Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship
Research and Scholarship

The Office of Graduate Student Life connects graduate students with many opportunities to not only present their research and scholarship to the UCF community but also develop competencies they will need to excel both as graduate students and future professionals.

UCF’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Graduate research is presented in a novel and exciting way at UCF’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Doctoral and Master’s students communicate their research in just three short minutes and with only one PowerPoint slide to non-expert judges while competing to win scholarship awards.

First developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland in Australia, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities across more than 59 countries worldwide. 

2024 3 Minute Thesis Competition Important Dates:

Application Open: September 3, 2024
Application Close: October 14, 2024
Event: November 14, 2024 @ UCF Student Union

Student Scholar Symposium

The Student Scholar Symposium is a two-day, conference-style poster presentation event for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research and creative scholarship to the UCF community in a poster forum.

Held each spring during Student Research Week, the Symposium is UCF’s premier student research event. For additional information, please see the Student Scholar Symposium webpage. For questions, please email

2025 Student Scholar Symposium Important Dates

Application Open: December 1, 2024
Application Close: January 27, 2025
Acceptance Notifications: February 21, 2025
Student Scholar Symposium Dates: March 25 – 26, 2025

Graduate Writing Groups

The College of Graduate Studies and the University Writing Center are partnering to offer graduate student writing groups. We believe that community and accountability, along with setting achievable goals, play a significant role in completing major writing projects. Past participants have finished proposals, chapters, articles, and have even defended their dissertations!

Read to join a group?

For additional details, please see

For questions about this event, please email

UCF Presentation Fellowship

Traveling to present your research? The Presentation Fellowship is a great opportunity for students who plan to present a research paper or comparable creative activity at a professional conference. This fellowship provides funding for enrolled master’s, specialist, and doctoral students to share their research at a professional meeting. Students must be the primary author and presenter.

Graduate Student Life Workshops

Graduate Student Life workshops are designed to provide graduate students with professional development experiences beyond the discipline and classroom. Students can gain the following research knowledge from workshops: greater awareness of academic integrity expectations, how to obtain external funding and grants, improved academic writing, better research communication and presentation skills, and much more. Please see our Workshops page for information on additional topics.