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.

2019 Winners

The 2019 UCF Graduate Research Forum was held on April 5, 2019.  Please see the list of award winners by discipline below:

Mais Al-Jabbawi Education PhD – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Nayoung Kim Education PhD – Counselor Education
Mary Perleoni Education PhD – Counselor Education
Engineering, Computer Science, Modeling & Simulation
Manjyot Kaur Chug Materials Science & Engineering PhD
Corbin Feit Materials Science & Engineering PhD
Golareh Jalilvand Materials Science & Engineering PhD
Emmanuel Okogbue Electrical Engineering PhD
Zachary Untracht Nanotechnology MS
Fine Arts and Humanities
Carys O’Neill History MA – Public History
Health Sciences
Nicolas Clark Education PhD – Exercise Physiology PhD Trk
Kaley Garner Biotechnology MS
Sai Preethi Nakkina Biomedical Sciences PhD
Kyle Reedy Physical Therapy DPT
Lan Anh Truong Physical Therapy DPT
Life Sciences
Nicholas Castaneda Biomedical Sciences PhD
Rebecca Fillyaw Biology MS
Clara Leung Biotechnology MS
Troia Rothaus Biotechnology MS
Ian Will Conservation Biology PhD – Integrative Biology
Mathematics, Optics, and Physical Sciences
John Beetar Physics PhD
Wesley Newsome Chemistry PhD
Chi Hong Yuen Physics PhD
Social Sciences, Business Administration, and Hospitality Management
Lucas Alward Criminal Justice PhD
Lynell Hodge Gender Studies Certificate
Maria Khan Psychology PhD – Clinical Psychology
Matthew Segal Applied Sociology MA
People’s Choice Poster Presentation
Chhaya Chouhan Computer Science PhD
Oral Communication Presentations
Lam An Business Administration PhD – Marketing
Rainier Berkely Physics PhD
Caitlin Brady Criminal Justice PhD
Ryan Challener Physics PhD – Planetary Sciences PhD
James Ferraro Psychology PhD – Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology
James Heidings Biotechnology MS
Christopher Kelley Mechanical Engineering PhD
Angela Mohrman Biomedical Sciences PhD
Ali Ozcan Chemistry PhD
Ahmad Qasem Biomedical Sciences PhD
David Sherer Biology MS
Michael Tadesse Civil Engineering PhD
Xiaoqing Wan Psychology PhD


2019 Important Dates

December 1, 2018: Applications Opened
February 11, 2019: Application Deadline
Early March: Students notified by email of proposal acceptance
March 18, 2019: Withdrawal Deadline
March 25, 2019: Poster PDF/Oral Presentation Slides must be submitted
April 5, 2019: Graduate Research Forum

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 25, 2019. 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