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The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) is committed to providing comprehensive training and support to undergraduate researchers. To that end, the OUR offers an extensive selection of workshops throughout the academic year that focus on skill acquisition and professional development.

Students who want to learn about the research process at USF should attend all three workshops offered in the Getting Started in Undergraduate Research workshop series. Together, these three interactive workshops provide the essential information and skills necessary to search for and successfully obtain a research experience.

For students who want to acquire additional professional development skills the OUR administers the Professional Development Workshop series. Topics include Attending an Academic Research Conference, Demystifying Graduate School, and Developing and Writing a Persuasive Research Abstract. Finally, the OUR conducts several Colloquium Preparation workshops each spring semester in conjunction with the annual OUR sponsored Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium.

Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop

This interactive workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the entire undergraduate research process at USF.

Researching a Mentor and Marketing Yourself

In this interactive workshop students will learn about the importance of mentoring and how to develop research topics.

Working the Problem: Creative Research Skills Workshop

In this workshop students will learn and apply foundational research problem-solving skills necessary across all disciplines.

Working the Problem: Creative Research Skills Workshop

This interactive workshop will engage attendees in the foundation of problem-solving skills which are applicable across all disciplines.

Students who attend this workshop will:

  • Understand the difference between critical and associative thinking
  • Learn how creativity impacts research in all disciplines
  • Discover why the development of problem solving skills are critical to future employment
  • Work in groups to practice creative thinking skills
  • Develop the framework for a research problem statement
Working the Problem: Creative Research Skills Workshop
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Why Humanities Majors are Admitted to Medical School at a Higher Frequency than Biology Majors and Other Things you Should know About Medical Admissions

Interested in attending Medical School? Hear directly from Dr. Pollenz who was faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and has been involved in medical school admissions and taught medical, dental, and pharmacy students. Topics include: What will the new MCAT look like, what is the connection between MCAT and undergraduate GPA,  what types of majors are most competitive, does biomedical research provide an advantage in the admissions process.  All topics are framed in the context of a pre-survey that will be a major eye opener for those thinking there is an A → B → C → process that guarantees admission. Students wishing to attend medical school should make all attempts to take this workshop in their first two years at the university. Come prepared to learn and be open to the reality vs. the myths!

Developing and Writing a Persuasive Research Abstract Workshop

Students will be given advice on the “best practices” for developing an abstract for presentation at a research conference.

Crafting and Delivering an Effective Oral Presentation Using PowerPoint

Students will learn how to construct and present an effective poster for presentation at a research conference.

Developing and Presenting an Effective Research Poster Workshop

Students will learn how to develop and present an oral presentation using PowerPoint.

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