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Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) applications due in March.

The Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a signature program that fosters excellence in research and creative activity. The centerpiece of the program is an eight-week research-intensive experience under the mentorship of a Stetson University faculty member. [more]

Application deadline: March 12, 2019


Q&A – Florida Interactive Engagement Academy

Join two students, Daniel Viruet and Bianca Santimaw, as they present on research conducted in summer 2017 at the FIEA. Learn more about how you might become involved with FIEA.

When: Friday, October 6, 2017 – 5:00-6:30pm
Where: Rinker Auditorium of the Lynn Business Center 108
Who:  Open to students of all majors and class levels
Sponsors: Department of Creative Arts and the Office of Career and Professional Development at Stetson University

A Q&A with FIEA Students

Stetson Students Tour DeLand Utility, Learn about Safe Drinking Water | Stetson Today

Stetson students listen as city Lab Tech II, Larissa McCoy, explains the testing requirements for the municipal water supply on Thursday, April 13.

Stetson University students toured the city of DeLand’s water facilities on Thursday, April 13, and learned about the extensive testing and monitoring to ensure safe drinking water for the campus and rest of the city.

The students from a Foundation of Environmental Health Sciences class visited the Utilities Department and learned how the city uses deep wells to pump water from the Floridan Aquifer, treats and filters it, and then monitors it continuously as it’s piped throughout the city.

“Five million gallons of water a day — every day,” said John Stanberry, DeLand Water Production superintendent. “We take a lot of pride in keeping our community in water. … Nobody ever realizes what goes into it, day in and day out. We basically run 24/7.”

The tour came after a class project on water quality testing by Nicole Porther, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor of public health. Porther said her students used test strips for their project, and not sophisticated instruments like what they saw in the city’s testing lab on Thursday.

Follow-up tests by the city of DeLand and an independent laboratory found the water is safe for drinking at Stetson, and meets all state and federal requirements.

“We really are subject to a lot of environmental regulation,” explained Keith Riger, director of DeLand’s Public Services.

Larissa McCoy, city Lab Tech II, went through the lengthy list of required tests and showed students a large binder filled with some of the regulations on tests, duplicate tests and the proper calibration of the city’s lab equipment.

Nicole Porther, Ph.D., talks to students in her class, including Catie Hessler (in green shirt), during a tour of the DeLand Utilities Department. Keith Riger, director of DeLand’s Public Services, listens in the back.

“It gets complicated,” she added.

The students and professor Porther said the tour was informative. “It was nice to see how much they value quality control, which I knew, and that is very important,” Porther said.

Stetson senior Anna Miner said, as a public health major, she was very interested in a discussion about adding fluoride to municipal water supplies, which has been shown to reduce tooth decay in children.

“They did it specifically to help children’s teeth and I think that’s a really nice touch,” said Miner, who will attend graduate school at Tulane University in the fall. “It shows it’s not just science. It’s actually caring about the community.”

Posted on April 14, 2017 at Stetson Today

Stetson Alum to be honored by the Council of Undergraduate Research 

UWM Researcher Sarah Caudill to Be Honored at CUR’s 2017 Posters on the Hill

U Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher Sarah Caudill © 

Sarah Caudill, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will receive the Honorary CUR Fellows Award at an April 26 reception during the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2017 Posters on the Hill event on Capitol Hill. Caudill, a 2006 Posters on the Hill participant, contributed to the discovery of gravitational waves through the Caltech-MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

Posters on the Hill, CUR’s signature student advocacy event, is held in partnership with the American Chemical Society. Accompanied by their faculty mentors, 60 exceptional undergraduates will share their research on April 25–26 with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal government officials, as well as highlight the value of federal investment in undergraduate research.

Said Caudill, “Looking back now, having the ability to participate in undergraduate research at Stetson University and Caltech was the most important factor in determining my future career. It opened up a world of experiences and connections that made the transition into a full-time scientist possible for a small-town girl. I never dreamed that I would be part of the team that confirmed the detection of the first gravitational waves last year. We have now opened the window of astronomical observation into the dark side of the universe to directly see things that we couldn’t before. The detections not only allowed us to see the collisions of black holes for the first time but also provided measurements of the most massive stellar-mass black holes and some of the best tests of Einstein’s General Relativity theory to date.”

Questions about the 2017 Posters on the Hill event may be directed to Lindsey Thomas.

This article is reprinted from the Council on Undergraduate Research

Independent Lab Finds Safe Drinking Water at Stetson

Nicole Porther, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of public health, worked with students in her Foundation of Environmental Health Sciences class to investigate drinking water at Stetson.

Update: The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience will host a “flash forum” on the results of water quality testing at Stetson University on Wednesday, March 29, at the Rinker Environmental Learning Center from 6:30-8 p.m.

At the request of Stetson University, the city of DeLand and an independent certified laboratory tested the water in four buildings on campus and found the water is safe for drinking, and meets all state and federal requirements.

The city of DeLand collected water samples this month from Davis Hall, Flagler Hall, Sage Science Center and University Hall, including from water fountains and bathroom sinks, and sent the samples to the independent Pace Analytical Services’ laboratory. Those tests showed the samples meet all standards for safe drinking water, said Keith Riger, director of DeLand’s Public Services. [Read Article at Stetson Today]


10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

You are invited to participate in the 10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Florida.  Last year faculty, administrators, and academic staff members from 24 institutions across Florida participated in this event.

When: October 27-28, 2017
What10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

Keynote: Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, George Mason University.  The title of her keynote presentation is “Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research through the QEP.”

The deadline for presentation abstract submission and registration is September 8, 2017 (opens in mid-June).  Please visit www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu for symposium details including the tentative schedule and previous event programs.

For details contact Kimberly R. Schneider at OUR@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125

Florida Research Development Networking Group

The Florida Research Development Networking Group website is now live.  Research development administrators from all major Florida universities and research institutions participate in the Florida Research Development Networking group.  The group informs on key research strengths and research events of state-wide interests, and provides support for these initiatives with the goal to enhance competitive inter-disciplinary research.  Members share best practices for attracting and managing research funding and implementing strategies to support collaborative research.

Visit the website to view Stetson University’s Research Profile

Training Professionals to Prepare STEM Undergraduates for Research – NSF-sponsored workshop

screenshot-2016-11-03-12-57-33Training Professionals to Prepare STEM Undergraduates for Research

June 15-17, 2017, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Priority Application Deadline: December 9

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What: A three-day professional development event hosted by the University of Central Florida designed to disseminate educational tools and strategies for implementing several types of undergraduate pre-research courses. 27 positions are available.

Where: University of Central Florida; Orlando, Florida (June 15-17, 2017)
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Call for Submissions: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference

2017 Florida Undergraduate
Research Conference

Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL


Abstract Deadline: JANUARY 11, 2017

Conference registration runs from October, 2016 through January 23, 2017 for early registration rate (late registration until February 6, 2017).

For more information, visit www.furc.org

Over 350 undergraduate students from across the state of Florida will display their research and creative activities.  FURC has become known as a great event to showcase these students to graduate recruiters.  Please email furc@fau.edu with questions.