collage of UCF Researchers

UCF Funds Second Round of $1 million SEED Initiative to Support Faculty Research

Thirty-seven teams are awarded grants to investigate a variety of research including the use of artificial intelligence to improve battery performance and gaming to develop leadership skills.

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