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UWF undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from diverse fields of study presented their research and academic achievements over the past year during the Student Scholars Symposium and Faculty Research Showcase, part of Founders Week, on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Students and faculty presented their research at the John C. Pace Library, University Commons, Cannon Green, and Center for Fine

Explore. Research. Gain the knowledge that will take you to the next level. Get Involved with your discipline. Experience hands-on research. Shadow multiple Faculty mentors and learn what undergraduate research is really about. The Office of Undergraduate Research challenges you to take your educational experience to the next level. Research, scholarly or creative activities are possible for every discipline and major.

Congratulations Fall 2022 Graduating Students

Congratulations to the fall 2022 class of graduating students and to nine undergraduate research students that received a transcript notation for their substantive collaboration for two or more semesters on their research or scholarly work:

  • Ihsan B. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Samantha Seals, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Leah D. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Crystal Bennett, School of Nursing
  • Rachael F. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Cavnar, Dept. of Biology
  • Jeni G. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Cavnar, Dept. of Biology
  • Morgan K. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Blalock, Dept. of Psychology
  • Sierra L. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Susan Piacenza, Dept. of Biology
  • Hunter R. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alexis M. Janosik, Dept. of Biology
  • Sydney T. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rodney Guttmann, Dept. of Biology
  • Brittany Y. - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hui-Min Chung, Dept. of Biology

If you would like to show your appreciation and support for undergraduate research consider giving to the UWF Alumni Class Gift Program or Donating to the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Are You Interested in Representing UWF at the 2023 Florida Undergraduate Research Leadership Summit (FURLS)?

Every year, OUR nominates two active undergraduate research students to attend this student-led undergraduate research conference. It is not a traditional academic conference, but more of an opportunity for students from across the state to network and share ideas about advancing undergraduate research.  FURLS will take place in person from Jan 27-28, 2023, at the UF campus in Gainesville, Florida. Please email your interest to OUR at by Dec. 7, 2022.


National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2023

The National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2023 will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the picturesque city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 13-15, 2023.

University of West Florida Students who wish to present their research at NCUR should submit their abstract to NCUR and OUR Programs Application Portal. Deadline has been extended to December 7, 2022. 

OUR will support ten UWF students attending this conference. For OUR funding, students must apply to OUR and submit their abstracts to NCUR.

Students who receive an NCUR Travel Award ARE NOT eligible for another OUR Travel Award this academic year. In addition, priority will be given to undergraduate students with no previous conference experience and to those that would not normally present at NCUR.

For information about NCUR, including important deadlines, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit the OUR NCUR homepage

Need to Meet with OUR!?

OUR staff is here to help you navigate your research experience; whether you are a new student interested in getting evolved in research or a current undergraduate researcher, we are here to help with all your questions. Make an appointment with OUR by using this link or scanning the QR code. 

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Do you need students to help with your scholarly work or research?

Are you interested in being a faculty mentor to undergraduate students? Are you already a research mentor to undergraduate students? Do you want to learn more about being involved in undergraduate research? If the answer is yes, to any question, please complete the UWF Research Opportunities and Faculty Mentor Interest Form. OUR will use your submission to add to the growing list of UWF faculty research mentors and keep an active record of which faculty members are accepting undergraduate students to mentor. Submit research opportunities here,

Experience Your Major

Learn applicable skills through scholarly and/or creative projects that will take your college experience to the next level.

Why Research

Interested in Being a Faculty Mentor?

Please complete the UWF Research Opportunities and Faculty Mentor Interest Form and OUR will reach out to you to begin the next steps.

Recruit Research Students

Project Awards (Cycle 3) deadline is Jan. 30

To apply, please complete the OUR Project Awards (Cycle 3) application by using the OUR program Application Portal.

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Apply Now for OUR Travel Awards

Awards are intended to support undergraduates presenting at in-person and virtual professional conferences. 

OUR Travel Awards Program

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