OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
My own undergraduate research experience was a turning point for me. For the first time I understood that learning could be truly active and transferrable to other situations and that I could and should take responsibility for creating knowledge and answering real questions. Along with those realizations came many other habits of mind. Each has served me well in all aspects of my life and career...
MaryAnn Baenninger (COEUR, 1)
Welcome to Spring Semester of academic year 2019-2020!
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides services and support to UNF undergraduates in all colleges, departments, and majors who are interested in research and creative projects. Studies and experience show that engaging in research or special projects as an undergraduate expands the intellect, strengthens a student's resume or curriculum vitae (CV), and enhances marketable skills. And research is fun!
What is undergraduate research?
Research is the methodical process of inquiry, investigation according to the field, and production of knowledge. The knowledge produced is delivered in various ways: as a research paper, research poster, or research presentation, for example, or in a creative multimedia form such as a digital website, video or documentary, podcast, musical composition, or work of art. At the undergraduate and graduate levels, research is always overseen by a subject matter expert -- a faculty mentor. For a more detailed explanation, please see "Definitions" in the drop down menu under Research Assessments.
Professors, researchers, and other education professionals understand the high-impact value in guiding undergraduate students through the process of focused inquiry; understanding of the existing scholarly or creative work relative to that inquiry; systematic primary investigation; and demonstration of evidence-based results. Engagement in faculty-mentored undergraduate research can positively transform a student's college experience and life beyond.
The OUR specializes in helping students prepare for, identify, and pursue opportunities to work with faculty mentors on research and creative projects. In addition, we offer travel, conference, research, and creative and special project scholarship grants, as well as workshops and poster conference opportunities. In Spring 2020, the OUR will debut a new online and print research journal -- PANDION: The Osprey Journal of Research and Ideas. PANDION is yet another way UNF students can showcase their outstanding research and creative projects.