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All Participants

  • Applicants to the Student Scholar Symposium will be accepted based on the content submitted by the February 8, 2021 submission deadline.
  • If you can no longer participate after acceptance, you must email researchweek@ucf.edu by the March 15, 2021 withdrawal deadline.
  • Application abstracts must contain no more than 1,500 characters (with spaces)
  • If your proposal submission is accepted, you will be required to submit your poster image and Zoom meeting link to the Student Scholar Symposium Webcourse by March 23, 2021 (details to be provided after acceptance).
    • Details and poster guidelines will be sent after acceptance

Graduate Student

The following criteria must be met for UCF graduate students participating in the Student Scholar Symposium:

  • Currently enrolled UCF graduate students.
  • Applicants may only appear as primary author on one presentation submission.
  • The presentation submission must be the original work of the author(s) and completed at UCF.
  • If a presentation submission is co-authored, only the primary author will be recognized in the event program and be eligible for a scholarship award.
  • Applicants must receive permission from co-authors (if any) to present.
  • If the presentation submission is a result of a student/faculty collaboration, it is expected that the majority was completed by the graduate student.
  • A UCF faculty mentor must approve your presentation abstract.
  • Note: your name, title, and abstract information will be publicly available.

Undergraduate Student

Presenter

  • Currently enrolled UCF undergraduate students.
  • Students who graduated with their undergraduate degree the December before the Showcase to which they apply.
  • Students on academic probation are ineligible.
  • Individual students may only be the primary author (who submits a project) on one poster. They may be listed as an additional author on another poster.

Student research conducted at other colleges or universities, such as competitive summer research program, usually qualifies for the Symposium; please contact us at researchweek@ucf.edu to confirm eligibility. All student presenters must attend the Symposium event. No projects may be presented in absentia. Three poster sessions are available, and presenters are encouraged to attend all three but only present at one.

Project

  • Projects from all fields and disciplines are eligible for presentation.
  • All projects must have a clear focus (e.g. central research question or creative aim).
  • Research and creative works in progress are encouraged.
    • These include projects that have not yet attained final results or are still developing: presentations of initial results, research or project designs, field experiences, methodology discussions, and literature reviews.
  • Presentations of completed projects and final results are, of course, equally encouraged.

What kind of undergraduate research projects are presented at the Symposium?

Students must be working on research or creative scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This can include work conducted with a faculty mentor inside or outside of the classroom.  Students who are working with faculty on research projects outside of class (this includes students who are enrolled in Directed Independent Research or 4912 credits) should apply to the Student Scholar Symposium. 

Academic research and creative work explores a question or objective that is important to the discipline. A student must know something about the discipline’s methodology for conducting research or creative scholarship, as well as how to decide if a line of inquiry is important to the discipline.

Who can be a faculty mentor for undergraduate research?

Faculty mentors typically have a terminal degree within their discipline and a formal fulltime appointment with an academic department at UCF or another college or university. See the OUR policy on Faculty Mentors.

If you have any questions on this policy, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research
e: OUR@ucf.edu
p: (407)823-0101