The Graduate Student Center provides a space for graduate students to gather for professional development, workshops, rehearsal of presentations, final defenses of their thesis or dissertation research, guest lectures and colloquia series, study, and collaborate.
Located in Suite 146 Colbourn Hall, the Graduate Student Center is just minutes from the Student Union, Bookstore, Library, and Millican Hall services, and down the hall from the University Writing Center. The Graduate Student Center contains four main areas: multipurpose study and collaboration area, presentation room, conference room, and study and data analysis rooms.
Graduate Student Center Fall Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Study and Collaboration Area (entrance to Graduate Student Center, Suite146) – This comfortable, inviting space is a great place to talk with other graduate students, work in small groups, take a break or catch up on some reading. The room is furnished with couches, tables and chairs, and a 60” TV/DVD with presentation capability and offers wireless access and laptop outlets. This space can also be used for open discussions and refreshments following presentations or thesis and dissertation defenses.
The multipurpose room may be reserved for graduate events that require a networking or mingling of participants (for example, a reception for a guest speaker or other UCF visitors, a celebration honoring your graduate students for their achievements). If you wish, you may bring refreshments or arrange for catering (note that the Graduate Student Center does not have a refrigerator, sink, or food preparation area, utensils, or appliances). You may rearrange the sofas, chairs, and tables, if needed, but please return the room to its original arrangement when your event is over. Maximum capacity for this room is 55.
The Presentation Room (Suite 128) is available for any graduate student to reserve to practice presentations and thesis and dissertation defenses. In addition, it will host professional and academic development workshops and seminars as well as a series of ethics workshops for graduate students. With seating for 38 in a standard classroom setting, this room has audiovisual equipment necessary for presentations (teaching console, screen, ceiling-mounted document camera and speakers, Blu-Ray player, back wall camera to record presentations, and software to integrate images). This room also has recording capabilities to provide good feedback to presenters who may be practicing and also to record presentations for future reference. Make your reservation request at least one week in advance.
The Conference Room (Suite 128A) is available for any graduate student to reserve to host meetings with their committee for thesis and dissertation defenses. Graduate student organizations may also reserve this room for their meetings. With comfortable seating for 14 around a traditional conference table, this room has video conferencing equipment (65” TV/DVD, two cameras, a ceiling-mounted microphone, Polycom software) to facilitate long-distance participation in UCF graduate student presentations, as well as participation in presentations and research projects hosted by other institutions. Make your reservation request at least two weeks in advance. Use of video conferencing requires a test session about two weeks prior to your meeting.
The Study and Data Analysis Rooms (Suites 128B and 128C) feature 12 computer workstations with specialized software for statistical analyses, creating publication-quality figures, and other software to help support graduate students conducting and presenting their research. All PC computers have Microsoft Office 2010, Origin 8.6, Adobe Master Collection, SPSS, Amos, LaTex, and ArcGIS. Camtasia, ChemBio Office, GAUSS, Interactive Data Language, Mat Lab, Nvivo, SAS, STATA and UCINET6 varies by computer. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduate students may use these study stations on a walk-in basis or reserve a specific computer workstation for up to two hours (renewable if no one else is waiting).