Preparing the Researchers of Tomorrow

This summer, the UCF College of Graduate Studies initiated the “Preparing Future Researchers” program to offer seven international undergraduate students an opportunity to gain networking and researching experience.

The students are each paired with a UCF faculty member in their discipline to conduct research on a topic of mutual interest. For about 40 Students_UCFtodayhours a week, the students will work alongside a faculty and graduate mentor to conduct research during the nine-week program.

In the program’s inaugural year, research groups were selected in five areas, one of which was in chemistry with mentor Stephen Kuebler, Ph.D, along with four other areas.

In addition to the research experience, they also receive a stipend, housing accommodations, and travel reimbursement. The social and networking events will also grant them the chance to engage in UCF’s graduate community of scholars and make connections with key faculty in their discipline.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will complete a draft of an external funding proposal and graduate application materials. They will also present their research in a poster presentation as the culminating event of the summer program.

In its first year, the program received almost 50 applications from over 30 institutions. The program also promises to impact many current and potential UCF students and supports one of the key university goals to achieve prominence in programs of graduate study and research.

For more information about the Preparing Future Researchers program click here or email

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