University Scholars Program 2015-2016


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. A competition is held each spring within participating colleges for the University Scholars awards of a $1750 stipend. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project during the 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. Only 200 students from all disciplines are selected through a competitive process to participate in this program.


There are eligibility requirements for the USP Program. To participate, you may not be graduating before May 2016. Additional eligibility requirements for these awards are determined by each college. This would be the college of the person who will serve as your research mentor, not your home college. To check out these requirements, click here.

Requirements to Participate

For the 2015-2016 University Scholars Program, students will conduct research during the 2015-2016 academic year. Upon completion of the project, students must write a properly formatted research paper which must be submitted to the UF Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR) or other scholarly journal for publication. If selected, students must attend an orientation session at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, March 18, 2015.


Applications for the University Scholars Program must be submitted no later than February 11, 2015. Applications can be found here. In addition to your applicant and faculty advisor information, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A 1-page typed summary of your proposed research project
  2. Letter of Support from a Faculty Mentor
  3. Resume

Steps to Apply

  1. Seek out and identify a faculty member that is conducting research in an area of interest that would be willing to mentor you during the fall and spring semesters. To learn more about how to locate a research project, go to
  2. Prepare a 1-page summary of your proposed research project with the assistance of the faculty member.
  3. Obtain a letter of support from the faculty member, stating that the mentor agrees to supervise the project and any other supporting information to assist the mentor’s department in choosing its funded projects.
  4. Prepare your most recent resume.
  5. Submit your University Scholars Program Online Application by the deadline.




List of Events

There are several bibliographic/citation management programs. To learn which is best for you and to see a complete listing of workshops to teach you how to use them, go to for available sessions and locations at the campus libraries

Fifth Annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference

Open to all Undergraduate Students in the State of Florida

February 27-28, 2015, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Abstracts will be accepted Oct. 1, 2014 - Jan. 7, 2015. We will take a bus of presenters so be sure to register early to get a seat!

University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium

Open to all University of Florida Undergraduate Students and required of all USP Scholars. March 18, 2015. Details will be posted soon.



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