Student Research Week Celebrates Up-and-coming Scholars

Student Research Week Celebrates Up-and-coming Scholars

Students present their original research during Student Research Week

Student Research Week is brimming with opportunities for students to fine-tune their research skills, pump up their CVs, and learn about the innovations and discoveries being made by their faculty and peers. The week-long event celebrates the original and creative work by UCF undergraduate and graduate students in addition to offering valuable professional development workshops and a fascinating kick-off seminar.

Just in time for students presenting at the upcoming Graduate Research Forum or Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Dr. Tim Brown of the Nicholson School of Communication will be instructing students on how to communicate their projects to a variety of audiences in the Workshop: Communicating Your Research.  Those entering or already engrossed in a graduate program will find that school is expensive, and so is research.  Two workshops offered during Student Research Week will help students finance their academic pursuits.  Students can learn about fellowships, scholarships, and grants at the Workshop: National and International Scholarships and Fellowships.  At the Workshop: Grant Writing – Understanding the Review Process, students can learn how to avoid common proposal mistakes and develop strategies for strong, competitive research proposals.  These are just a few of the invaluable workshops offered during the week.

During the week, students interested in our graduate programs have the unique opportunity to pick the brains of those who have been there at the Panel Discussion: Planning for Success in Graduate School. At this discussion, students can find out everything they ever wanted to know about graduate school but didn’t know who to ask.  Graduate students and faculty from a variety of disciplines will discuss their experiences and advice for everything from identifying programs and navigating the admissions process to their personal tips and tricks for success throughout graduate school.

Two major celebrations of student research will be held during the week.  At the Graduate Research Forum, more than 250 students will present their research in poster display form in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The event is open to everyone and a great opportunity to learn about the developments being made in a variety of fields. At the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, also in the Pegasus Ballroom, undergraduate students have their opportunity to share original research with the public. The poster-based forum provides students from all areas of study an opportunity to present their work to the university community, and invites individuals not yet engaged in research to learn how fellow students have developed their projects.

Students, faculty, and the UCF community are invited to attend these free workshops and discussions, and are encouraged to come out to support those presenting at the Graduate Research Forum and the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.  For a full list and description of all Student Research Week events, visit www.ResearchWeek.ucf.edu.