News & Announcements

Knights of Distinction Student Highlight: Rachael Rothstein-Safra

The Knights of Distinction Program is designed to help students connect the dots between their experiences in the classroom and those outside the classroom. The program encourages students to set post-graduation goals and develop a plan to meet them. Knights of Distinction emphasizes the importance of participating in integrative experiences that allow students to draw on lessons learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world situations in order to gain valuable skills that can be adapted to various workplace environments such as problem solving, teamwork, and communication. Students have opportunities to work with faculty mentors, participate in professional development (Read More)

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Fall Workshops

From mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences to marketing and theatre, undergraduates are conducting research with faculty in all UCF academic departments. Participating in this hands-on experience can prepare students for their post-graduation plans, whether they want to continue their education or dive right into their careers! The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is committed to helping students get involved in research and creative scholarship, find resources, and develop themselves as scholars and professionals in their disciplines. To help students get involved, OUR offers workshops and provides peer mentoring, where students can receive individualized assistance.   Upcoming Getting Started workshops: August (Read More)

What’s Next Integrative Learning Scholarship Student Highlights

This year, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) offered the What’s Next: Integrative Learning Scholarship to undergraduate students for the first time. This annual scholarship offers up to $1,000 for students who demonstrate excellence in high-impact integrative learning such as undergraduate research, internships, peer mentoring, living learning communities, etc., and who were able to demonstrate their ability to connect the skills learned from these experiences to other contexts and situations both inside and outside the classroom. A total of 93 students applied, and 37 students across 11 colleges were selected to receive the scholarship for the 2017–2018 academic year. We asked (Read More)

From Novice Researcher to Judges’ Choice Award Winner: One Student’s Experience with Undergraduate Research

Participating in undergraduate research provides students with integrative learning opportunities where they connect the dots between the skills they learn in the classroom and real-world experiences outside of the classroom. Forums such as UCF’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) give students a chance to share their work with diverse audiences. Students explain their research to judges and converse with other students and faculty members. These types of integrative experiences also help students prepare for their future after college, whether that includes attending a graduate program or entering the job market. There are many different ways students can get involved (Read More)

What’s Next Student Fellows Research Integrative Learning

This year, What’s Next Student Fellows, Courtney Handy and Coral Nimz not only helped us develop programming and resources for integrative learning, they also conducted their own research project, “Connecting the Dots: Identifying Particular Challenges which Correlate with a Decreased Likelihood of Student Extra- and Co-Curricular Involvement,” which they presented at the 2017 UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). We asked them to talk a little about themselves and about their project.   Coral and Courtney display their poster with Dr. Anna Maria Jones and Lindsay Rushworth.   What’s your major? Coral: I am majoring in Mathematics with a (Read More)

More than $180,000 awarded to UCF undergraduate integrative learning projects

This year, the UCF Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) continued the Faculty Awards Program, supporting 25 exciting faculty and staff projects focused on helping undergraduate students prepare for success after college. Proposals were judged — in two categories Enhancement and Program Innovation — based on their ability to advance the QEP’s theme “What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation.” The 9 Enhancement project awardees received up to $3,500 for improving existing or creating new resources for undergraduate students, such as developing courses, designing high-impact learning activities, or enhancing career preparation. The 16 Program Innovation project awardees received (Read More)