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For an overview of undergraduate research programs at UCF, view the summary chart


EXCEL Program
The EXCEL program increases student success in the freshman and sophomore science and mathematics courses through the establishment of learning communities—creating connections among students, faculty, and the disciplines. The EXCEL program enhances the traditional undergraduate majors by solidifying students’ foundation in the calculus and science courses that are required in technical majors.


Honors in the Major (HIM) Program
The Burnett Honors College hosts the Honors in the Major Program, which assists juniors and seniors to develop their own independent research project under the direction of a thesis advisor and faculty thesis committee. Students do not need to be Honors students to take advantage of the HIM program; it is available to all qualified UCF students. After a two semester sequence (i.e. readings and thesis hours), this project culminates in a successful oral defense and binding of the HIM thesis which is then catalogued and archived in UCF's library and the Burnett Honors College Reading Room.


McNair Scholars Program
McNair prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are either first-generation college students and low-income as defined by federal guidelines or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate school.


Office of Research and Commercialization
The Office of Research & Commercialization supports undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Research Initiative. This program is designed to increase the involvement of undergraduate students in research and encourage them to pursue graduate-level research and study.


Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)
The Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) is designed to provide research experience working closely with a faculty mentor for students who are interested in pursuing graduate education. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to attend graduate school.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at UCF
UCF hosts several REU experiences open to undergraduate students across the nation. The programs are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and participants spend the summer engaged in research. 


Burnett Research Scholars (BRS)
Burnett Research Scholars is UCF’s premier undergraduate research program to help students identify and work with faculty mentors in a research area of shared interest, and then to assist student-mentor teams with project funding. In order to be a Burnett Research Scholar, students must submit a grant application, have at least two semesters left before graduation, and be selected to receive funding.


Summer Research Academy (SRA)
Each summer the Office of Undergraduate Research sponsors the Summer Research Academy (SRA) for two and a half days, during which undergraduate students from UCF and incoming transfer students from community colleges meet with research faculty and other students active in research at UCF to learn about research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UCF. For work completed before, during, and after the academy, students receive one summer credit and free housing (if needed) during the academy