University Scholars Program

The application deadline for 2017-2018 University Scholars Program is Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by 4:00pm.

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 (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

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.

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.

Protecting Human Research Participants

Animal training for IRB: IACUC training page [under first time users].

Additional information at