Research Opportunities

The University of Central Florida offers numerous opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research in various disciplines under the direction of a faculty member. This intensive research opportunity enhances the academic experience and challenges students to strengthen their critical, analytical, and writing skills. You can find out more at the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research or the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Honors in the Major (HIM)

An Honor in the Major is UCF’s most advanced undergraduate research program. It is designed to assist juniors and seniors who are intent on developing their own independent research project. Students do not have to be Honors students to take advantage of the HIM program; it is available to all qualified UCF students.

The Office of Research at UCF

The Office of Research budgets $100,000 annually to match contract and grant dollars for principle investigators who hire undergraduates to assist in sponsored research.

The UCF McNair Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare students from low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies.  The program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

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. Undergraduate students participating in this program receive financial support.

The Burnett Honors College Student-Mentor Academic Research Teams (SMART)

The SMART Program is designed to help students identify and work with faculty mentors in a research area of shared interest. Students do not have to be Honors students to take advantage of the SMART program; it is available to all qualified UCF students.

Special Opportunities


The Department of Sociology, as well as individual faculty members, maintains close relationships with many community partners. Students majoring in Sociology are able to work as interns in many of these agencies and companies to receive credit towards their degree.

Service Learning

Many Sociology courses address community needs and enhance the learning experience through service-learning opportunities that help students use academic skills and classroom knowledge to solve community problems.

Sociology Club and AKD

The program supports an active Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. The Sociology Club activities enable students to get involved int he community and make a real difference.