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Director, Office of Undergraduate Research: Dr. Kimberly Schneider

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to strengthen and enrich the undergraduate research climate at the University of Central Florida. Undergraduate research gives students the opportunity to work closely with faculty while having hands-on learning experiences that cannot be gained in a traditional classroom setting.

OUR centralizes information about both curriculum-based and faculty mentored research, helping students and faculty find resources and integrate student learning. As students become scholars, we provide a variety of enrichment opportunities for students to grow and become professionals in their discipline.

Browse the Office of Undergraduate Research Collections:

Digital Repository: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

The Pegasus Review: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal

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Office of Honors Research

The Office of Honors Research (OHR) is located in the Burnett Honors College. OHR houses the Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) program. Current and prospective students are invited to fill out the Request for Contact form or email [email protected] (the preferred methods) to request assistance.  Our phone number is (407) 823-2076.

Honors Undergraduate Thesis

The Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) program is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate research program at UCF. HUT provides juniors and seniors from all disciplines the opportunity to engage in original and independent research or creative activity as principal investigators and independent scholars.

Over the course of two to four semesters, students work closely with a faculty committee to research, write, defend, and publish an original thesis that serves as an honors capstone product of their undergraduate career. This thesis is published through the university library and is available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases.

Thesis Options

Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the Honors distinction by completing one of these thesis options:

Honors in the Major Thesis

Students complete original research or creative work in their major.

Interdisciplinary Thesis

Students complete original research or creative work in their minor or in a discipline other than their major.

Program Benefits

A strong mentoring relationship with faculty

Graduate and professional school preparation

Career preparation

Transferable skills

A richer academic experience

Personal Development

Motivated and talented peers

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request enrollment in a HUT course?

To Register for Directed Readings I (3 credits): After submitting the eligibility form by the posted deadlines, qualified students receive the Admission Agreement and Registration Form. Once you complete these forms, collect all necessary signatures (via HelloSign, Adobe, or another secure electronic signature platform), and submit them to the Office of Honors Research, the Coordinator of Honors Research will enroll you* in the requested course before or during the first week of classes.

*Exceptions apply to NUR-3165H students, who are enrolled by their academic department.

To Register for Directed Readings II (1 or 3 credits, optional): Students who need another semester to complete their thesis proposal can take Directed Readings II for 1 or 3 credits. Ensure this fits in with your graduation plan by contacting an academic advisor in your department/college, and work out a feasible timeline to meet your thesis goals with your thesis chair and committee members.

The OHR team will share the Registration Form at least 4 weeks before the due date; it cannot be found on the HUT Webcourse. If you cannot find it in your inbox, reach out to [email protected] via email to request a copy.

To Register for Thesis I: At least 4 weeks before the due date, students will be emailed the Registration Form to prepare and submit along with their thesis proposal and signed cover page. Students who do not complete and submit their thesis proposal will not be permitted to advance to Thesis I.

To Register for Thesis II (1 or 3 credits, optional): Students who need another semester to complete their thesis semester requirements have the option to take Thesis II for 1 or 3 credits. Ensure this fits in with your graduation plan by contacting an academic advisor in your department/college, and work out a feasible timeline to meet your thesis goals with your thesis chair and committee members.

How do I apply for an extension to continue my Directed Readings or Thesis semester?

What kind of grading scale should I choose?

Will HUT credits count towards my major requirements?

If a student is seeking to have HUT coursework count as electives or fulfill other degree requirements, the student must speak with an academic advisor in their department, School or College. Departments must grant permission for HUT coursework to fulfill other degree requirements.

University Honors Students: Completion of the HUT program will satisfy one upper-division Honors requirement for any major.

Do I have to go to a class for these courses?

Can Online UCF students enroll in HUT courses?

Are there any rules about taking a semester off once I have started the program?

Student Spotlights

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How to Summarize Research Articles and Find Your Own Research Niche

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Undergraduate researchers are often tasked with finding and summarizing previous scholarship. (These summaries are called literature reviews in some disciplines.) Summarizing previous scholarship is often the first step to finding or refining your own research topic, too, as you notice gaps in the existing research that you can fill.

This information session provides an overview of different types of summaries and literature reviews. It breaks down how to find relevant scholarly works, how to read and summarize them, and how to compare and synthesize their arguments into a summary.

