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The 5th Annual Broward Student Research Symposium

Event Date: March 27th, 2015 From 8am-1pm

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Event Date: April 3, 2015 From 8:30am-4pm

FAU Business Plan Competition 2015!

Event Dates: April 8-10, 2015

Marine Biology Summer Course for Undergraduates

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

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OURI Student Workshops-Spring 2015

A variety of workshops will be hosted by OURI Peer Mentors throughout the Spring 2015 semester for students.  Topics will include how to get started in research, research ethics, how to conduct a literature review, and more! New this semester: Video Conferencing will be available to the Davie, HBOI, and Jupiter campuses for ALL Boca workshops!     

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI)

Few activities are as rewarding intellectually as research. In addition to the acquisition of invaluable research skills, students learn how:

  • knowledge is created and how that knowledge can be overturned with new evidence or new perspectives
  • learn how to work independently, how to overcome obstacles
  • the importance of ethics and personal conduct in the research process.

Undergraduate research can take place in every discipline. It is especially common in the life sciences and physical sciences, where an estimated 40 percent of students nationwide engage in research under faculty mentorship, but it is also found in the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts.  

OURI serves as a centralized support office for both faculty and students who are engaged in undergraduate research and inquiry.We offer university wide programs such as undergraduate research grants, the annual undergraduate research symposium, the undergraduate research journal etc. We also support departments and all colleges in their undergraduate and inquiry initiatives. 

OURI Advisory Boards

Distinction through Discovery Committee 2013

OURI is guided and advised by a series of committees comprised of over 70 faculty, staff, students, and alumni representing all colleges and campuses at FAU.  These dedicated committee members establish and guide the vision and mission of OURI in support of FAU's undergraduate research and inquiry initiative. The committees include:

  1. Curricula Committee:  Co-Chaired by Sharon Dormire (Nursing) and James Fowlkes (eLearning)
  2. Co-Curricula Committee:  Co-Chaired by Peter McCarthy (HBOI) and Donna Chamely-Wiik (OURI and Science)
  3. Communications and Marketing Committee:  Co-Chaired by Diego Meeroff (University Marketing) and Donna Chamely-Wiik (OURI and Science)
  4. Assessment Committee:  Chaired by Patricia Heydet-Kirsch (Education) 
  5. Faculty Professional Development Committee: Chaired by Joy Longo (Nursing)
  6. Executive Committee: Comprised of committee chairs, chair of UUPC, and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies

These committees meet individually two times per semester and all committee members participate in an annual Distinction through Discovery Summer Retreat.  


  Our office is located on the Boca Raton campus in General Classroom South (GS-2),  in the Center for Teaching and Learning, Suite 209

Contact us by email at ouri@fau.edu or by phone at 561-297-OURI (6874)

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