Some of the state’s best graduate students came together April 22 for the third ever Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium at the University of Florida. The University of Central Florida had eleven students showcase their research and creative projects, with two UCF students even taking top honors in Life Sciences and Engineering categories.

The symposium an initiative of the Florida Council of Graduate Deans, aims to promote the important role graduate education plays in driving new knowledge and the economy in Florida and beyond.

Those who participated were able to earn bragging rights for their top research projects in the state, as well as provided them with opportunities to share scholarly research and to network and discuss possible research collaborations with other students and faculty in the state of Florida.

Nearly 70 graduate students representing eight universities from across Florida displayed their research through poster presentations. Students had already earned top marks in their category from their own respective university graduate research competitions. First and second place certificates were awarded in each of the seven categories: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences.

UCF graduate students that competed in the Symposium were all winners from this past year’s Graduate Research Forum. Abigail Woltering in Life Sciences and Khurram Soomro in Engineering were awarded as first place winners.

Congratulations to all of our students who represented UCF at the Statewide Research Symposium, and congratulations to our winners.