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April 25–29, 2022

About Research Week

Research Week is a university-wide celebration of research, creativity, and innovation across all disciplines at the University of North Florida. At UNF, Research Week consists of showcases, workshops, award ceremonies, symposia, and other events designed to showcase the prestigious research being conducted by UNF students, faculty, and staff. All members of the University of North Florida and members of the northeast Florida community are invited to join us as we celebrate the many contributions of the university community to advancements in knowledge, teaching, and creativity.


Schedule of Events

April 25




April 26

Africana Studies, Digital Humanities, and Applied Interdisciplinarity at UNF

10–11:30 AM

Co-organized by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, the Africana Studies Program, and the Digital Humanities Institute, this roundtable will examine several digital projects at UNF that relate to the African American history of North Florida, as well as the African Diaspora more broadly.


MSERF Open House Showcase of Research Equipment

11 AM–noon

Skinner-Jones Hall, Building 4

As part of Research Week, the Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF) and Media Relations will host an open house to showcase some of the innovative high-tech equipment and pioneering research initiatives taking place at the University in the areas of biology, materials science and advanced manufacturing. UNF faculty and local media are invited to hear Dr. Paul Eason, MSERF director, discussing recent developments and UNF faculty and students demonstrating three interdisciplinary research projects utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. .


Research NOW: No More Paper... Cayuse is Here!

3–4 PM

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No more paper forms, emails for internal approvals, or e-routing proposal packets via email. ORSP has purchased Cayuse, a cloud-based solution that will track externally sponsored proposal and award activity, provide for streamlined internal routing and approval of proposals, facilitate submission to sponsor systems, and store proposal and award information. With Cayuse, you can review and confirm the proposal is ready for submission, as well as review information at the award stage. There is also a PI portal to track and project expenditures, view year-to-date balances, create award and proposal reports, and much more. Take a peek and learn about the new and upcoming grants management system of record at UNF.


April 27

Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS)

Goes live at 9 AM


SOARS Awards Ceremony featuring the Terry Presidential Professorship Lecture

12:00–1:30 PM

John A. Delaney Student Union W Ballroom 3703A-3703D

The University of North Florida's Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to co-sponsor the Presidential Professorship Lecture with the Office of Faculty Enhancement and Graduate School on Wednesday, April 27. The lecture will begin at 12:30 PM in the John A. Delaney Student Union W Ballroom (3703A-3703D). The 2019-2022 Terry Presidential Professorship recipient is Dr. Cliff Ross, Chair and Professor of Biology, who will deliver the lecture, "Environmental Health Perspectives: Assessing Marine Ecosystem Integrity through Integrative Biology." An awards ceremony recognizing the Undergraduate Researcher of the Year, the Graduate Researcher of the Year, the Undergraduate Mentor of the Year, the Graduate Mentor of the Year, and Honorable Mention and Project of Merit awards will follow the lecture.


April 28

Research NOW: What Do Grant Reviewers Really Want?

9–10 AM

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What are the characteristics of a good research proposal? What are common mistakes made by UNF faculty and staff when submitting proposals? Why didn’t I get funded? Join us as we discuss these questions, and more, as we share peer reviewer comments from various proposals submitted by UNF faculty to sponsoring agencies. Learn strategies for improving the overall quality of your proposals, resubmission techniques, analyzing reviewers’ feedback, and the best approaches for submitting competitive proposals to sponsoring agencies.


OFE: Increase Impact and Awareness of Your Research Work

1–2 PM

Did you know UNF’s Public Relations department wants to partner with us in sharing research news and increasing awareness internally and externally? Join us to hear about a few success stories and how you can partner with our PR colleagues.

Presenters: Ginny Walthour & Amanda Ennis


Showcase of Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity

2:30–4 PM

Thomas G. Carpenter Library, 2102A-B

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s Showcase of Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity is dedicated to the presentation of faculty scholarly and creative activities, including books, journal articles, artwork, performances, and more. The Showcase features faculty from a range of disciplines, celebrating their advancements in knowledge, teaching, and creativity. The goal of the Showcase is to expose the university community to the breadth of faculty research and increase student awareness of the importance of these endeavors.


April 29

STARS Poster Competition

9 AM–1:30 PM

Noon–1 PM: Live Discussions with Poster Presenters


STARS Faculty & Staff Reception and Awards Ceremony

3–4 PM

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