Undergraduate Research

Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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 or creative activities are possible for every discipline and major.

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Now Accepting Virtual Travel Applications - Share your research around the world

Apply for an OUR Virtual Travel Awards to receive funding (up to $400) to support undergraduate students presenting virtual research papers and posters at professional conferences. OUR will review student applications twice per month (1st and 16th of each month).


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Apply now for the OUR Explorers Program!

Accepting OUR Explorers applications Ocotber 9, 2020, to October 30, 2020. 

The OUR Explorers program is intended to spark interest in research and creative activities for undergraduate students with no previous research experience.

Explorers shadow multiple faculty members through their research activities and participate in professional development events.

This is a great way to network with faculty who are looking for new research students and to explore what research is possible on campus.


National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 12-14, 2021

Submit your NCUR 2021 abstract for the early decision deadline, November 1, 2020. 

Please review the OUR NCUR web page for instructions, funding information, and important deadlines.

All current undergraduate UWF students are encouraged and eligible to apply.


Project Award Applications are Now Open

OUR project award (cycle 2) applications accepted from October 5, 2020, to November 13, 2020

From the arts to the sciences, undergraduate students can apply for up to $500 (or $750 for a group project) to fund their creative or scholarly project. Awarded funds can be used to purchase materials such as chemicals or laboratory equipment; photocopies of research questionnaires; visual art supplies; travel to get to a field site, external library, archival facility; and other related project expenses.

To be eligible, student research must be mentored by a UWF faculty member. 

2020-2021 Application Deadlines:

October 2, 2020 (Cycle 1)

November 13, 2020 (Cycle 2)

February 5, 2021 (Cycle 3)

Download the Project Award Cycle 2 Fall 2020 (pdf)


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Get your credit, where your credit is due!

UWF students who have engaged in an undergradaute research project can now have this experience included on their official UWF transcript. To receive the transcript notation, research projects must meet criteria defined by OUR to designate this experience as a "High Impact" research experience and must apply through OUR. Additionally, these research projects must be mentored and endorsed by a UWF faculty member.

Apply Now for the Undergraduate Research Transcript Notation Request via the OUR Award Portal


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UWF to host 2022 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research has selected the University of West Florida in Pensacola to host the spring 2022 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). At this annual three-day event, more than 4,000 students present scholarly research, network with peers and faculty mentors and meet with graduate school and corporate recruiters.


OUR Explorers Program

Explore what research is possible at UWF

Applications due Oct. 30

OUR Virtual Travel Awards!

Present your work around the world!

Apply Now!

OUR Project Award!

Accepting project award applications now!

Applications Due Nov. 13

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