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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2024 College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their research projects in a poster format. Research may have been performed as part of a course, an Honors Thesis, a project sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry or an independent project conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Presentation of projects that are in progress or in the early stages of development is also encouraged.

The symposium provides participants with excellent preparation for future presentations in both educational and professional settings. Students who are not currently engaged in research projects are also encouraged to attend to learn more about student research within the College of Natural Health Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry.

CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium 2024

When: Friday, April 26, 2024
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Where: Vaughn Center Crescent Club, 9th floor
Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024 

Keynote Speaker: Albert Manero, Founder and CEO of Limbitless Solutions

Albert Manero is the executive director of Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit research facility for the University of Central Florida. Limbitless Solutions is an engineering innovation facility designing
multi-gesture bionic limbs for children and adults. The team designs and manufactures artistic and personalized bionics, that maximize both expression and function. Partnerships with hospitals around the country enable devices to be provided and evaluated through clinical trials.

He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The University of Central and holds research collaborator appointments at both UCF and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Albert was a Fulbright Scholar to
Germany during his doctoral research, and completed the Mirzayan science policy fellowship with the National Academy of Engineering. His research looks to advance the field of bionics while leading the mixed-learning laboratory for interdisciplinary student research at UCF. Check out the Limbitless video.

Time: 2-3 p.m.
Where: Trustee Boardroom, Vaughn Center, 9th floor
Title: Applying Interdisciplinary Research to Solve Big Challenges

Please direct questions to Eric Freundt at

View the 2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium program.

Poster Presentation

Time: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Crescent Room, Vaughn Center, 9th floor

UT College of Natural and Health Sciences faculty members will serve as judges to evaluate the quality of the research presented by students. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top presentations at the end of the poster presentations.

The posters will be judged by faculty based on the following criteria:

  1. Clear focus or central research question/problem statement
  2. Sound research methodology
  3. Clear presentation of results/product/performance or expected outcome and ability to answer questions
  4. Progress on the project to date
  5. Contribution to the field or discussion of the potential impact

Suggested Presentation Guidelines

The purpose of the poster should be to engage audience members in a discussion of the research. The poster should be no larger than 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Easels with boards will be provided to display the posters. Posters should have a title and list of authors and their affiliations at the top. The body of the poster should be self-explanatory and include an appropriate balance of text and graphics in describing the research project or activity. Graphic components may include data tables, graphs, photographs or diagrams and should be labeled to communicate their significance.