Graduate Research Forum

Graduate Research Forum

Graduate Research Forum

About UCF’s Graduate Research Forum

The Graduate Research Forum, a part of the Student Research Week, features poster displays and oral presentations representing UCF graduate students from diverse disciplines. The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from judges. Awards will be provided for presentations deemed exemplary.

The 2020 UCF Graduate Research Forum will be held across two days, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Poster presentations will begin at 11:00 a.m. on March 31 and oral presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m. on April 1. All events will take place in the UCF Student Union and will be open to the public.

2020 Important Dates

December 2, 2019: Applications Open
February 10, 2020: Application Deadline
Early March: Students notified by email of proposal acceptance
March 17, 2020: Withdrawal Deadline
March 24, 2020: Poster PDF/Oral Presentation Slides must be submitted
March 31, 2020: Graduate Research Forum (Poster Presentations)
April 1, 2020: Graduate Research Forum (Oral Presentations)


Event Schedules

All presentations open to the public.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Poster Presentations – Pegasus Ballroom
Open Viewing of Posters 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m..

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Oral Presentations – Key West Ballroom

Session 1  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Session 2  11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Session 3  12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
Session 4  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Participant Criteria


Participants must be UCF graduate students enrolled in the spring 2019 term. Projects submitted must be research conducted as part of a UCF graduate program or class supervised by UCF faculty/instructors.

Presentation Format

Participants will need to select the presentation format when submitting their abstract and can only present in one format (oral or poster) per year. Once abstracts are submitted students cannot change presentation format.

Originality of Submissions

While papers may have previously been presented or published, the submission should be the original work of the author. If the presented paper is a result of a collaborative student-faculty project, it is expected that the majority of the research to be presented was completed by the graduate student.

Primary Author and Co-Authors

Only one presenter is allowed for oral presentations, however, additional co-authorships are to be permitted for poster presentations. Only the primary author will be recognized in the event program and for award purposes.

Copyright Permission

Submission of your abstract and/or paper implies your agreement to the following copyright permission statement:

The author licenses the University of Central Florida to publish the paper in the Graduate Research Forum Proceedings and elsewhere as the university deems appropriate. The author retains copyright and retains the non-exclusive right to publish or license this article or any derivative.

Author warrants that he or she has the right under the Copyright Act to grant this license to the University of Central Florida and that no other person has rights in this article which are inconsistent with the author’s power to give this license and this warranty.

Note: If papers have previously been published, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure republication is permitted and to properly document previous publications according to the requirements of the original publisher.

Incomplete Projects

Scholars often present their work before their projects are complete. If you are working on a project for a class, you may not have your final results or final product by early April when the Forum will take place.

Poster Presentation Requirements


A poster presentation is a graphically oriented summary of your research project. It consists of a collection of frames, displayed at eye-level on one side of a freestanding double-sided whiteboard.

Suggested Format

Your poster should be formatted with the following sections

Poster Printing

Students are required to print their own poster. The College of Graduate Studies does not provide printing services. However, some departments do have large-format printers, so inquire with your program for details. Remember, a PDF of your designed poster will be required to be submitted by March 24, 2020. It is highly suggested that you have your poster submitted for printing well before that date.

Campus Options:

Online Option:

Oral Presentation Requirements

Helpful Workshops

Pathways to Success Workshops

All Pathways to Success workshops are held in the Graduate Student Center located in Trevor Colbourn Hall, suite 213.
Register for Pathways to Success workshops through your myUCF Student Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success.
For full workshop details, please see the Workshops Descriptions on the page.

See All 2019 Participants and Their Abstracts