DRACO Welcomes 3 New Undergraduate Researchers

Welcome our our three new undergraduates Kate , Franco , and Francisco . who joined DRACO during the Spring 2024 semester. Francisco is funded through an AMD Fellowship!

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Environmental Science (BS)

Program at a glance.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges - Most Innovative 2024

The Environmental Studies degree prepares students for a number of interesting and challenging careers. Its interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across a spectrum of science, social behavior, and humanities, using the strengths of the various areas. Students seeking journalistic or artistic careers will gain a scientific background by which to understand environmental science, while students going into the sciences will appreciate the social, political, and ethical dimensions of environmental actions and policy decisions.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must have declared an Environmental Studies major at least two semesters before graduation.
  • Research, Internship, and Independent study credit cannot be used in this major without approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Office and Program Director.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in the major.
  • Students must earn at least a "C" (2.0) grade in each course required for the major.
  • Students must consult with an academic advisor when entering the program.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Students wishing to earn an Environmental Studies degree as a double degree, double major, or second degree, must complete all advanced level core requirements and restricted electives exclusive of credits done for the other degree(s) and/or major(s), including any minors associated with that degree.
  • Courses taken to satisfy basic and advanced core requirements cannot be used as in the Sciences or Communication and Planning track electives.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • International

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Environmental Studies Core: Basic Level

  • PCB3044 - Principles of Ecology (3)
  • PCB3044L - Principles of Ecology Laboratory (1)

Environmental Studies Core: Advanced Level

  • EVR3008 - Foundations of Environmental Studies (3)
  • GIS3043C - GIS for Environmental Studies (3)
  • GIS4301C - Advanced GIS Applications in Environmental Studies (4)
  • EVR3085 - Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Environmental Studies (3)
  • EVR3021 - The Science of Sustainability (3)
  • ECP3302 - Economics and the Environment (3)
  • PUP3203 - Environmental Politics (3)
  • SYD4510 - Environment and Society (3)
  • PHI3640 - Environmental Ethics (3)
  • PHI3033 - Philosophy, Religion, and the Environment (3)
  • PHI4633 - Ethics and Biological Science (3)
  • WST4349 - Ecofeminism (3)

