Frequently Asked Questions

You have the questions, we have the answers.


Can first year students participate in undergraduate research?

Yes! There are plenty of opportunities to participate in research, especially through the OUR Explorers program. OUR also hosts information sessions on "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" several times each semester. Any student with any level of research experience is welcome to attend. Volunteering time to help clean a lab or researching articles can be great ways to learn the basics of research and make valuable connections with possible research mentors. 

What are the requirements of students who receive an OUR Award?

In additional to completing a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, OUR Project Award recipients are also required to do the following: 

  • Support the Mission, Vision, and Values and Goals of the University of West Florida 
  • Participate in the Student Scholars Symposium at the end of the spring semester 
  • Complete a program evaluation survey at the end of the spring semester 
  • Act as ambassadors to the OUR program and speak to at least one approved campus event about their research experience at UWF. Campus events include classes (especially introductory level courses), campus tour groups, or other campus events. 
I am a faculty member. How can I find students to assist with my research?

If you are interested in OUR recruiting students for your research, please complete the form: Faculty Mentor Interest Form 

Wait. Isn't research only a "science thing?"

Absolutely not! Research is important and vital across all academic areas including communications, tourism, and business to name a few. Research doesn't always have to take place in a laboratory with beakers or burners. 

Can I get academic credit for my research?

Absolutely! Students can enroll for research credit hours. Talk to your faculty mentor or department's academic adviser to get more information and find out what the course name and number is for your department.

Also, review the Transcript Notation opportunity to receive credit for research.

Where is OUR? How should I contact OUR?

The Office of Undergraduate Research is located in building 4, room 408. Please e-mail our@uwf.edu or call 850.474.2298. 

What research opportunities are available during the summer?
  1. The College of Science and Engineering offers student stipends for students in this department working on summer research projects through their Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). OUR supports this program by providing professional development workshops for SURP students. Applications for this program are typically available early in the spring semester- talk with your faculty mentor if you are interested in applying. 
  2. There are many off campus research opportunities available throughout the country. OUR is happy to offer assistance searching for opportunities tailored to your discipline, financial, or geographical interests/needs. Be sure to check out the Nearby Conferences page for a current listing of nearby opportunities. Please contact OUR at our@uwf.edu or 850.474.2298 to schedule an appointment with our staff.