Vice Provost: Cynthia Young
Senior International Officer and Chief Global Strategist: Barry Morris
Assistant Vice President: Nataly Chandia
GB, 407-883-2337; Fax: 407-882-0240
UCF Global is the organizational division on campus dedicated to international outreach and opportunity. Its quest is to transform lives by providing access to high impact, international experiences across the UCF and global community and to serve as a model of excellence for innovation, partnership, and services. This is accomplished in part through the administration of UCF Abroad and the English Language Institute, along with multiple compliance units offering support services to international students, faculty, and staff.
Additionally, UCF Global facilitates compliance with federal immigration regulations and provides immigration advising and assistance to the international students and scholars at the University of Central Florida. UCF Global also works with UCF departments to facilitate the hiring of international faculty and staff, process H-1B employment visas, and ensure tax compliance on payments made to international vendors.
Support is provided to the international population on campus in its adjustment to a new academic and cultural environment by providing a wide range of services and programming. Services include: admissions guidance, interpreting immigration regulations, explaining employment options, issuing travel authorization signatures, and end of year tax filing guidance. Programming includes: orientation, welcome week activities, employment and tax workshops, holiday celebrations, and International Education Week events. From orientation to graduation, UCF Global strives to enhance the overall educational experience at UCF for its international students and scholars and to increase cultural awareness and understanding on campus.
UCF Abroad provides access to high impact, international experiences for students interested in studying or interning outside the United States as a portion of their degree program. UCF Abroad participants are exposed to new environments, new customs, and in many cases new languages in an effort to broaden their perspectives and develop the skills necessary to set them apart in the global workplace. Self-discovery, self-confidence, and cultural awareness are a few of the additional benefits to studying abroad. UCF Abroad also works with external program providers to open up options for students in all disciplines and all desired destinations.
The two main types of programs administered by UCF Abroad are Short Term Programs and Reciprocal Student Exchanges.
Short Term Programs provide the maximum amount of exposure to a subject in the shortest period of time. These programs are often the most cost-effective option for students and meet all academic criteria for UCF coursework. Courses delivered as part of these short-term programs can be delivered as a complete module within themselves or as a complement to a course delivered on campus. Often led by a UCF faculty member, examples of past short term programs include the following: Intensive language programs in Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Taiwan; Tropical Marine Biology in Honduras; International Business in France and Spain; Criminal Justice in Costa Rica, Russia and the United Kingdom; Education in the United Kingdom; International Gastronomy in France and Italy; and Art in Italy.
Reciprocal Student Exchanges (RSEs) provide UCF students with the opportunity to become a student at a university abroad for a full term or even an entire academic year. A longer term abroad allows for a more extensive experience in the host country. RSEs require greater personal commitment, maturity and organization. Therefore, they are offered to UCF students who have attained at least a junior status and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Past university partners for RSEs have included: Griffith University, Australia; MODUL University in Austria; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hong Kong Polytechnic and Tongi University, China; Universit`e d’Angers, ICN School of Business and Paris VI in France; Meikai University in Japan; Tilburg University in the Netherlands; Jonkoping and Malardalen universities in Sweden; and University of West England and University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
Interested participants are encouraged to reach out to UCF Abroad staff for additional questions or to begin their program enrollment. By visiting one of our qualified staff members in our offices, students can get further assistance in choosing their program, understanding their requirements, and receiving advice on the cost and/or academic credit implications of studying abroad. For up-to-date information, please visit http://www.studyabroad.ucf.edu or call UCF Abroad at 407-882-2300.
English Language Institute
Since 1987, the University of Central Florida’s English Language Institute (ELI) has served as a home away from home for thousands of international students who want to study English in the United States. People from all over the world join the ELI because of the high-quality intensive English programs, a world-famous location, and high-impact cultural experiences. The motto of the ELI is: “Learn. Connect. Continue.” Students gain the English skills necessary to communicate and operate in the United States. During their time here, they connect with a diverse community of international students in a beautiful American city. After completing their studies at the ELI, students continue onward by pursuing higher education at UCF and advancing in their careers with a strong command of the English language.
