Student Involvement

Student involvement is an integral part of your UF experience. There are thousands of organizations and involvement opportunities on campus and some great ways to get involved at HHP.


The University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program presents UF undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors while pursuing fundamental research, exploring scholarly inquiry and developing new knowledge. University Scholars will receive a $1,750 research stipend (two payments with $750 in early September 2017 and $1,000 in Spring 2018). Faculty mentors will receive $500. Scholars also have the opportunity to publish their work in UF’s on-line Journal of Undergraduate Research, and will present their research in the University Scholars Symposium.

>> To learn more about the University Scholars Program, please attend the information session on January 18, 2017 from 3:00-3:30pm in FLG 235.

Eligibility and Nominations

Applicants must have at least one more year of undergraduate studies remaining and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. To be eligible, you must not earn your bachelor’s degree before spring 2018. For the 2017-2018 competition, the student can conduct the research during summer and fall 2017 as well as spring 2018. Selected students must register for 0-5 credit hours of Undergraduate Research during Summer A/C, fall 2017 and spring 2018. Please confer with your academic adviser and mentor to determine which research course you should register. The instructor of record for these courses will be the faculty mentor identified in the application. Students will be evaluated on their progress toward research goals and the agreement of expectations.

HHP Nominations should include:

  • 2017-18 USP Application
  • A resume, not to exceed two pages
  • A letter of support from the faculty supervisor (mentor) including a statement noting if human and/or animal IRB training is required
  • Research problem statement, rationale and significance of the study (maximum 1 page)
  • Appropriate human or animal subjects protection training certificate (see below)
  • Agreement of expectations: The mentor and student must determine the expectations of the University Scholar. This agreement should indicate expectations for summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017. Expectations may include number of hours, products/outcomes of this research opportunity, working with other team members, submission of conference abstract, etc. (maximum 1 page)

Submission/Nomination packets are due by Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:00pm to Sarah Eberhart in FLG 200 (Dean’s office suite).
Questions? Email seberhart@hhp.ufl.edu.

Selection Process

A maximum of five HHP University Scholars, distributed across the Departments of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology; Health Education & Behavior; and Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management will be selected. Awardees must attend and participate in all University Scholar Program activities that are sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research.

Students selected for USP must register for the appropriate number of credits hours for the Undergraduate Research course in their department. Please consult your faculty mentor for the appropriate number of credit hours (can register for 0-5 credits per term). Students must speak to a HHP academic adviser to register for the appropriate undergraduate research course. Click on one of the links below for more details:

Presentation of Research Projects

Awardees must submit a final paper and present at the University Scholars Symposium during Spring 2018.

Animal and Human Subjects Protection

Working with your mentor you will decide if you should complete the animal and/or human subjects protection training/certification program.

>> Additional information at www.scholars.ufl.edu


HHPeers: Mentor/Mentee Program

About the Program

The HHPeers Program aims to match new students (mentee) with an upperclassman (mentor). Mentors will be able to help the mentee adjust to life at UF, offer advice on a variety of topics, based on their own personal learning experiences (i.e. where to live off campus, places to find employment as a student, campus resources, classes they enjoyed taking, reminders of academic deadlines, ONE.UF). The main goal of the program is to create a family-like atmosphere at HHP and help connect the students to the college as soon as they arrive. The selected upperclassmen will officially serve as a mentor for the academic year. It is the program’s hope that the mentor-mentee relationship will continue beyond the academic year.

Who is eligible to be a mentor?

Interested students must be a rising junior or senior in an HHP major with a 3.0 minimum UF GPA.

Who is eligible to be a mentee?

Any freshman or first-semester transfer student who has chosen a major within the College of Health & Human Performance.

Application Process

FOR MENTORS:

  • Interested upperclassman must complete the HHPeers MENTOR application with a copy of their current résumé. We are looking for candidates who are responsible, hard-working, outgoing, warm, friendly and have a strong passion for service to others.
  • Time commitment: academic year Fall 2017–Spring 2018. Mentors should be prepared to meet with each mentee a minimum of 3 meetings per fall/spring term.
  • Applications must be submitted to the HHP Dean’s Office (FLG 200) by September 15, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Mentor Responsibilities | Once selected, a mentor should...

  • Be familiar with the needs of new students
  • Develop rapport with the mentee through regular meetings/interactions (a minimum of 3 meetings per fall/spring term)
  • Be accessible and willing to assist the mentee (via email, phone or text)
  • Serve as an academic role model

FOR MENTEES:

  • Any freshmen or first-semester transfer student who has officially declared an HHP major. This program is on a first-come, first serve basis. The number of mentees accepted into this program will be based on the availability of mentors.
  • Students interested in being mentees should complete the HHPeers MENTEE application by September 15, 2017 at  4:00pm. Completed applications must be submitted to the HHP Dean’s Office (FLG 200).

 Program Guidelines

  • The Office of Academic & Student Affairs will make sure mentors adhere to the rules of appropriate conduct with the mentees.
  • Applications will be reviewed with mentor/mentee assignments made by late September. Mentors/mentees will be assigned by the Office of Academic & Student Affairs. Both the mentor and mentee will be notified via email of their selection and assignments.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Eberhart (seberhart@hhp.ufl.edu) with any clarifications or questions regarding the HHPeers Mentor/Mentee program.


Undergraduate Research

The primary purpose of this course is to provide the student an opportunity for involvement in supervised research experiences. “Research” is operationally defined here as mentored, but self-directed work that enables individual students or a small group of students to explore an issue of interest to them and to communicate the results to others. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, discovery, or application, depending on the topic and mentor. The student will be aware of how her or his project fits into and contributes to solving the larger problem to which it belongs. The student will usually assist a faculty member with a research project by helping to prepare the study and contributing in a meaningful way in meeting the objectives of the study. The student may also work with graduate students who are performing research supervised by a research faculty member.

Opportunites and requirements differ by department. Click on a link below for more detailed information: