Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students at the University of Florida to the exciting world of academic research. In the program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method. Selected students receive a $1,000 stipend split two semester terms. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project primarily during fall and spring semesters of the academic year, under the guidance of a faculty member. The Emerging Scholars Program serves as an introduction to undergraduate research for UF students.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All undergraduate engineering students in good academic standing with Freshman or Sophomore status are eligible for consideration.
  • No prior research experience (including in high school).
  • Preference may be given to students considering engineering graduate school masters and/or Ph.D. programs at UF or elsewhere. Students with a minimum 3.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA align with Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Ph.D. graduate admissions standards.  Students with a minimum 3.00 GPA meet UF minimum graduate school admission criteria and Master’s degree potential selection.
  • For the 2018-2019 Emerging Scholars Program, students will conduct research Spring 2018 and either Summer 2018 or Fall 2018.

Application & Selection

  • Students apply for the Emerging Scholars Program through the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Application.  There is a section on the application to indicate if you have interest in the Emerging Scholars Program.
  • Follow all remaining application and selection criteria.
  • Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering faculty determine all final selections for undergraduate student research positions.  Faculty have the option to nominate selected students to the HWCOE Director of Undergraduate Research for Emerging Scholars consideration.  Final decisions will be made with every effort to allocate available positions across all engineering departments.

Timeline
November 17, 2017 – Student Deadline to apply for Emerging Scholar positions
November 28, 2017 – Faculty Nomination Deadline
November 30, 2017 – HWCOE Deadline for Student Selection and Notification

Selected Students

  • Must attend an orientation session scheduled at the beginning of Spring 2018 through UF Center for Undergraduate Research
  • Must register for ENG 4912
  • Participate in undergraduate research  for 2 consecutive terms:  Spring 2018 and either Summer 2018 or Fall 2018
  • A $1,000 award will be disbursed in two payments after completing each semester of research and completing the requirements
  • Complete all prescribed requirements per the UF Center for Undergraduate Research at http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/ (i.e. poster presentation, paper requirement e.g. peer reviewed journal submissions, JUR submission, progress report).
  • Attend the 19th Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium, March 22, 2018; http://www.scholars.ufl.edu/undergraduate-research-symposium.aspx
  • Students can present either at the Fall 2018 symposium or Spring 2019 symposium depending on their second semester of research. This can be discussed at the orientation.

Contacts
Grace Chun
Education Coordinator
Center for Undergraduate Research
University of Florida
gchun@aa.ufl.edu
352-846-3222

Mike Nazareth
Director of Undergraduate Research
379 Weil Hall
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida
mikenaz@eng.ufl.edu
352-294-7914

Resources
Emerging Scholars Program
http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/the-uf-emerging-scholars-program.aspx