Undergraduate Research for All Students

For the past 13 years faculty, administrators, and professional staff have gathered to participate in a two-day symposium that focuses on supporting and promoting undergraduate research.  All of Florida’s public and private four year universities and state colleges are invited to participate in the annual event.  We are delighted that this year the UF Center for Undergraduate Research will be hosting this meeting. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for interactive and mini presentations as well as panel discussions. We will also have a reception and poster session on Friday night in the Keene Faculty Center.

Abstract submissions will open July 1st and close on September 2nd.

Registration Fee:

$100 for Friday and Saturday

  • Entire Event

$50 Friday only

  • Keynote
  • Sessions
  • Reception and Poster Session

$75 Saturday only

  • Plenary
  • Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Sessions
  • Closing Remarks

Registration opens July 1st and closes on October 1st. Reception, snacks, and lunch is provided.

Featured Guest Speakers

David Fakunle

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Associate Faculty, Johns Hopkins

David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D. is a “mercenary for change,” employing any skill and occupying any space to help elevate everyone divested from their truest self, especially those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Dr. Fakunle serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, and Associate Faculty in the Mental Health department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Fakunle’s interests include stressors within the built environment, societal manifestations of racism, and the use of arts and culture to strengthen health, equity, and ultimately liberation.

Additionally, Dr. Fakunle has applied artistic and cultural practices such as Black storytelling, African drumming, singing and theater in the proclamation of his truth for over 20 years, collaborating primarily with organizations in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region. Among many affiliations Dr. Fakunle is co-founder and CEO of DiscoverME/RecoverME, an organization that utilizes the African oral tradition to empower use of narrative for healing and growth, and serves as Chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first state-level commission in the U.S. dedicated to chronicling and bringing justice to racial terror lynchings.

José V. Ruiz-Resto

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, School of Music
EMMY® Award Winning and GRAMMY® Award Winner

José V. Ruiz-Resto, Ph.D. is an expert in both music and television industries, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz holds the distinction of being an EMMY® Award Winning television music producer and composer, a multi-Latin GRAMMY® Award Nominated artist-producer-mastering engineer, a participating recording engineer and featured artist for a Latin GRAMMY® Award Winning album, a professor and program director at a  Research University, Sony Music recording artist and composer, and an internationally-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and educator known for his passionate performances, versatility, and fluid expression on the flute, saxophone, bass, piano, and Latin percussion.

As a college professor, Dr. Ruiz served as Instructor of Record for numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in commercial music subjects at the University of South Florida. Dr. Ruiz transition to Cleveland, TN to serve as Assistant Professor of Music Business, Production, and Jazz at Lee University. In August 2019, Dr. Ruiz transitioned back to Florida to become the Head of Music Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. His passion is cultivating artistic identity and entrepreneurialism among aspiring professionals to become leaders within the globally-expanding music industry. Dr. Ruiz’s students have become leaders in the music business.


Symposium Schedule

Friday, October 22nd

  11am – 1pm   Registration
  1pm – 1:30pm   Welcome & Orientation
  1:30pm – 2:30pm   Keynote Presentation
  2:40pm – 3:25 pm   Panel Discussions
  3:30pm – 4:05pm   Mini-Presentations
  4:15pm – 5pm   Interactive Presentations
  5:30pm – 7pm   Posters and Reception
  7pm   Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, October 23rd

  8:30am – 9am   Coffee and Conversation
  9am – 9:50am   Plenary Speaker
  10am – 10:50am   Interactive Presentations
  11am – 11:50am   Panel Discussions
  12pm – 12:45pm   Lunch
  12:45pm – 1:30pm   Interactive Presentations
  1:40pm – 2:40pm   Mini Presentations
  2:45pm – 3:30pm   Interactive Presentations
  3:30pm – 4:00pm   Conference Wrap-Up