The Intensive English Program at ELI is a course of study designed to improve the English language skills of prospective undergraduate or graduate students at UCF. The English Language Institute also hosts non-academically bound individuals interested in improving their English skills for personal or professional development. This five-level program includes Grammar, Reading, Writing, Communication Skills, and English testing preparation.
ELI believes in the importance of extra-curricular activities as a method for students to apply their English language skills outside the classroom. These events also serve as a way for students to experience the culture of the United States. Each semester, ELI hosts weekly activities for students such as excursions to theme parks, local sporting events, business tours, beach trip, volunteer gatherings, and more.
If you or someone you know would like to get involved with the English Language Institute, please email the ELI at email@example.com or call 407-823-5515.
Division of Continuing Education
Director: Todd Freece
Innovation Center, 3280 Progress Drive, Suite 700, Orlando, FL 32826;
407-882-0260; Fax: 407-882-0266
The Division of Continuing Education serves as the unit within Academic Affairs for the centralized administration of continuing education at UCF. In partnership with the academic, business, and professional communities, the Division of Continuing Education provides local, state, national, and international clients with high quality, affordable, credit/noncredit educational programs and services. The Division also offers services to support conferences, meetings, and summer camps. Continuing Education clients include students, working professionals and job-seekers, domestic and international businesses, and local, state and federal governments.
Special Tuition Programs
Associate Director: Kallie Reyes
University Towers, 12201 Research Parkway, Suite 101, Orlando, FL 32826;
407-823-3654, Fax: 407-823-1399
Cost Recovery Programs
Cost Recovery programs are graduate and undergraduate programs offered by Colleges/Departments which are significantly different from an existing degree program offered at the institution. Programs may be offered online or off-campus. Tuition and fees are based on the actual cost of administering each program. State funds are not used to facilitate the programs. Programs receive University approval and are operated through UCF’s Continuing Education Division. Support for Cost Recovery programs and students enrolled are provided by a program manager and success coaches.
Market Rate Degree Programs
Market Rate programs are Graduate degree programs offered by Colleges/Departments which are significantly different from an existing degree program offered at the institution. These programs may be offered online or off-campus and are driven by the market needs. Tuition cost is based on the market rate of similar programs nationally and is determined by a market study of three to five similar programs. Programs receive approval from the Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors. State funds are not used to facilitate these programs, funding is based on the revenues collected. The Market Rate programs are unique because they are market driven, and because of the individual support and attention students receive from a program manager and success coaches.
Division of Teaching and Learning
In collaboration with UCF’s colleges and units, the Division of Teaching and Learning enables the university to become a role model and national leader for transformative teaching and learning as well as faculty and student success. The division fosters an integrative approach to learning (Quality Enhancement Plan), offers high impact academic experiences (Undergraduate Research, pipeline programs, learning communities, Experiential and Service-learning, and Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising), and facilitates transformative teaching and learning (Faculty Center and Operational Excellence and Assessment Support).
Academic Advancement Programs
Director: Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries
Academic Advancement Programs (AAP) prepares UCF students – particularly underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation college students – to pursue advanced degrees. AAP works in collaboration with faculty, staff, local, and national partners to provide a range of graduate school preparation programs and services. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of initiatives designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of the graduate school application process, graduate funding, summer research programs, and fellowship opportunities.
AAP coordinates the McNair Scholars Program that assists participants in gaining admission to graduate programs leading to a doctorate. They also oversee the UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) that provides undergraduate students interested in pursuing advanced degrees with research experience and the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor.
Director: Melissa Dagley
EXCEL strives to increase the number of students receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines from UCF. This learning community focuses on enhancing EXCEL students’ experience during the first two years of college through improved student learning in math and science courses, block housing shared by STEM-focused students, a tutoring center, and early engagement in research experiences. EXCEL participants also work in cohorts, making it easy for them to team up with study partners in required courses that may have several hundred students.
