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Showcase of Osprey Achievements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) Symposium - Saturday, April 22, 2023

The Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) is an annual interdisciplinary conference at the University of North Florida (UNF) in which undergraduate and graduate students showcase their research or creative projects during Research Week. Research projects can be presented in poster format or as an oral presentation, but we also work with students who present in multimedia formats. SOARS is a welcoming environment where students can refine their presentation skills through interaction with peers and faculty as they explain their projects, which can be in various stages of development.

SOARS 2023 will take place in person on Saturday, April 22. The abstract portal has closed and is no longer accepting submissions.

Events Schedule  

SOARS 2023 will take from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The poster sessions will be held in the covered walkways outside Skinner-Jones Hall (Building 4), and the oral presentations will take place inside the building's classrooms. The Graduate Mentor of the Year (GMOY) and Undergraduate Mentor of the Year (UMOY) recipients will be announced during the SOARS Awards Ceremony, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Biological Sciences Building (Building 59), Room 1701. 

Tentative SOARS Schedule

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Student Resource and Club Fair, Building 4 

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Poster and oral presentations, Building 4 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year and Graduate Research Mentor of the Year Awards Ceremony, Building 59, Room 1701 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Poster and oral presentations, Building 4 


The recommended attire for SOARS presenters is comfortable business-casual or smart-casual clothing. We also recommend wearing comfortable shoes, as the presentations and Awards Ceremony are in separate buildings.  

SOARS Parking

Since SOARS 2023 is taking place on a Saturday, a UNF parking permit is not required. It is recommended that SOARS presenters and attendees park in the Arena Garage (Garage 38) or Lot 7 located outside of Building 4. We recommend dropping off participants at Building 4. The garage, Lot 7, and Building 4 can be viewed on the campus map. 

SOARS Student Resource and Club Fair

Are you part of a student group or organization that would like to reserve a table during the SOARS Student Resource and Club Fair? This opportunity would allow you to recruit new members and expose the university community to what you do. Contact the OUR at if interested in reserving a table.

Important Dates

Sunday, March 26 @11:59 p.m.: Undergraduate Mentor of the Year (UMOY) and Graduate Mentor of the Year (GMOY) nomination deadline 

Monday, March 27 @11:59 p.m.: SOARS Abstract Portal closes 

Friday, April 7 @11:59 p.m.: OUR poster printing deadline 

Friday, April 14 – Saturday, April 22:  UNF Research Week 

Saturday, April 22: SOARS 2023

Event Registration

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Please Note: This event is for prospective undergraduate students. If you are interested in learning more about graduate studies, we encourage you to visit the UNF Graduate School.