Below is information about upcoming activities and opportunities sponsored by a variety of groups on campus. If you have questions about this information, you can follow up with those entities using the links below.

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In-Unit Excellence Awards and Reach for the Stars Awards Open
This year, the UCF plans to continue its annual program for the In-Unit Excellence Awards and Reach for the Stars Awards. Award announcements and information on eligibility, the application process, criteria and deadlines for each program are available at:
Please contact the resource person identified on the award procedural documents on the Faculty Excellence website for further information on specific award programs. All Excellence Award applications are due to college deans by January 7.

In-Unit and Non-Unit Pegasus Professor Awards Open
Faculty Excellence is pleased to announce this year there will be a non-unit Pegasus Professor Award. This award is similar to the in-unit Pegasus Professor award however, it is for non-unit faculty who meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more here
Applications are due to Faculty Excellence by January 7.

New Women Faculty Spring Mentoring Community
Are you a new woman faculty member at UCF? If you’ve joined the UCF community in the last four years, you can apply for the spring 2019 New Women Faculty Mentoring and Networking Community. Led by Dr. Linda Walters, this community will help you navigate important aspects of academia to ensure your career at UCF is successful. Learn more:

2019 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence Applications Open
Applications are open now and will be due February 11. New this year: We’re holding a third poster session, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. specifically for students who are working on, or have completed, research project and creative projects as part of a course. Please contact us if you would have any questions about having your students participate.

Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) Abstracts due January 16
The Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) is a poster forum open to all undergraduate researchers. The deadline to apply is January 16th. This year's event will be at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL on February 22nd – 23rd. Students accepted may apply for a FURC Presentation Travel Award through Undergraduate Research (due February 4th).

Research Intensive Course Designation Information Sessions
Do students participate in the research process in one or your courses? If so, please consider applying for the RI course designation (due January 25). RI Information Sessions will be held in TCH 201 on December 3 (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.), and December 12 (1 – 2 p.m.), as well as several times in January —no RSVP required. More information regarding submissions requirements can be found on the OUR website. Contact with questions.

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on the last Wednesday of the month for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to and we will help to spread the word.

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Lei Zhao
College of Engineering and Computer Science Lei   Zhao Enthusiasm is the key to the success of an engineering educator. My enthusiasm in engineering and teaching, which propelled me through many years of hard work in pursuit of knowledge and excellence, enables me to instill the same enthusiasm in my students and guide them towards a rewarding career in engine...

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes
College of Arts and Humanities Cecilia Rodriguez  Milanes Ilove teaching. For me the classroom is aplace of excitement, energy, challenge and beauty. Many educational philosophies have influencedmy pedagogy, the most important of which is a student-centered and dialogicapproach. I strive to empower students,challenging them to become better critical thinkers, r...

Amanda Groff
College of Sciences Amanda  Groff With differing learning styles, varied background knowledge, and biases, but that these diverse perspectives can actually enrich the learning environment. As such, my role is to create a virtual classroom in which this sharing of learning and discovery flourishes. A strength of the virtual classroom is its ...