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Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS)

 SOARS 2020 statue flowers behind glasses    SOARS 2021 statue with nose ring

What is SOARS?

SOARS is an annual interdisciplinary conference in which UNF undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges showcase their research or creative projects to the public. In both its in-person and virtual modes, SOARS is a welcoming environment in which students can hone their research synopsis and presentation skills by demonstrating their work and interacting with peers, faculty, and various interested attendees. Student research projects may be in varying stages of development when they are exhibited at SOARS; projects well underway but not yet completed are always welcome. 

A prize for Undergraduate Researcher of the Year is awarded annually during SOARS. The award is intended to recognize an undergraduate researcher deemed to have been particularly outstanding in terms of dedication, persistence, work ethic, enthusiasm, and passion for research. The recipient of this award is a role model for other undergraduate student researchers. Students nominated as Undergraduate Researcher of the Year will be notified by email. Nominees will be asked to submit a two- three-page essay highlighting their research experiences, and a single-page essay describing the philosophies, qualities, and praxes which have made them a successful undergraduate researcher.

A prize for Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year is also awarded annually during SOARS. This award recognizes the most outstanding faculty member among many who have excelled in supporting, encouraging, and guiding their undergraduate student researchers. The recipient of the Mentor of the Year award exemplifies UNF's values in terms of teaching, researching, and service. Faculty members will be notified by email if they have been nominated as Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Nominees will be asked to submit an abbreviated CV highlighting their mentoring experiences (approximately 3 pages), and a single-page essay describing the philosophies, qualities, and praxes which have made them successful research mentors.

We encourage everyone from across the university, the broader Jacksonville community, and beyond to participate in the SOARS 2021 Virtual Conference on April 7, 2021