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  • Preparing Future Researchers

    A UCF Summer Research Opportunity

    The Preparing Future Researchers Program offers an immersive research experience with a faculty mentor, social excursions, networking opportunities, and workshops to help participants apply for graduate school and prepare themselves for graduate education. Participants work with a faculty mentor with special expertise and matched interests on an agreed upon research project. Outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their prospective graduate disciplines or first-generation in college are encouraged to apply to learn more about the graduate school experience.

    Preparing Future Researchers Flyer

  • Research Projects for Summer 2015


    Criminal Justice

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Optics and Photonics

    Security Studies

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    •    Benefits

        • A $4,000 stipend ($2,000 paid at program start and $2,000 mid-term), housing accommodations, and up to $500 travel reimbursement
        • Hands-on research experience with a faculty mentor
        • Workshops to prepare you for graduate school
        • Networking opportunities and social events
        • Preparation for graduate fellowships
    •    Deliverables for Students

        • A completed draft of a proposal for external funding
        • A completed draft of a graduate application and supporting materials (goal statement and resume or CV)
        • A research poster and experience presenting
    •    Graduate Community

      • The Preparing Future Researchers Program engages participants in the graduate community of scholars at the University of Central Florida to build an understanding of the graduate school experience. In addition to working with a faculty mentor, students will have a graduate student mentor, interact with other graduate students in the academic program or department, and interact with other students in the Preparing Future Researchers Program and with fellows in the Summer Mentoring Fellowship Program. The Graduate Student Center and its resources will be available for use throughout the summer.
    •    Eligibility

      • Students wishing to participate in the UCF Preparing Future Researchers Program must meet all of the following criteria: 

        • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
        • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
        • Be at least 18 years of age as of May 1, 2015
        • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate program at a college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory (Please note that current UCF students are not eligible to apply.)
        • Have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education by the time of the summer experience
        • Have at least two semesters of undergraduate education remaining after completing the summer research experience
        • Have a strong interest in pursuing a doctoral degree
        • Underrepresented and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply

        Participants will work with a faculty mentor on a research project and be expected to complete approximately 40 hours of research each week during the nine-week program. Due to the intense time commitment needed, student participants may not engage in outside employment while taking part in this program.  

    •    How to Apply

    Summer 2015 Timeline

    October 7Online application opens.

    February 2 – Application deadline, 5:00 p.m. EST. All materials, including online application, faculty recommendation, and unofficial transcripts must be received by this time.

    February 18 – Award decisions complete. All students will be notified of their award status through the email address provided on the UCF Preparing Future Researchers Program application.

    March 15 – Responses due from students regarding their participation in the Summer 2015 Preparing Future Researchers Program. Students should send their decision to

    Early April – Pre-Arrival information sent. Students accepted into the Preparing Future Researchers Program are sent information through the email address provided on the UCF Preparing Future Researchers Program application.

    Mid-April – Pre-Arrival documents are due. Students should send their completed pre-arrival documents to

    May – Information about UCF and Orlando, roommate assignments, and program details are sent to students through the email address provided on the UCF Preparing Future Researchers Program application. Faculty mentors may contact researchers with assignments prior to the start of the summer program.

    May 28 – Travel to Orlando and UCF

    May 29 – Welcome orientation, opening picnic, and campus tour

    June 1-July 29 – Summer research program, including research work, social events, networking, workshops, and other opportunities

    July 30 – Departure date for researchers

    Contact Us

    Preparing Future Researchers Program
    College of Graduate Studies
    Millican Hall 230
    PO Box 160112, Orlando, FL 32816-0112             

    Contact the College of Graduate Studies

    If you have questions about the application or general questions about the UCF Preparing Future Researchers Program, contact the College of Graduate Studies at

    Contact a Research Project

    If you have questions about research projects, contact the research faculty directly. Each research project description includes contact information so you can easily get answers your questions.

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