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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 SPRING 2024 EVENTS

Library Research Party
Thursday, February 8 from 11am-1pm
Library, Room 2102

FURC 2024 
Friday, February 16-17

SOARS 2024
Friday, April 19

 

Congratulations to February Undergraduate Researcher of the Month, Austin Anderson!

austin standing in front of poster

Austin Anderson is a senior physics major who has been engaged in several research projects. Working with Dr. Brian Lane in the UNF Department of Physics, he led an investigation of how students learn to code, from which he has a first-author publication in the journal Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings and participated in an investigation of students’ experiences in an introductory physics course, the results of which were presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting and are published in Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. Austin also worked with Drs. Greg Wurtz and Chris Kelso in the UNF Department of Physics to develop techniques for supernova neutrino and dark matter detection, as well as plasmonic meta-materials with enhanced ultrafast optical properties that may have applications in the health industry, information technologies, energy production, and national defense. Most recently, Austin received a grant to participate in the Summer Opportunity for Learning About Research (SOLAR) program at UNF, through which he created multilayer nanoscale films and patches for testing plasmon forming conditions and optical properties of the deposited interface. In addition to these activities, Austin has been a physics supplemental instructor and physics and math tutor at UNF, and an instructor at the Mathnasium Learning Center in Jacksonville.  Austin presented his various research projects at on-campus symposia including SOARS 2023 and ARISE 2023, as well as the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) in Miami Springs, Florida in February 2023, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in April 2023.  He represented the UNF OUR at the 2024 Florida Undergraduate Research Leadership Summit (FURLS) held in Gainesville, Florida on February 2-3 and will present two posters at FURC 2024, at UNF on February 16-17.  Austin enjoys seeing the depth of the field of optics and physics and appreciates how much he still needs to learn to become a professional in the field.  Austin graduates this May and has accepted a fellowship to pursue a PhD at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, where he will study nano-optics and nanoscale new-age energy transport and management systems. He appreciates that “the efforts put forth into research and school have begun to pay back.”