Restricted Electives

  • ANT3541 - Biobehavioral Anthropology (3)
  • ANT4051 - Environmental Anthropology (3)
  • ECP4303 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (3)
  • ENC3241 - Writing for the Technical Professional (3)
  • ENC4360 - Nature Writing (3)
  • INR4351 - International Environmental Law (3)
  • PAD3330 - Urban and Regional Planning (3)
  • PAD4351 - Issues in Environmental Program Management (3)
  • PHI4400 - Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHM4031 - Environmental Philosophy (3)
  • PLA4554 - Environmental Law (3)
  • PUP3204 - Sustainability (3)
  • PUP4209 - Urban Environmental Policy (3)
  • ANT3290 - Anthropology of Plants and People (3)
  • ANT3550C - Primatology (3)
  • ANT3701 - Engagement & Social Change: Public Anthropology (3)
  • ANT4123 - Archaeology of Coastal Societies (3)
  • ANT4187 - Paleoethnobotany (3)
  • ANT4467 - Nutritional Anthropology (3)
  • ANT4480 - Global Health in Anthropological Perspective (3)
  • BSC4861L - Urban Ecological Field Studies (3)
  • CPO4794 - Indigenous Politics and the Environment (3)
  • ENV3001 - Environmental Engineering (3)
  • ENV4341 - Sustainable Resource Management (3)
  • HSC4500 - Epidemiology (3)
  • INR3016 - Global Political Issues (3)
  • INR4054 - Global Politics of Energy (3)
  • INR4350 - Global Environmental Politics (3)
  • LIT3437 - Global Literature of Environmental Justice (3)
  • PAD4331 - Land Use and Planning (3)
  • PHH3701 - Native American Philosophy (3)
  • PHI3638 - Ethical Issues in the 21st Century (3)
  • PHI3672 - Animal Ethics (3)
  • PSY3630 - Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction (3)
  • PUR3210 - Communication Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (3)
  • REE3614 - Environmental Issues for Real Estate (3)
  • SYO3408 - Animals and Health (3)
  • The following courses can count a maximum of 6 hours toward the 18 hours of required electives for the Communcation and Planning Track.
  • COM 4462 - Conflict Management Credit Hours: 3 COM 4550 - Public Communication Campaigns Credit Hours: 3 COM 4563 - Principles of Social Innovation and Activism Credit Hours: 3 ENC 3455 - Writing about Science and Technology Credit Hours: 3 EXP 3304 - Motivation and Emotion Credit Hours: 3 EXP 3404 - Basic Learning Processes Credit Hours: 3 MAN 4240 - Organizations: Theory and Behavior Credit Hours: 3 MMC 3630 - Social Media as Mass Communication Credit Hours: 3 POS 4206 - Political Psychology Credit Hours: 3 SPC 4540 - Persuasion and Communication Credit Hours: 3 SYA 4650C - Community Action and Involvement Credit Hours: 3 SYP 3400 - Social Change Credit Hours: 3
  • BCH4053 - Biochemistry I (3)
  • BCH4054 - Biochemistry II (3)
  • BOT3802 - Ethnobotany (3)
  • BOT4713C - Plant Taxonomy (5)
  • BSC4312C - Advanced Marine Biology (4)
  • CHM3120 - Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • OCE3008 - Oceanography (3)
  • PCB3063 - Genetics (3)
  • PCB3442 - Aquatic Ecology (3)
  • PCB4683 - Evolutionary Biology (4)
  • PCB4723 - Animal Physiology (4)
  • ZOO4910L - Research Experience in Animal Behavior in a Zoo Environment (3)
  • BOT3015 - Principles of Plant Science (3)
  • BOT4223C - Plant Anatomy (4)
  • BOT4282C - Plant Microtechniques (4)
  • BOT4434C - General Mycology (4)
  • BOT4503C - Plant Physiology (4)
  • BOT4850 - Medical Botany (3)
  • BSC3052 - Conservation Biology (3)
  • BSC3312 - Principles of Marine Biology (3)
  • BSC4330 - Invasion Biology (3)
  • BSC4821 - Biogeography (4)
  • CHS4615 - Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • ENY3571 - Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (3)
  • ENY4004C - General Entomology (4)
  • GLY4730 - Marine Geology (3)
  • GLY4734 - Coastal Processes (3)
  • MCB4603 - Environmental Microbiology (3)
  • PAZ4234 - Zoo and Aquarium Management (3)
  • PCB3023 - Molecular Cell Biology (3)
  • PCB3343L - Principles of Field Ecology (5)
  • PCB3354 - Tropical Ecology and Conservation (3)
  • PCB3355L - Tropical Marine Biology (2)
  • PCB4353 - Florida Ecology, Natural History and Conservation (3)
  • PCB4408 - Urban Ecology (3)
  • PCB4514 - Epigenetics (3)
  • PCB4684 - Population Genetics (3)
  • PCB4722 - Comparative Animal Nutrition (4)
  • PCB4802 - Comparative Endocrinology (3)
  • ZOO3454 - Ichthyology (3)
  • ZOO3713 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4)
  • ZOO4205C - Invertebrate Biodiversity (4)
  • ZOO4310C - Vertebrate Evolution & Ecology (4)
  • ZOO4462C - Herpetology (4)
  • ZOO4480 - Mammalogy (4)
  • ZOO4480L - Mammalogy Lab (1)
  • ZOO4603C - Embryology/Development (5)

High Impact Experience

  • Earn at least 3 credits from the following types of courses: Three (3) credit hours in undergraduate research, internship, study abroad and/or service-learning exclusive of courses in the major. Students may substitute demonstrated proficiency or instruction in a foreign language equivalent to the second college semester for this requirement. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement if the students opts for foreign language.
  • EVR4940 - Capstone Environmental Studies (3)

Grand Total Credits: 53

  • As needed to satisfy university graduation requirements. Consult with Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Office.

Foreign Language Requirements

  • Two years of high school, or one year college language (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation

Required Minors

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • It is recommended that students meet with an academic advisor at least once per semester.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 42 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related programs.

  • Biology (B.S.)
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E)
  • Political Science (B.A.)
  • Economics (B.S.)

Certificates

  • Geographic Information Systems

Related Minors

  • Environmental Studies
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Political Science

Advising Notes

Transfer notes.

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred must be formally evaluated for equivalency credit. See Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Office. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

Program academic learning compacts.

