How to Get Started?

Want to learn more about becoming an undergraduate researcher? Not sure how to find a faculty member to work with on a research project? Nervous about contacting a faculty member about research? Confused about which programs you qualify for to support your research experience? Getting started can be overwhelming.

First, you will need to find a faculty member here at UCF who would like to work with you on research or creative work. Next, you can begin exploring various programs, funding, awards, and presentation or publication opportunities. We are here to help with these steps!

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides three resources to students to help them get involved in research.

  • Peer Mentor Advising Hours

    Meet with an experienced undergraduate researcher to learn more. Peer Mentors provide individualized guidance during their walk-in hours and during appointments. Their office hours are listed here:


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


9 – 11 a.m.

9 – 11 a.m.   9 – 11 a.m. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (by appt.)

1 – 3 p.m.

1 – 4 p.m.
(by appt.)
4 – 6 p.m.
(by appt.)

1 – 3 p.m.

You can make an appointment by following the links.

  • How to: Get Started in Undergraduate Research (Workshop)

    This workshop is led by an OUR staff member and covers how to find a faculty member to work with and the first steps on getting started in research. See our calendar to find the next workshop date or contact

  • Summer Research Academy

    The Summer Research Academy is a three day course-event, designed to help current undergraduate students and incoming transfer students begin their research experiences here at UCF.