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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 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email us anytime at OUR@unf.edu. 
 
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.

OUR SUMMER 2024 EVENTS

Writing an Abstract for a Conference Presentation 
Friday, June 21 – 1 p.m.  
Building 4, Room 1703 

Dive into Research 
Thursday, July 11 - 1 p.m. 
Building 2, Room 2010

Designing an Effective Conference Poster 
Friday, July 12 – 1 p.m. 
Building 4, Room 1703 

ARISE Abstract Submission Deadline
Sunday, July 14 

ARISE
Friday, July 26 

Congratulations to the June Undergraduate Researcher of the Month, Florianne Silva!   

florianne-urom-june-2024.jpegFlorianne Silva is a senior health sciences major with a concentration in kinesiology who has been working with Dr. Lindsay Toth in the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences for the past two years. According to Dr. Toth, she first met Florianne at an academic advising session for freshman and sophomore students interested in UNF’s Kinesiology program, where Florianne, a sophomore at the time, demonstrated an immediate interest and passion for participating in undergraduate research. Despite not being accepted to the Kinesiology program yet and it typically not being customary for students to begin their projects before joining the program, Florianne had already written the literature review and methods section for her intended project, which convinced Dr. Toth to take on Florianne as an undergraduate researcher. In Dr. Toth’s words, she has “not met a sophomore who was as prepared, intrinsically motivated, and genuinely interested in research to the extent that Florianne demonstrated.” In the two years that Florianne has worked with Dr. Toth, she has successfully completed her own project analyzing performance variables between taekwondo athletes wearing electronic sparring gear and is currently preparing a manuscript with the goal of publishing in an academic journal. Florianne has been accepted to present her project’s findings at the 2024 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Annual Meeting, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference. In addition to her research with Dr. Toth, Florianne has also co-authored a paper on wearables for youth athletes with one of her research mentors from the Mayo Clinic. After she graduates this August, Florianne plans to pursue a PhD and continue her focus on martial arts research. Florianne’s advice to others wishing to get research experience is to “keep searching for someone who wants to do the research you want. If it means finding your people in a different state, or even country, it's worth the effort! There's so much you can learn about your research interests and the people who work in those environments simply by looking for them in places you'd never expect.”

The Importance of Undergraduate Research

In this First Coast Connect clip, Anne Schindler joined by Dr. Judy Ochrietor, Director of UNF's Office of Undergraduate Research, and Alex Bartkowiak, a UNF Biology major and student researcher who's currently interning doing an internship with Mayo Clinic, discuss the importance of research.

2024 Undergraduate Mentor of the Year

Dr.  John Hatle posing with his award and two studentsCongratulations to Dr. John Hatle, Professor of Biology at the University of North Florida, on being named the 2024 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year! Haley Peters, the student who nominated him wrote “Dr. Hatle has a true passion for student success which is demonstrated through his clear effort in aligning research projects with students’ interests. Each individual experience under Dr. Hatle is unique but shares a common characteristic of being supported by a mentor who has an earnest interest in your development as a student." Dr. Hatle's award was presented as part of the 2024 Showcase of Osprey Achievements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), held on Friday, April 19 at the Herbert University Center on the UNF campus. 

Congratulations Dr. John Hatle on this impressive achievement!

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