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Office of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research


Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Research

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 
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.  

Congratulations to September Undergraduate Researcher of the Month, Alex Bartkowiak!

alex standing by his research board at a conference

Alex Bartkowiak is a senior studying Molecular/Cell Biology and Biotechnology in BiologyHe is the head undergraduate researcher for a neuropharmacology pilot program in the laboratory of Dr. Marie Mooney, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology Alex uses a bioinformatics pipeline to decipher large transcriptomic data sets from neurons isolated from zebrafish exposed to neuroactive compounds like Ivermectin and Gaboxadol.  His passion and excitement for science is recognized and praised by his research mentor and appreciated by his peers in the lab, who see him as a role-model. Alex has always loved science, which motivated him to compete in regional and state science fairs in middle and high school and to work in a research lab before advancing to college. As an undergraduate student, Alex has presented his work at the Posters at the Capitol event hosted by the Florida Undergraduate Research Association, the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), and the Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS). After graduation, Alex plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. This accomplished young scientist intends to pursue a graduate degree, “with the ultimate goal of being able to give students the same opportunities that I had.” 

Upcoming OUR Events:

Performing a Lit Search

Wednesday, September 28, from 12pm - 1pm
Building 12 (Thomas G. Carpenter Library), Room 2102A

Building Your Academic Portfolio

Tuesday, October 4, from 11am - 12pm
Building 4, Room 1704

Library Research Party 

Tuesday, October 4, from 11am - 1pm
Building 12 (Thomas G. Carpenter Library), Room 2102A, 2102 B

Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Awards Info Session

Tuesday, October 12, from 12pm - 1pm
Building 12 (Thomas G. Carpenter Library), Room 2102A

Writing a Personal Statement 

Thursday, October 27, from 11am - 12pm
Building 39, Room 1002

What Are You Doing Next Summer? 

Thursday, November 3, from 12pm - 1pm
Building 12 (Thomas G. Carpenter Library), Room 2102A