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GRF Submission Form and Criteria

The UCF Graduate Research Forum is April 4, 2017 (open to the public beginning 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom).

Forum Selection Criteria:

  1. Completed online application.
  2. Abstracts with no more than 250 words.
  3. Faculty mentor/adviser endorsement.

Students will be notified by email in early March 2017 if their proposal has been selected for presentation at the Graduate Research Forum.

Originality of Submissions:

While papers may have previously been presented or published, the submission should be the original work of the author(s). If the presented paper is a result of a collaborative student-faculty project, it is expected that the majority of the research to be presented was completed by the graduate student. 

Primary Author and Co-Authors:

To promote broad participation in the Graduate Research Forum, an individual may only appear as primary author on one proposal. However, additional co-authorships will be permitted. Only the primary author will be recognized for award purposes. Participants must be current actively enrolled graduate students.

Copyright Permission:

Submission of your abstract and/or paper implies your agreement to the following copyright permission statement:

The author licenses the University of Central Florida to publish the paper in the Graduate Research Forum Proceedings and elsewhere as the university deems appropriate. The author retains copyright and retains the non-exclusive right to publish or license this article or any derivative.

Author warrants that he or she has the right under the Copyright Act to grant this license to the University of Central Florida and that no other person has rights in this article which are inconsistent with the author’s power to give this license and this warranty.

Note: If papers have previously been published, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure republication is permitted and to properly document previous publications according to the requirements of the original publisher.

Proposal Submission Requirements:

To submit a proposal, prepare the following for submission:

  1. Name and contact information
  2. Title of Presentation
  3. An abstract of 250 words or less.
  4. Names of co-authors and institutional affiliations (if not associated with the University of Central Florida).
  5. Categories for submissions will be chosen from the following list:
    • Business Administration and Hospitality Management
    • Education
    • Engineering, Computer Science, Modeling and Simulation
    • Fine Arts and Humanities
    • Health Sciences (Clinical related)
    • Life Sciences (Basic Applied Sciences)
    • Mathematics, Optics and Physical Sciences
    • Social Sciences

Submissions must be received online by February 13, 2017 at 5:00pm

Guidelines for Poster Presentations:

Please visit for more information on how to prepare your poster presentations.

Awards Judging Criteria:

  • Clear, Concise Writing: Professional writing style, parallel tense construction, correct sentence structure and grammar, spelling and word usage are appropriate. Writing is neat and reads well. Proper format.
  • Visual Appeal: Is the presentation material presented in a logical and appealing manner? Is the presentation visually pleasing? Is all text clearly readable? Are color schemes and graphics appropriate for the material being presented?
  • Ability to Answer Questions: Can the researcher clearly explain the research being conducted? Can the researcher handle the questions asked of him or her?
  • Understanding of Research: Does the researcher demonstrate an understanding of the literature related to material being presented? Does the researcher understand and adequately justify the methods used in the research? Do the results and conclusions make sense in the context of the research? Is the researcher able to convey information effectively to audience members outside of his or her discipline?
  • Sound Research Methodology and Design: Is the methodology and design of the study appropriate including 1.) Is the sampling procedure appropriate and clearly described with rationale, is the sample population appropriate, is external validity addressed, is there generalizability to the population 2.) Measurement: the defining and structure of measures, reliability and validity 3.) Design: is the design appropriate and procedures clearly present. Is the internal validity addressed?
  • Contribution to the field of Discussion of Potential Impact: Are the suggestions for future research clearly described and appropriate for the field of research?

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