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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)

Apply Now to be Considered for a QEP Faculty Fellow

  The Quality Enhancement Plan is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for faculty fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Fellows will work with the QEP to promote integrative learning through faculty outreach, student mentoring, and program development. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3000 for this year-long commitment. For more information, please visit the QEP website (, or contact Director, Dr. Anna Maria Jones ( Interested applicants should apply no later than Friday, April 7th 2017 for consideration.

Spring 2017 QEP Faculty Development Workshops (Deadline Extended)

The Office of the QEP presents our Spring 2017 Faculty Development Workshops:   “What’s Next?” Student Professionalism April 3, 2017 12:00-1:30 pm Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, CB1 Room 205 Presenters: Vicki Lavendol (Rosen College of Hospitality Management), Kathleen Hohenleitner (Department of English), and Daniel Murphree (Department of History) Helping students connect what they are learning in the classroom to their professional goals increases student engagement and prepares them for what’s next. Learn how to incorporate professionalization assignments into any class. By the end of the session every faculty member will leave with an action plan (Read More)

Research Coach Scholarships for High-Impact Undergraduate Research Experiences

What are research coaches? Research coaches are undergraduate or graduate students who are hired by faculty exclusively to assist undergraduate students with course-integrated research projects. Similar successful research coach programs are in place at Florida State University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.   What will the research coaches do? Research coaches work with faculty to help undergraduate students learn about and facilitate high-impact research experiences in a classroom setting. Based on the learning objectives of your course, coaches can: hold office hours or meeting times or participate in your class, answer questions, and/or explain concepts or research methodologies to (Read More)