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Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS)

What is SOARS?

SOARS is an annual interdisciplinary conference in which UNF undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges showcase their research or creative projects. Research projects are usually presented in poster format, but we are open to working with students who would like to present in multimedia formats. SOARS is a welcoming environment for students to refine their presentation skills through interaction with peers and faculty as they explain their work, which may be in varying stages of development.

 

We encourage everyone from across the university and the broader Jacksonville community to attend SOARS. No registration is necessary for attendees who are not presenting.

SOARS 2020 

SOARS 2020 will be held from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the UNF Student Union West, Third Floor, Ballrooms A-D

 

To present your research or creative project at SOARS, you must submit an abstract. The SOARS abstract submission portal is now open. Abstract submissions will be accepted until Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Information for SOARS Presenters 

General procedures

By mid-March, you will be notified by email as to which of four poster sessions you are assigned. Please arrive at the registration table in the 3rd floor lobby at least 20 minutes before the start of your session to check-in and receive a name tag. Bring your rolled-up poster with you. A poster board and attachment accouterments will be provided. In the break before your session, you will attach your poster to an assigned, numbered easel. Poster sessions are 55 minutes long; please remain by your poster for the entire time. Moderators will notify you five minutes before the session ends and will then announce the end of the session.

Printing your research poster

Posters should measure 36" high by 48" wide. Other sizes will not fit the poster boards provided. The OUR prints posters at a discounted rate of $.54 per linear inch, measured according to the longest side. Detailed information about printing through the OUR is available on the website under Poster Printing. Please read all instructions very carefully! HINT 1: "Quantity" is the number of inches of the longest side (i.e., 48). HINT 2: Send your pre-paid poster to OUR@unf.edu as a PPT or PPTX, not as a PDF.

 

Posters to be printed by the OUR must be paid for and received via email no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. Printing services are also provided by the UPS store, Office Depot, Staples, and other vendors. 

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year

A prize for Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year is awarded annually during SOARS. This award recognizes the most outstanding faculty mentor among many who have excelled in supporting, encouraging, and guiding their undergraduate student researchers. The recipient of the Mentor of the Year award exemplifies UNF's values in terms of teaching, researching, and service.

 

Faculty members will be notified by email if they have been nominated as Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Nominees will be asked to submit an abbreviated, three-page CV highlighting their mentoring experiences, and a single-page essay describing the philosophies, qualities, and praxes which have made them successful research mentors.

 

Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year 

A prize for Undergraduate Researcher of the Year is also awarded annually during SOARS. The award is intended to recognize an undergraduate researcher deemed to have been particularly outstanding in terms of dedication, persistence, work ethic, enthusiasm, and passion for research. The recipient of this award is a role model for other undergraduate student researchers.

 

Students nominated as Undergraduate Researcher of the Year will be notified by email. Nominees will be asked to submit a three-page essay or CV highlighting their research experiences, and a single-page essay describing the philosophies, qualities, and praxes which have made them a successful undergraduate researcher.

 

Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

For questions, please contact OUR@unf.edu.