Award Programs

Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award

The Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) is pleased to announce the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award (DURA). This award recognizes outstanding academic research by undergraduates at the University of Central Florida.

Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award recipients receive:
  • A $250 scholarship to recognize their efforts (contingent upon SGA funding)
  • A certificate and an Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) padfolio
  • Recognition on the OUR website and in the Student Scholar Symposium program
  • Acknowledgment of their award in the monthly OUR electronic newsletter

Students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Have at least one complete semester of research experience
  • Be in good Academic Standing
  • Are not a current or previous member of the Student Undergraduate Research Council

Each month, a different winner will be recognized through our newsletter and social media. Applications are due in October and April for consideration. Please note that students are only eligible to receive the DURA once in their undergraduate career. If a student is not awarded the distinction during the semester the student applied, he or she may apply again with an updated application for consideration in the next semester.

After the application is submitted, faculty mentors will be contacted via email automatically and asked to endorse student applications the week after applications close. Applications are reviewed by the Student Undergraduate Research Council (current undergraduate researchers working in OUR) and winners will be notified via email by the end of the semester.

The Fall application cycle has closed. Applications will open again in Spring. 

Mentor of the Year Award

Current researchers are invited to nominate their outstanding faculty mentor for the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC).

Applications open in early Spring. SURC members select the winner of this award and present it at the Research Week award ceremony each Spring.

Other Awards

Scholarships are given to projects at the annual Student Scholar Symposium. This event occurs yearly in the Spring and applications are due in January. Awards include the Judges’ Choice, Peer Choice, and Audience Choice Awards. Only students who apply, are accepted, and attend the Symposium event are eligible. Please visit the Research Week website to learn more about these awards and to see previous awardees.

Research is a crucial component of applying to many of the most prestigious national and international awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Undergraduate Researchers are encouraged to contact the university’s Office of Prestigious Awards to learn more about the different types of opportunities including the Fulbright, Goldwater, and many summer off-campus opportunities.