Director: Jason Jude Smith
Experiential Learning (EL) provides students with opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world settings. In collaboration with UCF’s colleges and faculty, employers, and community leaders, EL prepares students for academic and career success through experiential learning courses, such as internships, co-ops, and service-learning opportunities. The team provides a full complement of services that range from vetting potential internship and co-op experiences to one-on-one guidance. Additionally, EL also supports the creation, delivery, and continued improvement of service-learning courses at UCF.
Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Associate Dean and Executive Director: Melody Bowdon
The Faculty Center staff and resources support faculty and student success at UCF. The many programs they offer are co-designed with faculty and provide opportunities to improve the effectiveness of teaching, to meet and share ideas about increasing student engagement and preparing students for their future lives and careers, to develop course and program materials, to learn about innovative pedagogies and classroom technologies, and to develop research and professional enrichment plans. Our office hosts three major faculty development conferences each year as well as a variety of semester-long programs and several one-day events. We create and distribute a number of publications and offer one-on-one consultations, department-focused trainings, and other services.
Operational Excellence and Assessment Support
Assistant Vice President: Patrice Lancey
Operational Excellence and Assessment Support (OEAS) supports UCF’s efforts to improve the quality of student learning outcomes and the effectiveness and efficiency of university operations through assessment and analytics. OEAS contributes to data-driven decision making across all academic programs and administrative units through integrated processes that include continuous quality improvement, analytical and survey studies, technology integration, and guidance in assessment. OEAS also acts as independent external grant evaluators for various state and federal grants and works with the principal investigators to assure that the evaluation and research components of the grant are aligned to yield meaningful information
Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising
Director: Erin Myszkowski
Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL Advising) guides and supports students interested in pursuing careers in the health and legal professions that require academic study in professional school settings beyond the baccalaureate degree. PHPL Advising’s mentors guide students through the multiple aspects of their preparation and application, with the ultimate goal of helping each student become a competitive professional school applicant.
Assistant Dean and Director: Kimberly Schneider
Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty and to engage in academic research, scholarship, and creative work. Participating in undergraduate research prepares students for success in graduate or professional school or their career. OUR provides peer advising and a “How-To” workshop series for students interested in research, as well as those who want to make the most out of their research experience. Students also have the opportunity to present their work at an annual on-campus research showcase and UCF’s Undergraduate Research Journal.
Quality Enhancement Plan
Director: Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a component of UCF’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Each QEP involves developing and executing a university-wide, multi-year initiative seeking to improve student learning outcomes. The mission of UCF’s current Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation, is to prepare our graduates to successfully enter and participate in the next steps of their professional and civic lives. What’s Next seeks to help students plan for their futures post-graduation: to not only set goals but to identify the knowledge and skills necessary to reach those goals. The initiative encourages students to connect their classroom knowledge and skills to real-world contexts and, thereby, to develop the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from one context to another. Finally, this initiative promotes opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences, to communicate their knowledge and experiences, and to develop the ability to successfully advocate for themselves in their lives beyond the university.
National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS)
Director, Special Programs and Events: Suzi Katz-Slowinski
BA2 113; 407-823-3555
Vision: to create worldwide social justice through the power of sport.
Mission: The mission of the NCAS is to use the power of sport to effect positive social change. We educate and empower individuals and organizations by inspiring values-based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality.
Diversity and Inclusion
We believe diversity and inclusion serve as a catalyst to promote fairness, equity, and justice.
At the NCAS, we harness the power of diversity and inclusion to capitalize on individual and collective strengths and help teams, staffs, and organizations reach their full potential. Respect and appreciation of difference are the founding principles of diversity and inclusion. As advocates of fairness and equality, the NCAS hopes to build a global awareness and cultural competence through the power of sport. We strive to be on the cutting edge, proactively working to understand who is being excluded.
Education has the power to transform lives and empowers people to make a difference.
