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Workshop: Finding Research Literature--November 18, 2009

A workshop entitled Finding Research Literature will be presented by the UCF Library on November 18, 2009 from 4 to 5:30 PM in Room 235C of the Library.

This workshop will give you the tools to write a strong literature review.  Students will  learn how to use the library databases to find literature related to their research project and get tips on how to  synthesize that work into a strong review.

For more information about any of this event, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at


Article posted: 11/06/2009

National Conference on Undergraduate Research--Abstracts due December 4, 2009

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. The annual gathering welcomes up to 2,600 scholars and their faculty mentors from all institutions of higher learning in the United States. NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement.

The 2010 NCUR will take place at the University of Nevada from April 15 to 17, 2010.

If you plan to make a presentation at the conference, the abstract must be submitted by December 4, 2009. 

For more information about the conference, go to:

or contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research at:

Article posted: 11/06/2009

Workshop: Getting Started with Undergraduate Research...November 17, 2009

Want to get involved in research? This workshop will discuss how to expand your academic experience through undergraduate research.

Date: November 17, 2009

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: SU 218 CD

For more information about this event, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at

Article posted: 11/06/2009

Virtual Reality Fires Up Research Efforts At UCF

Virtual reality is a hypothetical three-dimensional visual world created by a computer.

Virtual reality is widely used in video games and military training.  Can it make a difference in public safety and policy-making decisions?  Can it be used to solve complex environmental, medical, and social problems?  A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, aimed at interdisciplinary research, is helping UCF researchers find out.

The NSF grant is funding the Forest Fire Project.  Researchers from three seemingly unrelated disciplines-computer science, psychology, and economics-are involved.  They are: Dr. Charles Hughes, director of Media Convergence Laboratory; Dr. Stephen Fiore, director of UCFs Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at the Institute for Simulation and Training; and Dr. Elisabet Rutström, who specializes in experimental economics.

The aim of the project is to find out if a virtual reality presentation of wildfires might influence or motivate local residents to invest in wildfire protection, such as prescribed burns and other protective efforts.  For more information about virtual and mixed reality research at UCF, view the five minute video at:

Article posted: 11/06/2009

Travel Awards Available for Students Presenting Papers at Conferences

The Office of Undergraduate Research has travel awards for students planning to present their work at conferences, workshops or showcases. Up to $300 is offered for national travel and $450 for international travel. Groups may qualify for up to $1000. SGA also has $250 student awards.

Details can be found at

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you,

Kimberly R. Schneider, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Research Assistant Professor, Biology Department
University of Central Florida
Computer Center II, room 209
Orlando FL 32816-1906

Article posted: 11/05/2009