HHP Pulse Student Newsletter: January 4, 2017

Published: January 4th, 2017

Category: Current Students, News and Events Feed, Pulse Newsletter

The Pulse Newsletter

January 4, 2017: In this issue


  • Student Government (SG) Academic Advising Survey
  • Register for Undergraduate Research
  • 2017-2018 University Scholars Program Application Open
  • Spring 2017 Degree/Graduation Application Deadline: Jan. 27
  • HHP Academic Advising Hours/Availability


  • Gators in Motion – Info Session


  • Inclusive Fitness and Unified Sports Volunteers
  • Youth Combine Volunteers
  • 2017 MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program
  • 2017 Projects for Peace
  • TRSM Summer A 2017 Study Abroad Programs
  • 2017 UF Global Health Case Competition
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
  • Want to go to Greece and Study the Olympics?
  • Spend your Spring Break in Cuba and Earn Credit!

Student Organizations

  • Become a CURBS Ambassador
  • Undergraduate Public Health Association First Meeting: Jan 11


SG Academic Advising Survey
You should have received an e-mail from the Student Body President urging your participation in the Undergraduate Academic Advising survey. Your participation in this survey is incredibly important, as it will help us as advisors learn how we can better improve your academic advising experience.

The survey should take about 5-10 minutes. Should you participate, your feedback will provide invaluable information and help us achieve preeminence in academic advising.

Undergraduate Academic Advising Survey

If the link above doesn’t work, you can cut and paste the following into your browser: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_74BnrUmMKfkJz5X

If you have any questions, please contact Student Government at Assessment@sg.ufl.edu.

Register for Undergraduate Research
All undergraduate students pursuing research in the college must register for the appropriate course (APK/HSC/LEI 4912) through their departmental academic advisor. This provides you with formal recognition on student transcripts and on faculty assignments for these activities. Students who need to reduce their exposure to excess hour charges may register for the zero credit option if they are enrolled in any other credit-bearing course.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please consult your research lab supervisor or click here for more information.

2017-2018 University Scholars Program Application Open
The University Scholars Program presents University of Florida 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 $1750 research stipend. 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.

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.

To find out more about USP, attend the information session on January 18th from 3:00p-3:30p in FLG 235. For more information, please visit http://hhp.ufl.edu/index.php/current-students/current-students/university-scholars-program/. Applications are due February 9, 2015 by 4:00pm.

Spring 2017 Graduation Application Deadline: Jan. 27
The deadline to apply for Spring 2016 graduation is Friday, January 27, 2017. Spring graduates must complete an online degree application in ONE.UF by this deadline. (Under the section entitled “My Record”, select “Certification/Degree Application”)

Academic Advising Hours/Availability
If you need to speak with an HHP academic advisor, please view each department’s advising availability online here. Advisors have both appointments and walk-in advising during any given week. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

When you visit the advising office, please sign in using the kiosk system (sign in using your gatorlink & password). If you have a form that needs a signature, you can leave it with the advisor’s assistant if you do not want to wait for an advisor.


Gators in Motion – Info Session
If you are looking for hands-on volunteer experience working with underserved youth to enhance their academic performance and health, come check out Gators in Motion, an on-campus program starting in Spring of 2017 in the Florida Gym. Volunteers are needed as mentors, tutors and coaches! There is an info session on Monday, January 9th from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. in the FLG 320. If you’re interested, come out to hear how you can get involved making an impact in your community while at the University! E-mail Shannon Fenn at sfenn@ufl.edu with any questions.


Inclusive Fitness and Unified Sports Volunteers
Do you like fitness and sports? The Inclusive Fitness and Unified Sports program (IFUS) is a community-based participatory research program that aims to increase the quality of life of students with intellectual disabilities and volunteers. Volunteers work together with the students as exercise buddies and participate in fitness and sport activities. The program meets ON CAMPUS from 12:30- 2:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly. Volunteer positions are OPEN as Workout buddies. Work-out buddy applications close January 8th at 11:59pm. To obtain more detailed information regarding the program and how to apply, please visit the link below. If you have any questions, email us at ufunifiedsports@gmail.com. If you like having fun and playing sports, apply here!

Youth Combine Volunteers
The Youth Combine organization offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge by designing nutrition and fitness programs, health and fitness data collection and analysis, as well as experience with working with families, public relations, marketing, event management, non-profit management, and business start-up if desired. Our program is a lot of fun but also very challenging to most youth. Working with kids and helping to motivate and push them through the workouts can be very rewarding.

Since our organization’s inception in 2012, we have happily hosted over 150 college volunteers and 15 interns. Many volunteers return each semester leaving only 10-15 openings per semester. If you would like to volunteer, please plan ahead and apply early.

Interested volunteers and internship applicants should visit our website for more information (youthcombine.org) or click the following link to go directly to our volunteer application: http://youthcombine.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

2017 MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program
Now entering its eleventh year, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research in MIT laboratories. This intensive nine-week program focuses on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the areas of science and biotechnology. Students indicating a strong desire to engage in research collaborations within these areas will be selected from colleges and universities from around the U.S., as well as the MIT undergraduate population.

Students participating as Amgen Scholars will:
• Gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science and engineering;
• Receive guidance from MIT faculty and research scientists;
• Engage in networking activities, including faculty-led seminars;
• Participate in a mid-summer symposium on research in the biotechnology industry, held at UCLA; and
• Present at a MIT poster session concluding the summer program.

To learn more about the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program and how to apply,
please visit: mit.edu/urop/amgenscholars.
For more information, please contact MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program staff at
(617) 253-7306 or by emailing mit-amgenscholars@mit.edu.