The NCAS embraces the principle that everyone has a right to be educated, and has a duty to use what is learned to improve society. Since its inception, NCAS member institutions have offered opportunities for athletes to complete their degrees even after eligibility has expired. In addition to our advocacy for traditional education, the NCAS educates and empowers people by raising awareness of social justice issues and by offering strategies and solutions for overcoming them.
The NCAS is committed to peace and justice by raising awareness and developing strategies for dealing with social justice issues world-wide.
The NCAS aims to provide the education, tools and strategies for dealing with these issues and empowers individuals to take action for those without a voice. We challenge sports leaders and athletes to embrace leadership roles by supporting everyone’s basic human rights, and confronting all forms of discrimination, hate, and violence, while advocating for those who are underrepresented.
Ethical and Moral Leadership
The NCAS’ unshakeable vision for sport driven social change demands that we challenge ourselves, and others, to aspire to the highest standards of ethical and moral behavior.
Ethical and moral actions are the foundation that enables individuals, organizations, and leaders to gain leadership credibility. The beliefs and actions of leaders have significant impact on their respective organizations and, as such, effective ethical and moral leadership blends humility with determined professional will. The NCAS’s ambitious goals for sport driven social change can only be accomplished through tireless commitment to ethical and moral behavior. Thus, we dedicate ourselves to advocate for ethical and moral leadership through the power of sport.
The Power of Sport
The global impact that sport has on society reminds us that teamwork and unity transcend the fields of competition, and has the irrefutable power to positively change people’s lives.
We apply the lessons of “the huddle” to illustrate how divergent interests and beliefs can unite under a shared vision and common goal. We believe sport has an immense impact on societies across the globe. Sport has been known to galvanize communities large and small. By harnessing this power and public influence, the NCAS continues to promote social change domestically and around the world. Changing lives through the power of sport.
Institutes and Centers for Research
Dick Pope, Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies
Director: Abraham Pizam
9907 Universal Blvd., Suite 231-A Orlando, FL 32819;
Associate Director: Robertico Croes
9907 Universal Blvd., Suite 231-D, Orlando, FL 32819;
The purpose of the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies is to improve the quality of the tourism product while increasing the benefits of tourism for the industry, state of Florida, and local communities. The Institute involves itself in a variety of research projects and educational programs. Research includes the collection, development, and dissemination of information relevant to the tourism and hospitality industry in the areas of: marketing, consumer behavior and visitor satisfaction, feasibility studies, economics, motivation, and forecasting. Some of the Institute’s patrons include tourism promotion agencies at the state and local levels; tourism development commissions; professional associations; and private enterprises such as attractions, hotels, resorts, restaurants and other food-service establishments, ground and air transportation companies, travel agencies and tour operators, and other related businesses. The Institute devotes significant efforts to educating the public about the tourism industry on state and international levels, as well as its contribution to the social and economic welfare of the community at large.
Executive Development Center
Executive Director: Robert Porter
Associate Director of Degree Programs: Robin Hofler
407-235-3913; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Director, Executive & Professional Development Programs: Mireya Cortes
407-235-3912; Email: email@example.com
The University of Central Florida College of Business Administration is proud to serve as a partner in executive education to the local, state, national, and international business communities. The Executive Development Center was established to provide quality executive education programs to both individuals and organizations.
The Center helps professionals from all industries become more dynamic leaders, more effective managers, and more valuable team members. Corporations benefit from participating in executive education programs by developing more productive and resourceful workforces that can meet the challenges of today’s changing marketplace and tomorrow’s opportunities.
