Thursday, August 27, 2015

Career Resources at UCF

Connect Students with Career-Related Resources, Services, and Events

·       Fall Career Expo: Students have the opportunity to network with more than 200 employers recruiting for internship, career, and employment opportunities. This year’s Career Expo will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 10:00am to 3:00pm, in the CFE arena. Employers attending include Amazon, Deloitte, Harris Corporation, Leidos Engineering, Lockheed Martin Corporation, NextEra Energy, Inc., Symantec, and Texas Instruments.  

·       Employment Bootcamp: Students have the opportunity to prepare for the Fall Career Expo and on-campus recruiting season by attending Employment Bootcamp on Wednesday, September 16, 12:00pm to 3:00pm in the Pegasus Ballroom. Employers will be providing resume critiques and helping students create and practice their elevator pitch.

·        Practice Interview Program: Students are able to hone their interview skills through completing a 30-minute practice interview with an employer. Employers include Black & Veatch, PepsiCo, TravelClick, Inc., and the U.S. Navy. The program is on Tuesday, September 15, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, in CSEL. RSVP required.

·        Job Shadowing Program: The award-winning Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to job shadow over semester breaks. Students interested in participating in the Fall Program (December 16-18) should register by Sunday, October 11.   

·       Employer Lunch and Learns: Students are invited to enjoy a free lunch and learn about a relevant career or professional development topic through this employer-led lunch and learn program. RSVP required.   

·         On-campus recruiting (OCR): The Fall 2015 on-campus recruiting season begins on Wednesday, September 30. Students and alumni are able to apply for on-campus interviews with employers using their KnightLink account.

·         Career Services Workshops: Students are invited to participate in career development workshops presented by Career Services staff throughout the fall semester. The full schedule is located at

·         Employer Information Sessions: Career Services hosts a number of employer information sessions during the academic year. Event details are listed in KnightLink and can also be found at

Support Ongoing Career-Related Initiatives

·        Employer Engagement: I am available to work with employers who contact you and are interested in recruiting UCF students. I can help employers post jobs, set up information sessions, conduct on-campus interviews, register for career fairs, plan student site visits, etc. Please feel free to refer employers directly to me and/or provide them with this menu of recruiting events/services options at UCF.  

·        Presentations: From 10-minute presentations about Career Services to 50-minute presentations on topics such as resume writing and interviewing, I am available to deliver a variety of presentations to classes. Here is an extensive list of topicsIf desired, I can also invite employers.

·        First Destination Data: This survey assesses the employment and career related outcomes of UCF graduates. The results are available to all faculty and staff via the OEAS Knowledgebase. You may view outcomes for the university, the college, and programs as well as compare your college/program to the aggregate information of other colleges/programs. To receive access to the database, please email

I am eager to explore ways that I can collaborate with your Department in connecting your students with employers and in serving your students’ career development needs.
Please feel free to contact me with questions and I look forward to working with you this academic year.


Jessie Carter
Assistant Director, Employer Relations
College of Engineering & Computer Science
College of Optics & Photonics
Career Services, University of Central Florida

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Photonics Lecture Series

In order that new graduate and undergraduate students may become familiar with the research program going on in CREOL, and also to learn about any opportunities for students to becoming involved in research, we are introducing a seminar series, “Introduction to Research at CREOL” in which UCF’s Optics faculty will give brief (25 minute) talks about research in their groups.

While primarily aimed at students who are looking for a research group, all students are strongly encouraged to attend.  Also first year grad students on a CREOL graduate fellowship are required to attend.

The seminars will take place every Tuesday and Friday lunchtime for the first few weeks of the fall semester, beginning Friday, August 28 at noon. 

The schedule for the first two seminars is as follows:
Friday, August 28, noon – 1 PM:
Aristide Dogariu - Photonics Diagnostic of Random Media
Eric Van Stryland – Nonlinear Optical Materials Characterization

Tuesday, September 1, noon – 1PM:
Pieter Kik - Nanophotonics and Near-field Optics
S.T. Wu – Liquid Crystal Displays

Subsequent talks in the series will be announced soon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Undergraduate Research Award

Hi Students – if you have conducted undergraduate research apply for this!

Aug 11, 2015 to Sep 11, 2015
Audience: Students
Keywords: DURA, OUR
The Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) is pleased to announce the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award. This award recognizes outstanding academic research by undergraduates at the University of Central Florida. Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award recipients will receive:
·         A certificate, an OUR padfolio, and a small scholarship (contingent upon funding) to recognize their efforts
·         Recognition on the Office of Undergraduate Research website
·         Acknowledgment of their award in the monthly OUR electronic newsletter
·         Recognition at the 2015 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

Applicants must be a current UCF undergraduate student and involved with research for at least one complete semester and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Students can apply for this award by completing the application form at with mentor endorsement and submitting a 1-2 page resume/CV. Applications are due September 11, 2015.

Contact person: Tammy Brushwood
Phone: 407-823-3125
Posted By: Tammy Brushwood