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The University of Central Florida’s Office of Undergraduate Research invites students to develop and share their academic expertise by publishing original scholarship in the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal.

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Call For Submissions

The Fall 2016 Submission deadline is September 16th. We are still accepting submissions on a rolling basis: student research articles, essays, and adapted thesis projects are eligible for submission.

Fall 2016 submissions should expect to receive a publication decision in the fall and have their manuscript published in the spring if revisions are returned in a timely manner. The URJ will still have rolling submissions outside of the Fall 2016 deadline; however, we cannot predict decision and publication dates for rolling submissions.

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We offer consultations on how to take your research and present it in manuscript format. Email or call with your questions.

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The University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal’s mission is to showcase articles of exemplary works from a wide range of student scholarship in all fields.The journal seeks outstanding research submitted by undergraduate students who have been involved in faculty-mentored research projects and activities related to scholarship.

Publication Format

The UCF URJ is published online at, as well as in PDF format to allow for on-demand print publication. Additionally, manuscripts published in the UCF URJ are cataloged through EBSCO host. EBSCO is an internationally recognized research database which provides access to thousands of journals and articles. Inclusion in the EBSCO database provides even greater opportunity to showcase and disseminate the research conducted by UCF's undergraduate students.

UCF Libraries Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to Tayler Truhan for her University of Central Florida Libraries Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. This award is given to the research study judged most outstanding in each volume of the UCF URJ. To read her award-winning study "Parentification in Deployed and Non-Deployed Military Families: A Preliminary Assessment," see Volume 8 Issue 1.

In This Issue

Perceived Locus of Control in the Children of Military and Civilian Families Affected By Deployment and Divorce

By: Rebekah Kanefsky | Mentor: Dr. Sandra Neer

Mexico in 1999: Taking Back the UNAM

By: Jared Muha | Mentor: Dr. Ezekiel Walker

Mathematical Modeling in Law and Political Science: Learning from Public Health

By: William Butler | Mentor: Dr. Zhisheng Shuai

Parks as Places of Public Solace: The Perception of Parks after 9/11

By: Ryan Hammond | Mentor: Dr. Peter Jacques

Small Mammal Response to Gunnison's Prairie Dog Reintroduction

By: Melissa Ariella Paduani | Mentor: Ms. Stephanie Baker

When Moms Say Bad Words: Family and Peer Influence on the Frequency of Swearing

By: Emily Simpson, Joshua Duarte, and Brianna Bishop | Mentor: Dr. Chrysalis Wright

Forthcoming Articles

The Impact of Crown Conch on Intertidal Oyster Populations in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida

By: Casey Craig, Courtney Buck, Chelsea Landau, Jordan Filipponi | Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Get Started in Undergraduate Research


Workshop: Get Started in Undergraduate Research


Workshop: Find & Apply for Summer Off-Campus Research Opportunities


Workshop: Find & Apply for Summer Off-Campus Research Opportunities


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