The Center serves as a valuable resource in executive training and development by offering graduate degrees and non-degree programs that address critical issues for managers and business leaders. These programs are offered in a variety of formats suitable for any individual or corporation through:
- Executive MBA Program
- Professional MBA Program
- Professional Master of Science in Management/Human Resources
- Professional Master of Science in Management/Business Analytics
- Professional Master of Science in Real Estate
- Open-enrollment Executive Workshops
- Custom Corporate Programs
Florida-Canada Linkage Institute
Director: Mark Hartman
407-823-3647; Fax: 407-823-2526
The Florida-Canada Linkage Institute was created by the Florida legislature to foster educational, commercial, cultural and social exchanges between Canada and the State of Florida. The Institute, administered by UCF Global, promotes international collaboration through expanded public/private dialogues on cooperative research and technical assistance, cultural exchanges, the enhancement of language training, and student/faculty exchange programs. The Institute administers the Out of State Tuition Fee Exemption Program that is available for Canadian students to study in Florida state universities and Florida College System institutions for the same tuition and fees as Florida residents. The awards are limited to 25 FTE and are competitive.
Florida-Eastern Europe Linkage Institute
Director: Mark Hartman
407-823-3647, Fax: 407-823-2526
The Florida-Eastern Europe Linkage Institute was created by the Florida legislature to foster educational, commercial, cultural and social exchanges between the countries in Eastern Europe and the State of Florida. The Institute, administered by UCF Global, promotes international collaboration through expanded public/private dialogues on cooperative research and technical assistance, cultural exchanges, the enhancement of language training, and student/faculty exchange programs. The Institute administers the Out of State Tuition Fee Exemption Program that is available for students from Eastern European countries to study in Florida state universities and Florida College System institutions for the same tuition and fees as Florida residents. The awards are limited to 25 FTE and are competitive.
The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida
Director: Marilyn Crotty
407-882-3960, Fax: 407-882-3968
The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government is part of the College of Health and Public Affairs. The institute serves as a valuable resource for local government information and provides the public sector and nonprofit entities the highest quality training, technical assistance, facilitation services, conference planning and coordination and administrative services to improve Florida’s communities.
Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at UCF
Regional Director: Eunice Choi
3201 E Colonial Drive, Suite A20, Orlando FL 32803 (Located in the National Entrepreneur Center);
The Florida SBDC at UCF is part of the statewide Florida SBDC Network which is designed to promote economic development by responding to the needs of the small business community. The FSBDC, as part of the Office of Research and Commercialization at the University of Central Florida, serves eight counties in the Central Florida area including the central office in Orlando and ten satellite offices located at Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Seminole State College, Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce, City of Palm Coast, three Lake County Business Opportunity Centers and Sumter County’s Office of Economic Development. Assistance is provided through no-cost individual consulting, training & workshops and access to market research resources. Areas of specific attention for small businesses include:
- Pre-Venture/ Start-Up
- Market Expansion & Revenue Growth
- Business & Strategic Plan Development
Additional programs for leaders of growing businesses are also offered as follows: Advisory Board Council, CEO XChange, Export Marketing Plan Services, Growth Acceleration Services, Small Business Institute®, and Strategic Workshop Series, in addition to two special programs of Government Contracting Services [Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)] and Small Business Re-source Network (SBRN).
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
Director: James Fenton
1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa FL 32922-5703;
The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), UCF’s energy research and education institute, was established in 1975. Located on the Cocoa campus of UCF and Eastern Florida State College, FSEC has gained national and international respect for its public and private partnerships, focusing on: solar energy, energy-efficient buildings, hydrogen and fuel cells, electric vehicles, smart-grid research, and testing and certification of solar equipment. The Center conducts continuing education and training programs for professionals, government and industry leaders around the world, in addition to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities for the future energy workforce.
Florida Space Institute (FSI)
Director: Ramon Lugo
Florida Space Institute, PO Box 160650, Room 214 A, Orlando, FL 32816-0650;
407-823-6172; Fax: 407-823-6359
The Florida Space Institute provides unique, practice-based educational opportunities, combined with space science research and the resources to design, build, and test small satellites, instruments, and payloads. Using these resources FSI supports UCF and other member schools, as well as other educational and commercial customers. FSI provides opportunities for student involvement in real-world space programs. FSI is a State of Florida Institute headquartered at UCF, but has 10 member schools statewide. FSI is located at Research Park, Orlando, which is adjacent to the UCF main campus. Typical research areas include small satellite innovations, planetary science, instrumentation development, space weather, and space power, driving engineering solutions with science requirements.
