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Research, Writing, Presentations and Conferences

Getting Help with Research and Writing

A variety of resources are available to International Studies students seeking help with research and writing in all their coursework, and in particular as part of the International Studies Senior Research Seminar.


The Thomas G. Carpenter Library can assist in such areas as the following:

  • identifying and narrowing research topics,
  • developing and refining research questions,
  • finding and evaluating sources,
  • formatting citations,
  • using bibliographic management software,
  • designing research posters ,
  • locating and modifying images, and
  • addressing copyright concerns.

Librarians can provide assistance via telephone, online chat, email or through one-hour in-person research consultations. Make an appointment (at least 24 hours in advance) by clicking the "Research Consultation" button under "Students" on the menu.


The UNF Writing Center can help students at all stages of a writing project, including the following:

  • identifying and narrowing research topics,
  • developing and refining research questions,
  • taking notes,
  • using sources effectively,
  • preparing outlines and thesis statements, and
  • evaluating the strength of your arguments and your use of evidence.

Writing Center tutors are available to assist you in-person or via Skype. Make an appointment.


The professors who serve on the International Studies Advisory Committee, can also provide discipline-specific help with respect to research topics and project design. For assistance with research related to Francophone, Hispanic or Chinese cultures, contact PatriciaGeesey, chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and professor of French; ClaytonMcCarl, associate professor of Spanish; or Yongan Wu, associate professor of Chinese. The Office of Undergraduate Research can also assist students to identify faculty members with research interests similar to their own.

Presenting Your Work

The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you to present the results of your research. Their services include the following:

  • assistance in designing research posters,
  • printing of research posters for students at affordable rates,
  • help for students preparing oral presentations, and
  • guidance on effective use of presentation software.


The Office of Undergraduate Research can also help to identify conferences and other opportunities for you to share your research. For assistance, contact Kelsey Eagen, coordinator of the Office of Undergraduate Research (see also Student Opportunity Center below).


The following are some examples:

Held annually:

Held every semester

Student Opportunity Center

The Student Opportunity Center is an online tool to support undergraduate research, made available to UNF by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The following description was provided by Kelsey Eagen, coordinator of the Office of Undergraduate Research: "By creating an account with SOC, you will be able to see all available conferences, co-ops, REUs, internships, scholarships, and more, that are available nationwide in your discipline. Not only can you find these opportunities, this software allows you to set reminders for them, keep a list of items that are of interest to you, and even apply to these things directly on the website. This is truly an amazing software and is so easy to use - better yet, it's FREE for students and faculty! All you have to do is sign up at using your UNF email address. I encourage you to use this software at least weekly for opportunities that might be out there. If you find opportunities that involve travel or the like, remember that funding opportunities are available in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Gaining More Experience

The following are opportunities on campus for those looking to gain research experience and build their resumes: