Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award

sydney morton holding a turtle

Congratulations to May Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher, Sydney Morton!

Sydney’s project is the first study to document a disease called Ranavirus in sea turtles. Sea turtles are known to harbor a variety of diseases such as the well-studied infectious tumor disease Fibropapillomatosis (FP) which has other viral associations. Sydney aimed to investigate whether Ranavirus is present in green sea turtles with and without FP. Using juvenile green sea turtle samples taken from the Indian River Lagoon by the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group, she quantified the prevalence and intensity of Ranavirus using qPCR in skin, tumor and blood. Sydney suggests taking advantage of OUR and all of the opportunities that they can provide for you! “OUR is such a great and supportive resource in beginning your undergraduate research journey.”

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Participants in the Summer Research Academy will: Learn about the nature of university research and how it can expand your undergraduate experience. Meet with research faculty and other students active in research. Explore research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UCF. Prepare professionally for…
Summer Research Academy (SRA) is a fast-paced, 3-day event in July. It is a 1-credit course (IDS 3913) that runs during Summer B term, but most of the work will be completed during the event in July. SRA is ideal for…
Applications for Summer funds due Mar. 25. Applications for Fall funds due Jun. 24. Application and submission details can be found here: https://academicsuccess.ucf.edu/our/research-grants/

Summer Research Academy

Get Started in Undergraduate Research!

Summer Research Academy (SRA) is a fast-paced, 3-day event in July; ideal for students who want to begin research in the Fall! SRA Students will:

  • Learn about the nature of university research and how it can expand your undergraduate experience.
  • Meet with research faculty and other students active in research.
  • Explore research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UCF.
  • Prepare professionally for future research, internships/careers, and advanced degrees.
  • Earn 1-credit hour for completing the Introduction to Research (IDS 3913) course.

Applications close JUNE 1! Apply now!

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