Introduction to Research Courses

Introduction to Research (and Creative Scholarship) Opportunities (I.N.T.R.O.)

This two-semester program is designed to introduce students from all disciplines to academic research and creative scholarship in their discipline. The first semester, students take a 1 credit Introduction to Research course.  If students choose to continue into research and creative scholarship after completing the course, students will participate in another semester of  programming (I.N.T.R.O. – 2)  as they work with/look for a faculty mentor and begin their research journeys. This programming includes workshops, seminars, peer support, and one-on-one faculty advising.

In Fall 2019, two sections of the I.N.T.R.O. course will be offered at the UCF main campus, Trevor Colbourn Hall, Room 103. Students must attend one of the class days/times listed below:

  • Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.
  • Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:15 pm.

The I.N.T.R.O. Program application for the Fall 2019 course will be open on March 1, 2019.

The priority deadline for applications is May 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

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Summer Research Academy (SRA)

Each summer, UCF hosts some of our brightest rising sophomores, juniors, and incoming transfer students for three days, during which SRA Scholars will:

  • Learn about the nature of university research and how research can expand your undergraduate experience
  • Meet with research faculty and other students active in research at UCF
  • Explore research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UCF
  • Earn one credit hour for work accomplished as an SRA scholar

Whether your interests lie in the humanities, the physical and applied sciences, engineering, the social sciences, or business, the Summer Research Academy (SRA) has something to offer you. This is a pre-research course that will introduce participants to academic research.

SRA is a three day event, held in July at the UCF Main Campus. This year, the event will be held on July 18-20.

Typically, the event runs from Thursday to Saturday at the following times:

(2 – 8 p.m.)
(9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
(9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • What is Academic Research
  • How to Get Started
  • Communicating Research
  • Site Visits/Lab Tours
  • Meet Student Researchers: Poster Showcase
  • Preparing for Graduate School
  • Research Ethics
  • Creating a Portfolio

Credit for the course will be waived and housing (if needed) will be provided FREE to all SRA Scholars.

Applications are due on May 31, 2019

Applications will open in Marych 2019.

Student participants must:

  • Attend all three days of the course-event
  • Complete the Academy assignments online
  • Fulfill all requirements set forth in the Policy on Participation, including passing the class (which is graded pass/fail)

Eligibility Information

Current Students Transfer Students
Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are usually eligible if they meet the following criteria: The Office of Undergraduate Research welcomes applications for the UCF SRA from students who meet the following criteria:
  • No applicants should be graduating before the Spring after SRA
  • Have at least 24 credits and no more than 100 credits by the end of the Spring semester before participating in SRA
  • Have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Not currently involved in undergraduate research
  • Will have earned their Associate’s degree by the end of the Summer in which they participate in SRA
  • Admitted to UCF as a transfer for the Fall semester following SRA OR the summer in which they participate in SRA
  • Transferred to UCF between within a year of the Spring semester before SRA
  • Carry a minimum 3.0 GPA in their community college coursework

For Current Researchers: Be a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors serve as a resource, mentor, and guide to participants during the Summer Research Academy. This is a paid position, and they must commit to attending the entire course-event, as well as several other dates for training. These dates will be published when the applications are open.

2018 Summer Research Academy Peer Mentors

To be considered for a position as a Summer Research Academy Peer Mentor, students must:

  • Be currently engaged in research
  • Be a current UCF undergraduate, or a recent graduate with extensive research experience
  • Be available for the entire duration of the event  (July 26, 27, and 28) and the following additional dates:
    • July 13th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • August 6: 12 – 5 p.m.

Currently conducting research? Please fill out the Peer Mentor Application.

For Faculty: Site Visits

Each year, faculty members are invited to host site visits during Day 2 of the Summer Research Academy.  During these site visits, students have the opportunity to meet with faculty and current researchers to learn about their research.  Students tour labs, research/creative sites, or simply meet in departments thematically aligned with their majors.  These visits are the highlight of the three days and are meant to be casual.  Besides being fun and engaging for both faculty and students, this is also great opportunity for faculty to recruit undergraduate researchers.  Faculty, graduate students, and/or undergraduate researchers can host these visits.

Interested?  Please fill out the Site Visit Sign-Up.