University Scholars Program

The University 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 $1,750 stipend split between the fall and spring 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 University Scholars Program serves as an exceptional capstone to the academic careers of UF students.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All undergraduate engineering students in good academic standing are eligible for consideration.
  • 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.
  • Preference may be given to students with Junior or Senior status. (If you’re a Freshman or Sophomore, click here for information on the Emerging Scholars Program)
  • For the 2020-2021 University Scholars Program, students will conduct research during the 2020-2021 academic year via Fall, Spring, and/or Summer terms (you must not earn your bachelor’s degree before May 2021).

Application & Selection

  • Students apply for the University 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 University 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 University Scholars consideration.  Final decisions will be made with every effort to allocate available positions across all engineering departments.

Timeline
October 1 to January 24, 2020 – students apply for University Scholar positions
January 31, 2020 – Faculty Nomination Deadline
February 14, 2020 – Student Selection Deadline and Notification

Selected Students

  • Must attend an orientation session at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Must register for ENG 4912.
  • Participate in undergraduate research  for 2-3 consecutive terms:  Summer 2020/Fall 2020/Spring 2021 or Fall 2020/Spring 2021
  • Will receive a $1,750 stipend disbursed in two phases: $750 for fall 2020 in September 2020 and $1,000 for spring 2021 in April 2021.
  • Complete all prescribed requirements per the UF Center for Undergraduate Research at http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/ (i.e. research papers, journal submissions, publications, etc.).
  • Present at the 21st Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium, TBD March 2021.

2017-2018 University Scholars Selections

2018-2019 University Scholars Selections

Contacts
Anne Donnelly
Director, Undergraduate Research
427 Yon Hall
University of Florida
adonnelly@aa.ufl.edu
352-846-3222

Jennifer D. Moses
Assistant Director
202 Newell Hall
University of Florida
jmoses@aa.ufl.edu
352-273-2653

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

Brittany Boyer
Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Research
201 Weil Hall
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida
brittany.boyer@ufl.edu
352-294-7915

Resources
University Scholars Program
http://www.scholars.ufl.edu

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
http://www.cur.org

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/