Program Benefits

Housing Accommodations, Fitness and Sports Activities, Food and Entertainment Arrangements

UCF has several on-campus and off campus housing facilities that can accommodate the 10 students over the 10-week summer period.  REU students will have access to a state-of-art wellness center, indoor and outdoor olympic swimming and tanning pools. tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, fitness center, etc. In addition, UCF offers a variety of meal plans to students in the two renovated buffet-type (all you can eat) cafeterias serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week for just $5.


The proposed REU site will start on May 14, 2018 and will end on July 20, 2018. A variety of academic mini-courses, workshops, research laboratory, field trips, and social activities will be completed during this 10-week summer REU program. All REU Site student participants will have a unique opportunity to visit the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training located in one of the most vibrant  and high tech “Research Park” area adjacent to UCF. Lockheed Martin Aerospace Company, NASA Kennedy Space Center, etc. A detailed description of students’ activities is presented below.


Week Dates and Times

Formal mini-courses, workshops, and presentations Research Lab Activities Social Events/Field Trips
Week 1: May 14-18, 2018

9:00 to 12:00

1:30 to 5:00

(M) Program Orientation  and Introduction, (T) Course in Research  Ethics, (W) CITI Training program and IRB Proposal Preparation,  (TH) Library Instruction, (F)

Research Methods course: Where to start?  Types odfResearch Designs, Discussion of Research Topics.



Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Bi-Weekly Meeting with the P.I. UCF Campus-Wide  Tour

Luncheon n first day.



(Formal mini-courses and workshops will be held in Room PSY 110, Computer lab design for teaching research methods and Stats. Has computers and software programs with internet connection).)  Daily lunch at UCF Cafeteria
Week 2: May 21-25, 2018 Understanding Research Results, Part 1.

Introduction to Eprime Psychological Research; (Dr. Mouloua)

Introduction to Matlab

Video Presentation.

Lecture on on descritptive and inferential Statistics

Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Field Trip to NASA KSC, Cape Canveral, Florida
Week 3: May 28-June 1, 2018 Understanding Research Results: Part 2

REU Students attend a Brown Bag Presentations

Dr. Newins

Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Bi-Weekly Weekly Meeting with the P.I. Field Trip to Design Interactive, Orlando Florida
May 28 Memorial Day Holiday (School Closed) REU students and Faculty Mentors  BBQ Picnic at UCF Lake Claire on Campus.
Week 4: June 4-8, 2018  REU Students a Brownbag Presentation

Brain Imaging Techniques; FMRI Studies (Instructor, Dr. Lighall)

Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Weekly Field Trip to Locheed Martin (Dr. Kevin Oden)
Week 5: June 11-15, 2018 Types of Experimental Designs (Room PSY 110: Instructor, Dr. Mouloua) Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Weekly Filed Trip To Siemens,


Orlando, Florida (Jurate Luv.)

REU Students make a Powerpoint Presentation of a research Topic

PSY Conference Room 301H

Week 6: June 18-22, 2018 REU Students attend a Brownbag Presentation Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Weekly Field Trip to IST, Orlando, Florida (Dr. Steve Goldberg)
Week 7: June 25-29, 2018 Dr. Bohil Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Bi-Weekly
Week 8: July 2-6, 2018 Dr. Schmidt Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Bi-
July 4th Independence Day Holiday (School Closed) Dinner Banquet at the P.I. Home
Week 9: July 9-13, 2018 Dr. Bedwell Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Bi- Field Trip to Walt Disner Park; Dr. Robert Allen
Week 10: July 16-20, 2018 Dr. Paulson Daily meetings with Faculty mentor, Bi-
July 18th



July 20

REU Students’ Poster Presentations

Summer Research Academy Presentations



REU Students return Home (Rides to the Orlando Airport)

Banquet Reception

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments


Program Management

The Principal investigator will be responsible for the management of the day-to-day research activities with the collaboration of each senior personnel for the various laboratories. In addition, the P.I. will also hold weekly meetings to address any issues related to students’ progress in their research project.  Additionally, students’ research will be disseminated at various National conferences (e.g., Annual Meeting of the Human Factors, Ergonomics Society, American Psychological Association, etc.) and through journal publications as appropriate. Finally, the proposed research will provide data to inform the development of (1) recommendations and guidelines for in-vehicle telematic design, implementation, and evaluation for elderly drivers, (2) written test procedures for evaluating in-vehicle information and navigation systems in the elderly, and (3) development of a formal rating system such as a consumer report that may be applied on different products for reporting the results and describing the workload.

Broader Impacts

This UCF REU Site will offer various scientific and practical benefits to a group of under-represented students in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and inter-disciplinary applied psychological sciences. These benefits will include the following:

  1. UCF REU Site students will be mentored by our UCF active faculty researchers and graduate students in the program.  They will be matched with the faculty and graduate student mentors based on their research interests.
  2. UCF REU Site students will work on a research project for the duration of the 10-week period under the supervision of a faculty mentor and graduate researcher.
  3. UCF REU students will take part in a formal research Methods course and learn the various research design and statistical procedures, conduct a literature search, develop testable research ideas, write and submit a research proposal to the UCF IRB, collect and analyze data using a variety of psychophysiological measures, write the report, and present the finding in an open forum.
  4. REU students will participate in a formal library research instruction led by a University Librarian
  5. REU students will take a formal course on ethical research and the code of conduct offered by the UCF IRB and Faculty mentors.
  6. REU students will participate in a formal workshop about applying to graduate school to learn about the application materials, program requirements, research experience, GRE scores, etc. This workshop will be led by the P.I. and the faculty mentors.  This will enable them to prepare a strong and successful application.
  7. REU students will participate in a workshop that prepares them for a successful professional career. Invited speakers from government agencies and private industries will be invited as speakers.
  8. UCF REU students will learn various imaging techniques (e.g., EEG recording and interpretation, ERP Components interpretation and applications, fNIR techniques, Eye-tracking systems, etc.), to assess human behavior and performance a wide variety of simulated environments (e.g., driving under distraction, aggressive “road rage” driving, flight simulated tasks, search and rescue missions, etc.
  9. UCF REU students will learn to use psychological and experimental software to design and build experiments, collecting, coding data, and analyzing data using ePrime, EEGLAB, ERPLAB, SPSS, Autodesk Maya, etc.
  10. UCF REU students will work in a small interactive research groups that will afford them to acquire and use their individual and group teamwork skills that are necessary for graduate school success, as well for preparing them to embark in professional domains where these skills are essential for their hiring and success.