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. Scholarship 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.

Submit Your Proposal Now!

Are you ready to submit your proposal for the 2020 Graduate Research Forum? Complete our Proposal Application Form today! Please ensure that you have read all requirements below before making a proposal submission.

2020 Important Dates

December 9, 2019: Applications Open
February 10, 2020: Application Deadline
Early March: Students notified by email of proposal acceptance
March 16, 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
Poster Judging 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Open Viewing of Posters 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Oral Presentations – Cape Florida 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 2020 term. Projects submitted must be research conducted as part of a UCF graduate program or class supervised by UCF faculty/instructors. Students may only submit one proposal as the primary author for the Graduate Research Forum.

Presentation Format
Participants will need to select the presentation format when submitting their proposal and can only present in one format (oral or poster) per year. Once proposals 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. Co-authors are permitted for poster presentations, but a student should be listed as the primary author on only one proposal submission (see poster requirements below for additional information).

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 Formatting and Requirements

Suggested Format

Because students from a wide variety of graduate programs participate in this event and because formatting styles can vary greatly by discipline, no specific layout or sections are required. Participants are free to format their poster in any way they would like or according to their adviser’s recommendations. Please note that while content format is flexible, all posters must still meet the requirements listed below.

However, posters are typically comprised of visual and textual content, such as tables, graphs, images, and citations, and convey information succinctly. Since posters are a common format for presentations at academic conferences and symposiums, participants may want to review examples from these events or seek out formatting examples from professional organizations in their discipline.


Oral Presentation Requirements

Judging Process

Judges for the Graduate Research Forum come from across the UCF community. Ensuring that your project is designed for an audience of educated non-experts (i.e. professors in other departments) is a good practice when preparing your presentation. The following criteria will be used by Graduate Research Forum judges to award scholarships for exemplary presentations.

Poster Presentations

Poster judges will be paired up in teams and each team of two judges will have a group of presentations to evaluate. Judges may divide the reviews as they wish, meaning presenters may only see one judge. However, each judging team will come together to choose one winner from their group.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentation judges will be paired up in teams. Each team of two judges will have a group of presentations to evaluate and each judging team will choose one winner from their group.

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:

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.

See All 2019 Participants and Their Abstracts