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APRIL 6 - APRIL 9, 2021

 2021 VIRTUAL STARS - Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium


Join us for the 12th Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS). STARS is a showcase of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) highlighting the work of faculty and staff across all disciplines within the University community. This year, STARS is virtual featuring Research NOW chats, a poster competition, and an awards ceremony.


At STARS, we celebrate UNF stars! You will be amazed to see the research and scholarly excellence at the University of North Florida. Don’t miss this informative and exciting symposium. All STARS events are free to the UNF community, but preregistration is requested.


RESEARCH NOW: Moving Your Research Forward with GrantForward

Tuesday, April 6, 2021                                                                                                 3 - 4 p.m.

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Do you wonder how to find funding opportunities that are an exact match for your research or how to find the perfect grant opportunity to move your research forward? Learn from the experts!   Representatives from GrantForward will provide valuable and insightful information on how to navigate through one of the world’s largest research opportunities database. This session will provide some impactful information to prevent you from wasting time sifting through grants that aren’t relevant to your research and provide grants that are perfect for you.


RESEARCH NOW: It’s A New Thing

Thursday, April 8, 2021                                                                                             9 - 10 a.m.

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There are some new, exciting, and innovating things happening in ORSP. Join us as we share with you the new proposal budget template, plans for PIs, chairs, and deans to generate their own reports for all proposals and awards submitted through ORSP, new IRB forms, new IACUC health assessments, upcoming federal initiatives, and much more. This session is guaranteed to enhance your research experience and expose you to new ideas in research.


Friday, April 9, 2021                                                                                        9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


All UNF tenured and junior faculty are invited to submit a poster for the 2021 STARS Faculty Research Poster Competition. There will be two categories of awards presented for this year’s poster competition: 1) Tenured Faculty and 2) Junior Tenure-Track Faculty. For each category, there will be a Faculty and Staff Choice Award in which $3,000 will be presented to the winner voted by UNF faculty and staff.  There will also be a Student Choice Award in which $1,000 will be presented to one winner across both categories voted by UNF students. All awards will be presented during the STARS Awards Ceremony.

Poster Viewing                                                                                                 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Live Discussions with Poster Presenters                                                           noon – 1 p.m.

Poster Voting                                                                                                    9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Friday, April 9, 2021                                                                                                      3 - 4 p.m.

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The STARS Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony is the culmination of the STARS events. This ceremony recognizes faculty and staff who have been engaged in sponsored research and scholarly activities during the fiscal year. The ceremony also pays tribute to faculty and staff who play a vital role in our University’s research enterprise. During the ceremony, the STARS Faculty Research Poster Competition winners will be announced.