2017 Projects for Peace
$10,000 grant for undergraduate students
Deadline to apply: January 6th, 2017
Proposal Advising (optional):  November 21 – December 2

The University of Florida, a partner institution in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, is pleased to announce an opportunity for undergraduate students to design a grassroots project for peace anywhere in the world! The Davis Foundation will award the winning project $10,000 for the project to be implemented during the summer of 2016. Undergraduate students use their creativity to design a project that focuses on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict. Due to this generous funding, UF students have had the opportunity to travel and perform service projects all over the world (Niger, Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, Rwanda, Mexico, Tanzania, Cambodia, India, Palestine, Swaziland, Macedonia, and Uganda).

We will also be offering one-on-one proposal advising by appointment from November 21 – December 2. Though we can’t help with the project idea, we will offer guidance on how to improve the written proposal.

Learn more about this program at http://bit.ly/projectsforpeace2017.

TRSM Summer A 2017 Study Abroad Programs
TRSM is offering three interdisciplinary study abroad programs with a focus on sustainability. For more information, please attend the information session on Wednesday January 18th from 4:30-6:30 in FLG 235.

North Queensland, AustraliaLEI 4955/LEI 6931 (6 credits) May 13th-June 11th, 2017. Field-based course including two research days on the Great Barrier Reef, live with an Australian farm family and study rural life, spend two nights in the Outback experiencing “life off the grid”, take part in a service learning project on an Aboriginal owned ranch, and finish the program exploring Sydney.

Fiji – LEI 4955/6931 – (3 credits) June 11th-20th 2017.  Field-based course with three days working on an ecotourism project on Barefoot Island in the Yasawas, experience life in a traditional Fijian village, and visits to the Nadi craft markets. This program can be taken by itself for 3 credits or may be added to the North Queensland program for a total of 9 credits.

New Zealand – LEI 4955/6931 (6 credits) May 26th -June 21st , 2017.  Field-based course with a focus on sustainability and natural resource management across the South and the North islands of New Zealand.  Learn about eco-tourism in Kaikoura and swim with dolphins, experience adventure tourism in Queenstown, learn about Maori culture, and visit Hobbiton and learn about movie related tourism

Contact Dr. Heather Gibson, hgibson@hhp.ufl.edu for more information.  www.floridadownunder.org. Instagram @FloridaDownUnder; Twitter @FloridaDwnUnder

2017 UF Global Health Case Competition
Looking to improve your professional public speaking skills? Want an opportunity to work with different-minded individuals from many backgrounds in a one of a kind competition? The 4th annual UF GHCC is being hosted to give students a unique opportunity to collaborate and be exposed to an international health dilemma.

The GHCC is a campus-wide, interdisciplinary event in which student teams compete to create and present a solution for a pressing global health issue to a panel of judges.  All UF graduate & undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the competition on Jan.25.

Application: http://bit.ly/2fLDo5v
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UFGHCC.
Email: ghcc.uf@gmail.com

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
This 6-wk summer program is free and aims to expand horizons for racially, ethnically, and/or economically/educationally disadvantaged freshman and sophomore US citizens, permanent residents, or with DACA status, and a minimum 2.5 GPA. The program is designed to academically enrich, provide exposure to the various healthcare professions, and facilitate career development opportunities in the early formative college years.

Interested qualified students with interest in any of the healthcare professions – medicine/PA, nursing, pharmacy, public health and other health professions (PT, OT, etc), dental, vet med – should be encouraged to apply.

Applications are open now.  The national website at www.shpep.org provides necessary details and is the location where students should be sent to read more and apply.  Applicants are asked to select and prioritize (3) schools of interest.  Early Application Deadline is Feb 1 and Final Application Deadline Mar 1.

The University of Florida has all (6) Health Science Colleges participating and may be the only school with Veterinary Medicine and PA Medicine representation.  SHPEP dates at UF will be May 22 – June 30, 2017.

UF’s current website is located at www. dental.ufl.edu/education/dmd-program/student-multicultural-affairs/outreach-programs/summer-learning-program/ or www.facebook.com/shpepconnect  

Want to go to Greece and Study the Olympics?
Join two UF Faculty from June 6-16th, 2017 and explore the rich history of the Olympic games and their impact on the individuals and on communities. Visit Athens, Ancient Olympia and many other historical sites, all while earning 6 UF credits! For more info email us at undergradTRSM@hhp.ufl.edu.

Spend Your Spring Break in Cuba and Earn Credit!
Travel to Havana, Cuba for Spring Break 2017 and study the history of the Socialist Sport System. Led by two UF Faculty, you will spend the week visiting historical sights, eating Cuban food and catching a local boxing match! The trip will cost $2,677. Want more info? Visit www.UFinCuba.com or email us at undergradTRSM@hhp.ufl.edu.

Student Organizations

Become a CURBS Ambassador
CURBS Ambassadors serve as liaisons and official representatives of UF Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students to UF organizations, faculty and administration. Ambassadors hold research advising hours, host research focused events, connect students to faculty and present workshops training students on how to become top researchers. CURBS Ambassadors are committed to constructing the best undergraduate research institution in the country and maintaining UF as the best research institution in Florida.

Applications are due January 8th. To learn more of how to become an Ambassador, come to our Info Session on January 5th at 7pm in room 170 of Pugh Hall.

Application: http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/Data/Sites/5/media/upcomingevents/ambassador-application-01.08.17.pdf
Website: http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/curbs.aspx
Email us: ufcurbs@gmail.com

Undergraduate Public Health Association First Meeting: Jan 11
Join the Undergraduate Public Health Association for our first meeting of the semester. We will be focusing on professional development tips for all aspiring health professionals. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:30 pm in the HPNP Building Room G-103. Sara Gould, Assistant Director for Career and Industry Engagement at the CRC will be presenting on how to prepare for upcoming health-related career opportunities.

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