  • Program Academic Learning Compacts (student learning outcomes) for undergraduate programs are located at: http://www.oeas.ucf.edu/alc/academic_learning_compacts.htm

Plan of Study

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UCF Ranks 21st in U.S. Public Universities for Patents with 57 New Inventions in 2023

UCF continues to be a top university in the world for producing patents, securing 57 patents in calendar year 2023 and ranking 53rd among public and private universities in the world and 21st in the nation among public universities.

The worldwide rankings,  released this month from the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) , place UCF in a tie with Yale University (57) and ahead of U.S. institutions such as Vanderbilt (56), Princeton (44) and Florida State University (38).

The NAI rankings may be further adjusted as patent corrections are submitted by universities.

This is the 11 th  year that UCF has ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for patents.

“Innovation is at the heart of our mission at UCF, and these latest patent rankings reaffirm our commitment to pushing boundaries and making impactful advancements,” says Winston V. Schoenfeld, UCF’s interim vice president for  research and innovation . “The diverse range of inventions reflects the dedication and ingenuity of our researchers across the research enterprise, and their efforts continue to position UCF as a leader in innovation, both nationally and globally.”

The patents were secured by UCF’s  Office of Technology Transfer , which brings discoveries to the marketplace and connects UCF researchers with companies and entrepreneurs to transform innovative ideas into successful products.

Svetlana Shtrom  ’ 08MBA , director of UCF’s Technology Transfer Office, says university patents are a valuable asset for universities, industry and society.

“Patents facilitate transfer of technology from universities and foster collaboration between academia and the private sector,” Shtrom says. “Through collaboration with industry, university technologies provide solutions to pressing problems and create new products and services that benefit the public.”

She says the patents also reflect the commitment of the university’s researchers to innovation, and they serve as a beacon to attract more students and faculty who are interested in cutting-edge research and entrepreneurship.

Here are a few of the UCF inventions that led to patents in 2023:

Passive Insect Surveillance Sensor Device Lead researcher: Bradley Willenberg, assistant professor, UCF  College of Medicine

UCF researchers have developed a low-cost, easy-to-use device for detection of mosquitos and other insects that also indicates whether an insect carries a specific infectious disease. Through simple color-based tests (colorimetric assays) and biomolecular tools for detection (DNA aptamers conjugated to nanoparticles), a user can monitor viral presence in insect saliva samples. By doing so, various mosquito-borne emerging pathogens, including Zika, Dengue, and Chikunguya, can be detected.  The easily deployable technology can potentially help in the global fight and prevention against these deadly diseases. The  passive insect surveillance sensor device is available for licensing .

Antiplasmodial Compounds Lead researcher: Debopam Chakrabarti, professor and  molecular microbiology division  head,  Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

This technology is a method of treatment for malaria by administration of specific fungus-derived compounds. Annually, malaria affects more than 200 million people and kills more than 600,000. Caused by Plasmodium parasites carried in mosquitos, an effective treatment is desperately needed. UCF researchers used a diverse library of fungi found in habitats and ecological niches across the U.S. to find potential antimalarial compounds. The unique chemicals they identified provide starting points for developing lead compounds of new drugs against malaria. The research team is  looking for partners to develop the technology further for commercialization of the antiplasmodial compounds .

Coating for Capturing and Killing Viruses on Surfaces Lead researcher: Suditpa Seal, Pegasus Professor and chair,  Department of Materials Science and Engineering

This  technology is a nano-coating designed to capture, hold and kill viruses on a surface , such as on personal protective equipment and clothing, using natural light sources to protect against infections.

The COVID-killing coating is made with a nanomaterial that activates under white light, such as sunlight or LED light. As long as the nanomaterial is exposed to a continuous light source, it can regenerate its antiviral properties, creating a self-cleaning effect.

The efficacy of the disinfectant was shown through a study that was published in  ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces  this past year. The study found that the coating can not only destroy the COVID-19 virus, but it can also combat the spread of Zika virus, SARS, parainfluenza, rhinovirus and vesicular stomatitis.

Production of Nanoporous Films Lead researcher: Yang Yang, associate professor,  NanoScience Technology Center

UCF researchers have created  a method for making metal composite films for use in energy applications , such as for fuel cells, hydrogen production, photocatalysts, sensing and energy storage, and electrodes in supercapacitors. The method improves performance and versatility and does not require use of costly precious metals, such as gold. Instead, the UCF technology uses low-cost, earth-abundant resources such as iron, cobalt and nickel. The nanoporous thin films are designed to help meet today’s challenges in renewable energy production and conversion applications.

