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About CIWR


The Center for Interdiscilplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) is a collaborative institution where Daytona State College faculty, faculty from other institutions, students and the community discuss and critique writing and research in the spirit of interdisciplinarity. No methodology is favored over another, no expression of thought - creative, scientific, or otherwise - left unconsidered. We sponsor lectures, workshops, and conferences of scholarly and artistic form. We are advocates for collaboration and cooperation between the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and sciences, and we assert that each of these domains, in part and in union, plays an essential role in conceptualizing and improving the human condition.

For more information, contact Michael Flota at

CIWR welcomes colleagues from across disciplines!

CIWR provides a "working" space for all faculty members who are interested in writing, revising, or exhibiting their work, from conference presentation or publication to multi-media art and performance. Have interest in turning your ideas into an article? Need some feedback on a piece of writing? Want to share strategies with colleagues about publication, performance, or presentations? Would you like to have a roundtable discussion about a particular academic article dealing with current trends or methodologies? Care to give a talk on what you learned from a grant you recently submitted? Scholars from all departments and disciplines are strongly encouraged.

For additional details on the Center for Interdiscilplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) please visit their webpage:


Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference (VURC)

The Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference (VURC) is an annual conference highlighting undergraduate research. The conference is entirely virtual. Undergraduate students in the United States and faculty whose work involves undergraduates are encouraged to participate.

Proposal submission deadline: March 10, 2023 by midnight (PST)

Conference date: April 21, 2023

We’re excited to open up submissions for presentation proposals for our second annual virtual undergraduate research conference. We’re hoping to build on last year’s success by increasing the number of participants and variety of presentations. Check out the FAQ below to address questions you might have about the conference and then submit your own presentation proposal.

For additional details including the proposal submission form, please visit 

Affiliated Publication - Journal of Florida Studies


Journal of Florida Studies is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study and appreciation of Florida. The journal features research articles, but also includes poetry, fiction, photography, and other digital arts. JFS is an outgrowth of the Center for Interdisciplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) at Daytona State College and the Florida Studies Program at the St. Petersburg Campus of the University of South Florida.

You can access the Journal of Florida Studies at