The Florida Undergraduate Research Association

Promoting and supporting undergraduate research

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About Us

FURA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of research and creative activity across all disciplines. FURA promotes the creation of new undergraduate research opportunities and unites like-minded faculty and administrators across the state to support this high-impact educational practice.

 

FURA EDI Statement:

FURA’s purpose is to promote the understanding of research and creative activity across all disciplines and unite like-minded faculty and administrators across the state to support this high-impact educational practice. FURA recognizes that equity, diversity, and inclusion are important to our mission to promote research and creativity at the undergraduate level and amongst undergraduates.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarly activity can increase creativity and productivity amongst our members, but also provide a safe environment for our members to do so. FURA affirms our commitment to broadening participation in higher education and to being an agent to create an equitable and just community of scholars. As members of the FURA, we support persons of different backgrounds including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, different faiths, gender identities, and cultural identities, and expect persons attending our events to uphold the same standards. In our efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion, we require persons attending our events to abide by our code of conduct.

FURA Code of Conduct:

The Florida Undergraduate Research Association (FURA) is committed to providing an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas with equal opportunities and respect provided to all participants.

It is the policy of the FURA that all participants, including students, faculty, campus administrators, attendees, vendors, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at FURA events will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is respectful and welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, or retaliation. FURA is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all participants. Creating a supportive environment to enable discourse at FURA meetings is the responsibility of all participants. 

Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and safe professional environment at FURA events. Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as: age, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to: inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, online threats, real or implied threat of physical harm, physical assault, and stalking. FURA will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind at any event or on social media platforms (Twitter, conference chat functions, etc.). FURA reserves the right to exercise judgment and act appropriately in response to unacceptable behavior, including removal of participants from the event without prior warning or refund of the registration fee; contacting of event security or local police; and notifying participant’s sponsoring college or university. FURA also reserves the right to prohibit attendance in any future FURA events, in-person or virtual, should the need arise.

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Benefits of Undergraduate Research

Participating in undergraduate research and inquiry prepares students to learn to work independently, overcome obstacles, and the importance of ethics and personal conduct in the research process.