OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
My own undergraduate research experience was a turning point for me. For the first time I understood that learning could be truly active and transferrable to other situations and that I could and should take responsibility for creating knowledge and answering real questions. Along with those realizations came many other habits of mind. Each has served me well in all aspects of my life and career...
MaryAnn Baenninger (COEUR, 1)
Welcome to the 2021-2022 Academic Year, Ospreys!
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of North Florida (UNF) is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours, or email us anytime at OUR@unf.edu.
The OUR provides services and support to UNF undergraduates who are interested in conducting research or creative research projects in any discipline and across all colleges, departments, and majors. Studies and experience show that actively engaging in undergraduate research or special projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor will expand your intellect, strengthen your resume or curriculum vitae (CV), and enhance your marketable skills. Research projects in your field often can be designed or reframed to accommodate a need for remote work. And the best part is -- research is fun!
Meanwhile, whether you're researching or not, we encourage everyone to get a COVID vaccine!
What is undergraduate research?
Research is the methodical process of inquiry, investigation according to the field, and production of knowledge. The knowledge produced is delivered in various ways: as a research paper, research poster, or research presentation, for example, or in a creative multimedia form such as a digital website, video or documentary, podcast, musical composition, or work of art. At the undergraduate and graduate levels, research is always overseen by a subject matter expert -- a faculty mentor. For a more detailed explanation, please see "Definitions" in the drop down menu under Research Assessments.
Professors, researchers, and other education professionals understand the high-impact value in guiding undergraduate students through the process of focused inquiry; understanding of the existing scholarly or creative work relative to that inquiry; systematic primary investigation; and demonstration of evidence-based results. Engagement in faculty-mentored undergraduate research can positively transform a student's college experience and life beyond.
The OUR specializes in helping students prepare for, identify, and pursue opportunities to work with faculty mentors on research and creative projects. In addition, we offer travel, conference, research, and creative and special project scholarship grants, as well as consultations, workshops, and poster conference opportunities, including SOARS.
On July 31, 2020, the OUR debuted a new online research journal -- PANDION: The Osprey Journal of Research and Ideas. PANDION is yet another way UNF students can showcase their outstanding research and creative projects.