Congratulations PREP Alumni Federico Rivas (’18) on his admission to Graduate School to begin a PhD in Physics!

Alumni Jillian Gloria (’18) posts “UCF Research in 60 Seconds” video related to work initiated through her inclusion in PREP: Jillian’s Video Presentation

Congratulations to the current PREP cohort! We look forward to a fun and productive summer.

PREP students visit the Orlando Science Center and are surprised by how much general physics knowledge is required to fully understand some of the exhibits enjoyed by children and adults of all ages and backgrounds alike.

PREP students visit a vertical wind tunnel and learn first-hand how difficult it is to maintain static equilibrium by balancing drag and weight forces (and torques) while maintaining a stationary terminal velocity just a few feet from the ground.

PREP students compare popularized tropes about scientists to their personal experiences working in real research labs while using teambuilding and analytical reasoning skills to escape the “Lab at Loch Ness.”




2020 cycle averted to contribute to efforts to mitigate against COVID-19 community spread. Students selected for participation have been offered deferred admission into the 2021 cycle.


June 7.

2019 PREP Cohort (from left to right): Dr. Kaden, Izamary Baron (Ishigami), Isabella Kastor (Kara), Juan Gonzalez (Flitsiyan), Jorge Aguilar (Vaida), C. Lane Camp (Nakajima), Omar Suarez (Chini).

Second iteration of PREP is now underway with 6 new participants. More to come as the program progresses.

Jan 22.

2019 Application Deadline has been extended until February 1st. Interested students are strongly encouraged to submit application as soon as possible.


Sep 27.

Central Florida PREP program is now accepting applications from candidates interested in participating in the summer of 2019.

Aug 1.

Inaugural PREP class will present summaries of their projects between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM in Research I, Room 101/101A. All are welcome to attend, and a detailed program can be found here.

May 29.

2018 Valencia-UCF PREP Program is officially underway! Hosting faculty and students were on board to greet our newest guests in Physics.

PREP Kickoff. (Left to Right) Front: Bijoya Dhar, Indiera Ahmad, Luis Rivera, Jillian Gloria, Federico Rivas, Carlos Borras, & Daeri Tenery. Back: Mihai Vaida, Yang Yang Liu, Gyan Khatri, Enrique del Barco, Cameron Nickle, and William Kaden.

May 21.
Congratulations to PREP participants Indiera and Jillian for their selection into the LSAMP scholars program!