Method of Forming High-Throughput 3d Printed Microelectrode Array Lead researcher: Swaminathan Rajaraman, associate professor, NanoScience Technology Center

This invention is a  3D printed mini-lab that controls liquids and gases very precisely . The device has small channels and chambers that guide liquids, like samples or chemicals, to a central area where there are special electrodes. These electrodes can send and record electrical signals from tiny groups of cells called spheroids. Scientists can use this to see how cells react to different conditions and substances. The innovation offers an easy way to study biological cells, tissues and electrophysiological responses. The technology can help lead to advancements in disease modeling, toxicity assessments and drug discovery.

Adaptive Visual Overlay for Anatomical Simulation Lead researcher: Greg Welch, Pegasus Professor, AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation,  College of Nursing

This anatomical simulation allows users to wear a head-mounted display that presents an anatomical scenario onto a patient to allow for medical training, surgical training or other instruction. Users who experience the simulation will see a real body part or other anatomical items projected through an augmented reality system. The innovative,  multi-sensory, interactive training system realistically mimics wounds  and provides constant, dynamic feedback to medical trainees as they treat wounds. Almost like a video game in real-life, the Tactile-Visual Wound Simulation Unit portrays the look, feel, and even the smell of different types of human wounds (such as a puncture, stab, slice or tear). It also tracks and analyzes a trainee’s treatment responses and provides corrective instructions.

System for Extracting Water from Lunar Regolith and Associated Method Lead researcher:  Phil Metzger ’00MS’05PhD , associate scientist,  Florida Space Institute

This invention is  a method to extract lunar water that aims to drastically reduce the energy and complexity of lunar mining operations  and help to establish the industry. The process consists of robot mining of the regolith (loose, heterogeneous superficial deposits covering solid rock), transferring the mined material to a conveyer, and passing the soil through grinding and crushing stages. Included are mechanisms to sort the material into ice, metals, and other minerals, and final transport and cleanup. This technology allows mining water on the moon, which supports NASA missions, enables further commercial operations in space, and supports Space Force activities.

Inorganic Paint Pigment with Plasmonic Aluminum Reflector Layers and Related Method s Lead researcher: Debashis Chanda, professor, NanoScience Technology Center

This invention, a  plasmonic paint , draws inspiration from butterflies to create the first environmentally friendly, large-scale and multicolor alternative to pigment-based colorants, which can contribute to energy-saving efforts and help reduce global warming.

The plasmonic paint uses nanoscale structural arrangement of colorless materials — aluminum and aluminum oxide — instead of pigments to create colors.

While pigment colorants control light absorption based on the electronic property of the pigment material, hence every color needs a new molecule, structural colorants control the way light is reflected, scattered or absorbed based on the geometrical arrangement of nanostructures.

Such structural colors are environmentally friendly as they only use metals and oxides, unlike pigment-based colors that use artificially synthesized molecules.

The researchers have combined their structural color flakes with a commercial binder to form long-lasting paints of all colors. And because plasmonic paint reflects the entire infrared spectrum, less heat is absorbed by the paint, resulting in the underneath surface staying 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than it would if it were covered with standard commercial paint.

Plasmonic paint is also lightweight, a result of the paint’s large area-to-thickness ratio, with full coloration achieved at a paint thickness of only 150 nanometers, making it the lightest paint in the world.

System and Method for Radio Frequency Power Sensing and Scavenging Based on Phonon-electron Coupling in Acoustic Waveguides Lead researcher:  Hakhamanesh Mansoorzare ’21 , postdoctoral researcher,  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

To meet the growing energy needs of the internet of things (IoT) and wireless communication systems, this new technology is  an invention that can convert radio frequency signals into direct current electricity .

The invention harvests ambient energy, specifically radio frequency electromagnetic waves, the most abundant form of communication among IoT nodes and hubs.

The technology can reduce the electronic industry’s reliance on batteries and broaden the expansion of the IoT and its energy needs.

  • Written by Robert Wells for UCF Today
  • March 14, 2024

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    The Office of Honors Research (OHR) is located in the Burnett Honors College. OHR houses the Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) program. Current and prospective students are invited to fill out the Request for Contact form or email [email protected] (the preferred methods) to request assistance. Our phone number is (407) 823-2076.

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