Founded in 2003, the Undergraduate Research Council (URC) provides leadership and direction for the UCF undergraduate research community. Members are (1) faculty representatives from academic departments or (2) staff from supporting offices.  This council is organized through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

The URC serves as a conduit of information to ensure that the campus community is aware of programs, opportunities, and updates pertinent to students and faculty engaged in undergraduate research activity. Members also serve a critical function by serving as reviewers for program applications and poster conferences

 We are committed to supporting these researchers across campus through these core goals:

  • Preparing timely programmatic updates to departmental representatives through 6 meetings per academic year
  • Offering leadership to advance equitable undergraduate research opportunities across campus
  • Guiding successful campus-wide implementation of undergraduate research programs and opportunities
  • Identifying needs and trends in undergraduate research across campus
  • Providing feedback on existing programs and proposed changes


The URC convenes three times each fall and spring semester to provide support and leadership to the University of Central Florida (UCF) undergraduate research community. The Council serves in an advisory role to the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research and UCF administration in matters of policy and procedure related to undergraduate research. The Council members also serve as ambassadors of undergraduate research in their home departments and units, ensuring that the campus community is informed of opportunities and updates.


2019-2020 Academic Year Representatives:

Ahlam Al-Rawi
Morgan Bauer
Joseph Brennan
Ratna Chakrabarti
Matt Chin
Padmini Coopamah Waldron
Melissa Dagley
Nicole Damico
Edward Dandrow
Damian Dechev
Karen Ehrhart
Nessette Falu
Kimberly Finley
Stephen Florczyk
Emily Flositz
Jason Ford
XiaoXiao Fu
Marcy Galbreath
Martha Garcia
Nora Lee Garcia
Mitzy Gonzalez
Enrique Guerra
Maria Harrington
Richard Harrison
Florencio Hernandez
Robert Jones
Joo Kim
Lanlan Kuang
Stephen Kuebler
Aubrey Kuperman
Matthew Matusiak
Abby Milon
Vicki Montoya
Cassie Odahowski
Harrison Oonge
Jonathan Powell
Tison Pugh
Andrew Randall
Debra Reinhart
LeeAnn Roberts
Joshua Roney
Swadeshmukul Santra
Kimberly Schneider
Steve Seay
Daniel Seigler
Jason Smith
Kenneth Teter
Natalia Toro
Jacqueline Towson
Anna Valdes
John Venecek
Peter Wallace
Linda Walters
Lei Wei
Tracy Wharton

The Student Undergraduate Research Council meets to discuss and promote the involvement of undergraduates in the ongoing activities of the UCF research community.

Cody Autrey

       Mentor: Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres
       Department: Chemistry

Jenna Dovydaitis

Mentor: Dr. Güneş Tezcür 
Department: Political Science

Gabriella Fernandez

Mentor: Dr. Mohtashem Samsam
Department: Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Lauren Houchin

Mentor: Dr. Steven Ebert
Department: Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Amy Lebanoff

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Dickerson
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Madison Manley

Mentor: Dr. Tania Roy
Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Angelica Powell

Mentor: Dr. Anne Bubriski
Department: Women’s and Gender Studies

Ashley Santana

Mentor: Dr. Kaitlyn Crawford
Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Irene Tanner

Mentor: Dr. Ulas Bagci
Department: Computer Science

Anudeep Udumula

Mentor: Dr. Judith Ortiz
Department: Health Sciences

Natalie Verdiguel

Mentor: Dr. Nichole Lighthall
Department: Psychology

Brittany Zengotita

Mentor: Dr. Mohtashem Samsam
Department: Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences