Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)
The OUR office offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to experience research in a variety of disciplines under the direction of a faculty member. This research opportunity enriches the academic experience and challenges students to strengthen their critical and analytical thinking, and writing skills.
Research Opportunities within the Psychology Department
The faculty in the Psychology Department are very active in research. To apply to a research lab, go to RA Match: http://psy-ramatch.cos.ucf.edu/ and click on the lab(s) you wish to apply to. Next, be sure to make an appointment to meet the professor to talk about graduate school and the availability of a research position within their lab. Their contact information will be posted on their lab webpage or you can get it from the UCF Psych webpage. Most labs prefer that you have earned a “B” or better in PSY3204C Statistical Methods in Psychology at minimum. If you can’t get into the research lab relevant to your preferred field, don’t worry! All research experience is good research experience! Learning how to work with participants, read, collect, and input or code data, and work on research papers will be necessary to apply for graduate programs in any field. Most graduate programs like to see at least 1 year of research experience or more on your resume or CV.
- Labs in the Psychology Department: cos.ucf.edu/research/laboratories
- Some labs require that you are CITI trained before applying: students.graduate.ucf.edu/CITI_RCR_training/ .
- Other undergraduate research opportunities may be found through the UCF Institute for Simulation Training (ist.ucf.edu) or the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute (www.mfri.ucf.edu )
Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)
The RAMP program is designed to provide a research experience working closely with a faculty mentor for students who may be interested in pursuing graduate education. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations that are traditionally under-represented in graduate education to attend graduate school.
Burnett Research Scholars
This research program is designed to help students identify and work with faculty mentors in a research area of shared interest. Students must submit a grant application and be selected to receive funding.
Honors in the Major (HIM)
Psychology HIM Website: http://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/him/
Honors in the Major is UCF’s most advanced undergraduate research program. In this program, juniors and seniors design their own research project as the principal investigator.
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare students from low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at UCF
The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) throughout UCF. NSF annually funds over 400 sites nationwide in a range of technical areas to offer undergraduates an opportunity to “experience” the research environment with the goal of increasing future participation in graduate school programs.
Summer Research Academy (SRA)
Each summer UCF hosts some of our brightest incoming transfer students and current rising sophomores and juniors for three days, whether your interests lie in the humanities, the hard and applied sciences, the social sciences, or business, the Summer Research Academy (SRA) has something to offer you.