Conference Grants 

 The Office of Undergraduate Research is not funding Conference Grants in the Spring 2018 semester. Conference grants applications will be open again in late Summer 2018.


The Office of Undergraduate Research provides grants to assist both students and faculty with research conducted at UNF. Conference Grants are based on financial need and can provide up to $750 of support. Funds from an OUR conference grant can only be used to present research that was conducted at UNF during a student's undergraduate career. Students can receive one Conference Grant per academic year and faculty can be associated with two Conference Grants per academic year. To help us meet the needs of as many undergraduates as possible, please make every attempt to be cost effective when making travel arrangements. 


Conference funding for individual students are as follows: 

  • Regional - up to $250
  • National - up to $500
  • International - up to $750

Conference funding for groups of students (2 or more students) are as follows: 

  • Up to $1,000 for regional, national, and international  

Click here to apply for an individual Conference Grant.


Click here to apply for a group Conference Grant.


Click here for the Conference Grant rubric. 

Student eligibility 

For students to be eligible to receive a Conference Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research, they must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be full-time, degree-seeking student
  • Student must submit a copy of their unofficial transcript with their application.
  • Student must have at least a 2.5 GPA  
  • Students must present at the conference to receive funding
  • Students must be accepted to present at the conference before submitting the grant application
  • Grant applications must be received at least four (4) weeks prior to the conference
  • Student must be working with a committed faculty member 
  • Project cannot be a class project
  • Students must present at Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) 
  • Students receiving $500 or more must present the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)
  • Students must agree to submit a record of spending no later than 2 weeks after the conference
  • Students must agree to complete a post award survey no later than 2 weeks after the conference
  • Students cannot use funds from a Conference Grant to attend FURC
  • Preference will be given to students completing an undergraduate thesis
  • Preference will be given to students not currently receiving funding from other sources (e.g., previous OUR grants, faculty mentor funding)

Students who fail to meet one or more of these requirements will be ineligible to receive the grant. Students who do not present at SOARS or submit record of spending and/or post award surveys will be ineligible to receive funding from OUR for the remainder of their time at UNF. 


Student testimonies 


"Attending this conference allowed me to network with graduate students, professors, and professionals in [my] field. This networking allowed me to ask questions that I otherwise my not have thought to ask in a classroom setting. I was invited to visit the lab of a Michigan State University graduate research lab by the graduate professor. I will do this over winter break as he said he will be there. This is another opportunity which came from attending this conference.. Thank you very much for providing opportunities like this to our students. Without your services I would not have been able to attend. I will carry all of the knowledge I gathered there into the future. Thank you again!"


"Dictating my research to other scholars helped give me confidence in my knowledge and my findings. Moreover, the networking experience was enriching, and the availability of new, relevant information encouraged me to continue pursuing research!"


"The conference was very inspirational, and it rekindled my fire for my area of study, […]. Seeing all of the researchers at the conference and their passion for science was a reminder to me to love what I do and what I plan on doing as a career. I also learned a great deal about the vast number of breakthrough research that was being conducted by institutions around the world. It made me appreciate just how far human society has come and how far we must still go with regards to the field of […]."


"It was an eye opening experience being exposed to so many different types of people in all fields and stages of their career and education. I loved learning about so many different types of research being conducted, as well as sharing my own research to others. It has motivated me to keep striving towards my goals in life!"


"I had an opportunity to network with professionals who I will likely work with in the future. As an undergraduate, it was a unique opportunity to see what several years of graduate research will look like. I really feel that attending the conference benefited me in selecting a graduate program, learning to network effectively, and understanding the context of my work in the body of existing research."


"I learned a tremendous amount about how my involvement in research at UNF fits into a national setting. Also, I was able to expose myself to new research, familiarize myself with recent guidelines that dictate practice in my field, and network on a national level. The concert also allowed me to meet individuals from other graduate schools that greatly influenced my graduate school decision. Without the conference, I would have never met these individuals, or if I had, it would have been in an interview instead of real-world setting."