FSI hosts one of the nine US research teams of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), called the Center of Lunar and Asteroidal Surface Science (CLASS). The teams participating in the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) will address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners. FSI’s faculty are also leading a NASA mission called Global Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD). GOLD will fly an ultraviolet (UV) imaging spectrograph on a geostationary satellite to measure densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere.
FSI conducts its educational activities through the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC). FSI administers FSGC, a NASA sponsored state wide higher education program, led by the UCF. Through FSGC, FSI provides opportunities for students to participate in hands on space related projects like the Hybrid Rocket Competition, Florida Undergraduate Satellite Design Competition (FUNSAT), senior design projects and participation in NASA competitions. FSGC also provides fellowships, scholarships, internship and research experiences for students.
Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)
Director: Randall Shumaker
Partnership II & III, 3100 Technology Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826-0544;
The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) was established to conduct research and develop technology that advances the state of the art in affordable and effective human-centered simulation capabilities and training systems. In April 1985 a State of Florida resolution recognized the institute as part of a Center of Excellence for Simulation and Training. Driven by a proven record of research achievement, IST has developed unique qualifications and is positioned to provide the enabling technologies and technical talent necessary to research new ways to model human activity, improve human-agent interaction, and educate the next generation of scientists and professionals.
IST laboratories, work space, and administrative offices occupy major portions of the Partnership II and III buildings located in the Central Florida Research Park, adjacent the UCF campus. The park also is home to major simulation and training agencies from all branches of the U.S. military. The institute is a research and academic arm of the world’s largest concentration of simulation and training for industry, government, health care, and entertainment.
IST’s research staff of more than 200 scientists, engineers, and students conducts basic and applied research for a broad range of training devices and programs. Research teams focus on applied research and technology, human/systems integration, and information systems technologies. Research areas include:
- Multi-resolution simulation
- Virtual, mixed, and augmented reality
- High performance computing
- Human-machine interface, robotics
- Computer-generated forces
- Mathematical foundations
- Application development
- Information management technology
- Human factors psychology
- Team training and team performance
- Cognitive science
- Augmented cognition
- Medical-related simulation
- Embedded simulation
- Advanced performance technology
- Human performance in healthcare
- Behavioral cybersecurity
IST actively assists UCF in the development of simulation-related curricula. First in the nation with a master’s degree in simulation systems, the university in collaboration with IST also offers a truly multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation. Both master’s and doctoral programs accept applications from graduate students in computer science, digital media, psychology, engineering, mathematics, business, and other related disciplines. Also available at the graduate level are the Modeling & Simulation Professional Science Master’s degree, a two-year course of study providing a combination of technical and business courses, and the Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation of Technical Systems, which requires fifteen or more credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and is beneficial to technical professionals involved with constructing and using simulation models of dynamic systems.
The institute annually employs more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of research and support positions. For many outstanding graduates, work experience at IST becomes a launching pad to a career in the simulation industry. A significant number of existing professionals, both in government and industry, enroll in modeling and simulation graduate and certificate programs to continue their advanced education and hone their research skills.
The institute includes in its efforts development of research projects with potential commercial applications and adaptation of military technology to civilian markets. IST communicates the results of its research through seminars, conferences, publications, and workshops. In cooperation with UCF, the University of South Florida, and University of Florida, and with considerable participation from area industry and economic development organizations, IST promotes economic growth in the modeling and simulation industry throughout the Central Florida High Tech Corridor.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
President and ORAU Councilor for University of Central Florida: John C. Hitt
ORAU Corporate Secretary: Monnie E. Champion
Since 1989, students and faculty of University of Central Florida have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAO). ORAU is a consortium of 96 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in a number of programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are specially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing on these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at http://see.orau.org, or by calling the number above.
ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the ORAU Events Sponsorship Program, the ORAU Travel Grants Program and the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students.