Student Opportunities and Resources

Opportunities Sponsored by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR)

  • Writing and Rhetoric Symposium

Each Spring DWR hosts an upper-division Writing and Rhetoric Symposium, a day of conversations during which students and faculty in our upper-division programs can see the work we’ve been up to, hear from guest speakers, learn new concepts and strategies for developing civic and professional communication skills, and identify additional ways to get involved in relevant co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Our 2015 Symposium theme was “Engaging Your Worlds.” You can download the program for this version here, and see pictures and posts about it at our department Facebook page.

If you plan to attend graduate school in Rhetoric and Composition or a related area and/or if you want to teach writing, you might consider applying to become a peer tutor in the University Writing Center, which offers UCF students free writing consultations. You can find more information about how to become a tutor here. If you are interested in this opportunity, send an email to UWC Director Dr. Mark Hall (RMarkHall@ucf.edu) expressing your interest, or ask another faculty member to write a brief email recommendation to Dr. Hall in support of your application. If accepted, you will be given a permission code to enroll in ENC 4275 Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing, a 3-hour course that you must take to become a tutor but that would also count for your Writing Practicum requirement for the B.A.

  • Pi Epsilon Pi, Pegasus Chapter

With a faculty sponsor, students in the major can form a chapter of Pi Epsilon Pi, a national writing honor society, founded by Loyola in 2006. Students in this chapter can assist with the Writing & Rhetoric Symposium each Spring. Our chapter does not yet have a website, but you can find out more about the national organization here.

  • Rhetoric Society of America Student Chapter

With a faculty sponsor, students in the major can work with graduate students in the M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition to form a student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA). Students in this chapter can assist with the Writing & Rhetoric Symposium, along with other events. The UCF student chapter does not yet have a website, but you can find out more about the national organization here.

Overseen by Professor Debbie Weaver and implemented by an editorial team from students in her ENC 3351 Writing for Publication courses and additional editorial interns, IMPRINT is a Web-based magazine publishing nonfiction writing and multimedia projects by students at UCF.

UCF Support Offices and Events

Note: See the Job and Graduate Opportunities page of this website for job preparation offices and resources.

Website that overviews and links to UCF’s various academic support services and resources.

Hosts Blackstone Launchpad, Startup Bootcamp, Startup Sandbox LLC, and various business competitions.

Professors and students associated with this center conduct research in four areas: democracy and civic engagement, sustainability, collaborative governance, and diversity and inclusiveness. The center also hosts the Walking School Bus event and AmeriCorps VISTA and certification programs for the international public administration community.

Rosen College’s branch of OSI.

Other Student Organizations

See the UCF Office of Student Involvement’s (OSI’s) Directory of Registered Student Organizations. See also KnightQuest for the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a student leader about ways to get involved.

FTC is primarily intended for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the technical communication field, although students from all majors can join. FTC works closely with the Orlando Central Florida chapter of the national Society for Technical Communication (STC). FTC also has a Facebook page.

Club for students interested in web design.

UCF chapter of national honor society for English majors.

  • Ed2010

UCF chapter of national community of students and young professionals interested in becoming magazine editors. You can find the UCF chapter’s Twitter page here and learn more about the national organization here.

  • Graduate Writers Association (GWA)

Sponsors networking and professional development opportunities for literary writers. Organization does not have a website, but you can learn more here.

  • National Communication Association Student Chapter

UCF’s chapter does not have a website, but you can learn more about the chapter here and about the national organization here.

  • Lamba Pi Eta, Sigma Eta Chapter

National honor society for communication studies majors, sponsored by he National Communication Association. UCF’s chapter does not have a website, but you can learn more about the national organization here.

  • Kappa Tau Alpha

National honor society for journalism and mass communication majors. UCF’s chapter does not have a website, but you can learn more about the national organization here.

UCF chapter of American Advertising Association, for students interested in advertising, public relations, and marketing.

UCF chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, for students interested in advertising and public relations.

UCF chapter of chapter of international pre-law fraternity.

Affiliated with the American Collegiate Moot Court Assoication, this organization hosts and prepares students for the annual UCF Moot Court Invitational. This organization also has a Facebook page.

Sponsored by the Philosophy Department but open to any student, this organization hosts and prepares students for the annual UCF Ethics Bowl.

UCF’s intercollegiate team policy debate program.

UCF’s intercollegiate speech (forensics) and parliamentary debate program.

Collegiate entrepreneurship organization.

UCF chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student organization.

UCF chapter of national professional business fraternity.

UCF chapter of national professional business fraternity.

UCF chapter of national organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

This organization also has a Facebook page.

Network of students partnering with nonprofit and social sector organizations on short-term, solution-oriented projects.

UCF chapter of international honor society for educational professionals.

  • UCF R.E.A.D.S. Orlando

A service organization dedicated to the promotion of children and adult literacy through education and community involvement and awareness.

UCF chapter of international hospitality and tourism honor society.

UCF chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

UCF student alumni association.

 National Professional Organizations

This organization holds a national conference each year.

“Space for peer writing tutors/consultants or anyone interested in collaborative learning in writing centers to blog with their colleagues from around the world.”

This organization sponsors FTC and hosts workshops, podcasts, networking and job search opportunities, and other events. The national STC organization offers additional resources and holds a national conference each year.

  • American Fundraising Association, Orlando

This national organization has an Orlando office and Facebook page. You can learn more about the national organization here.

One of five regional affiliates of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

 State and Area Professional Organizations

Educational, support, and networking organization for writers of all genres. The Orlando group has a separate blog and meetings.

Support, workshop, and networking group for literary writers.

Network of technology industry startups.

Network of practitioners promoting agile software development methodologies.

 Research and Leadership Opportunities

The Burnett Honors College hosts the HIM program which offers UCF juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn Honors distinction on your diploma. You would work with faculty in the major to produce an independent thesis on a topic of interest to Writing, Rhetoric, and/or Literacy Studies. See the website for eligibility, requirements, and deadlines. This opportunity could be especially beneficial if you plan on applying to graduate or professional school.

The Office of Undergraduate Research sponsors a range of research programs, including the McNair Scholars Program, the Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP), and the Summer Research Academy. See this page for more information about the research position database, presenting your research, publishing your research, research workshops, travel awards, and other.

If you are a first-time-in-college student, you might consider applying to become a LEAD scholar. This is a selective, two-year leadership development program for students committed to academic excellence and making a difference in the world around them.

An advisory council that supports UCF student organizations, KORT offers a leadership development program.

 Publication and Editorial Opportunities

Electronic journal that publishes research in all fields written by undergraduate students who have been involved in faculty-mentored research projects and activities.

Peer-reviewed electronic journal featuring undergraduate research in Writing and Rhetoric.

Interdisciplinary electronic journal publishing student work in Technical Communication, Writing and Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum. The Fall issue each year features undergraduate research.

Referred journal that publishes essays, multimedia work, reviews, and “snapshots of writers” by undergraduate students. The journal considers thought-provoking pieces from any disciplinary perspective that explore questions and problems related to writing, rhetoric, reading, pedagogy and teacher-training, literacy broadly conceived, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing.

Student literary organization sponsored by the English department’s creative writing programs.

Web newspaper for UCF students.

UCF’s first student newspaper, established in 1968.

Web magazine for college women.

Web magazine for UCF students, sponsored by the Nicholson School of Communication

Additional Opportunities for Civic Engagement and Service

See Volunteer UCF for a range of service opportunities, including Alternative Spring Break, Knights Give Back, and a range of other service opportunities organized by issue.

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