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.)
3 – 5 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

  • Research Roadmaps (Webcourse)

    The online Research Roadmaps Webcourse is a non-credit, self-paced course that introduces students to research opportunities at UCF. The modules will support you in the crucial first steps of conducting research as an undergraduate through explaining the process and providing you with feedback. Follow this link to apply to the webcourse.

  • Summer Research Academy

    The Summer Research Academy (SRA) is a three day course-event, designed to help current undergraduate students and incoming transfer students begin their research experiences here at UCF. NOTE: For Summer 2020, Summer Research Academy has been moved to an online format during Summer B as a 6 week INTRO course. See information about the course and apply below:

  • Introduction to Research Opportunities

    The Introduction to Research and Creative Scholarship Opportunities (INTRO) is a one semester program that helps students learn about research and creative scholarship through a one-credit Introduction to Research course, and supports them as they move into research opportunities