A competition is held each spring within participating colleges for the University Scholars awards. The program will consist of a full summer of research, followed by continuation of the project during the academic year, under the guidance of a faculty member. Each scholar will receive a stipend, for details contact the Center for Undergraduate Research. For more details on the requirements to receive the stipends and other expectations, see Current Scholars.
Up to 205 University Scholar awards will be made annually across the participating colleges. Students are not restricted to their own colleges in seeking out faculty mentors. Students should submit applications to their faculty mentors' departments by Friday, February 15, 2013. Students may apply for a second year of USP support, but preference will be given to those who have not previously held a USP award.
Colleges may set their own timeline for their committees to review applications, so applicants should check their college websites. More information about specific college application requirements is available here
The 2013-2014 application is available here.
Students who have been selected by their Departments as a University Scholars Program recipient, will be notified by March 14, 2013.
Attend the orientation session, as well as view the presentations by current scholars, held at the University Scholars Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Find a mentor
1) Visit the web page of the college that has research related to your area of interest. Often there are faculty biographies on many of the web pages which detail what their areas of specialty are. This can help you narrow your areas of interest and finding a faculty mentor.
2) Contact the college contact or undergraduate coordinator for the department in which you are interested in doing research, for ideas or referrals.
3) Visit the Undergraduate Research database. These projects are submitted directly by faculty who are seeking research assistance, but not all areas are covered. Don't be discouraged if your area doesn't have a lot of representation.
4) Look at the Journal of Undergraduate Research online. Previously submitted papers and winners of the Best Paper Award are listed on the JUR website.
5) Review the lists of previous participating faculty in the University Scholars Program. Each college's page may have more specific lists about areas of research and their interest in working with students in the USP program. The previous lists can give you some assistance.
6) Talk to any professor that you have had in class whose specialty area interests you. Their current or future research may provide you with an opportunity.
Goals and Expectations for 2013-2014 Scholars
1. Conduct research under the guidance, direction, and supervision of your faculty mentor during summer 2013, which may be continued beyond that time frame. The scope of the research project and the expectations your performance are decided between the mentor and the student. If the focus of your project changes, you will need to discuss those changes with your mentor.
2. Maintain a current UF Gatorlink e-mail account in order to get updates about the University Scholars Program. If you are not receiving any e-mail about USP, please e-mail Donna Jackson at email@example.com.
3. Understand that any requirements set by your college are in addition to the university-wide requirements outlined in this document.
4. You will receive your $1,750 stipend in two installments. This award includes a fall stipend of $750, disbursed September, 2013 and a spring stipend of $1,000 (disbursed in May, 2014). Your funds will be disbursed as a scholarship through Student Financial Affairs and may affect any financial aid that you receive; therefore, you may want to contact the Office of Student Financial Affairs to review your financial aid package.
5. Please sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer on ISIS to receive your stipend, if you haven’t done so already. If you do not sign up for EFT, please make sure your local address stays current on ISIS. Otherwise, you may not receive your check when it is mailed to you. If you are an international student, you will have to work with your faculty mentor’s office manager to complete the appropriate paperwork through Tax Services to receive your funds.
6. You must be registered for at least one credit at the University of Florida during Spring and Fall in order to receive your stipends. No exceptions. These credits can be a course you are taking or undergraduate research credits. Some colleges require that you register for specific research credits; otherwise, you are eligible to register for IDH 4917 undergraduate research credit. Please see http://www.honors.ufl.edu/forms/idh4917.pdf.
7. To receive your fall stipend, you must complete a project description and scholar profile and get your photo taken by September 1, 2013. The forms will be available here soon.
8. Faculty mentors will be contacted at the end of the program to evaluate the scholar’s progress and efforts towards the completion of the University Scholars project.
9. For the culmination of research, scholars are expected do the following:
- Submit a paper to the Journal of Undergraduate Research. This paper should be submitted by April, 2014 (Date will be announced soon).
- Present your research at the University Scholars Symposium that will be held on March 27, 2014 at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.
- If the student does not submit to the JUR, and is not submitting to a peer-reviewed journal, then a final report will be due that outlines the challenges and successes of the research project. This paper must be submitted and approved by the faculty mentor. This final report is due to Donna Jackson, 321 Infirmary Building, in April,2014.
10. Students not fulfilling the culminating requirement in #9 can expect a financial hold on their academic record and may be required to repay the stipend for not completing the University Scholars Program.
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