Graduate Student - Angel Kalafatis presenting at SOARS 2017
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Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS)


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What is SOARS?

The Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) is a university-wide conference that allows for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff to present their research or creative projects. SOARS is a welcoming environment for undergraduates to begin practicing their presentation skills in front of their fellow peers and faculty. SOARS is interdisciplinary, so all students from all colleges are welcome to present. SOARS consists of poster presentations for undergraduate and graduate students (55 minutes in length).


All university members and community members are welcome to attend SOARS. If you are presenting or are a faculty, staff, or administrator of UNF then we welcome you to join us for lunch. For those not presenting, there will be refreshments in the lobby. If you are planning to attend but not present, you do not have to register. 



The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) recently hosted the Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) 2017. Click here for photos from SOARS. Winners from SOARS 2017 are as follows:
  • Mentor of the Year: Stephen Stagon
  • Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: Vincent Volante
  • Post-Baccalaureate Researcher of the Year: Charles Fitzsimmons
  • Poster scholarship awards:
    • Monica St. George, Psychology
    • Veronica Hall, Psychology
    • Kai Lister, Chemistry
    • Ricder Ricardo, Art and Design
    • Trevor Kennedy, Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Andrew Faus, Biology
    • Vincent Volante and Morsal Osmani, Biology


SOARS 2017 testimonies


"Everyone I've met associated with the OUR has been so supportive and had such a positive energy, that had the greatest effect on my SOARS experience. "


"The graduate fair was awesome and super informative and a great addition! Love the awards, gives some kind of motivation to the students and can give a good opportunity for additions to the CV. "


"The poster awards are a great encouragement for students from different fields to present their work ar SOARS."

"Very good experience for undergraduate research presentation."

"The experience was valuable due to the variety of research and research methods presented. The graduate studies tables were very informative and staffed by knowledgeable people."


"Everything was very good. The experience was awesome!"

"Great event, learned a lot and enjoyed my time immensely."

"SOARS 2017 was the perfect way to finish off my undergraduate research career. It was very organized and perfectly executed. Overall, it was a very amazing experience, and I have no doubt many students left feeling very inspired by the amount of research that goes on at UNF."

"[....] The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at SOARS and hope to present again next year! I also really liked seeing the pictures taken of me that were posted on Facebook :)"