APK Undergraduate Research

The primary purpose of this course is to provide the student an opportunity for involvement in supervised research experiences within the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK). “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 his or her project fits into and contributes to solving the larger problem to which it belongs. The student will usually assist an APK 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. Students may complete a maximum of 15 credits of APK undergraduate research during their academic career.

Note: All undergraduate students pursuing research (including a literature review) with a faculty member at the University of Florida are required to enroll in 0-3 credit hours of APK Undergraduate Research (APK 4912) under the section number of the student’s degree program.

Hours Requirements:
For each credit hour registered, you must complete a minimum of 3 hours per week of work. Students should carefully discuss (with their faculty advisor) the time expectations for completion of the requirements for this course. The expectations should be clearly articulated on the Undergraduate Research Application. You will not be permitted to change the number of credit hours if the number of hours worked is greater than or less than the number of hours required. Retroactive credit for hours performed in a prior semester will not be approved, per department policy.

APK Undergraduate Research Approval Process:

  1. Find an APK faculty member willing to provide an APK undergraduate research project and serve as a faculty advisor.
  2. Review the APK Undergraduate Research course syllabus, complete the APK Undergraduate Research Application and obtain the signature of the APK faculty advisor.
  3. Submit the completed/signed APK Undergraduate Research Application to the academic advisor, room 190E Florida Gym no later than the first day of classes.
  4. When the application is approved, you will be given departmental permission to register for the course. The section number will be provided to you. It is your responsibility to register for the course prior to the semester’s drop/add deadline.

Departmental consent to register for the APK Undergraduate Research course will be granted after the signed APK Undergraduate Research Application has been received and approved. Once permission to register has been entered into the registration system, the course section number will be provided to you. It is your responsibility to receive approval and register for the course prior to the semester’s drop/add deadline.

Early Termination of APK Undergraduate Research:
Should you desire to drop the APK Undergraduate Research course after registration (drop/add week), you must provide signed consent from your APK faculty advisor indicating approval to discontinue the research (letter). Because early termination might adversely affect the research lab, your APK faculty advisor reserve the right to deny your request to discontinue the research. Failure to complete the terms of the APK Undergraduate Research contract will result in a grade penalty.

A final grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) will be assigned for this course by your faculty advisor. The student will not receive a letter grade. A grade of S will be assigned if the student achieves at least 70% of the available points by the end of the semester. For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/regulationgrades.html

70% Degree to which students meet expectations. Expectations are to be established by the research advisor and student prior
to the student’s enrollment in the research course. The agreed-upon expectations will be reflected on the Undergraduate Research Form signed by both the student and research advisor prior to the student’s enrollment in the course. The following are minimum expectations for every student enrolled for credit: i.) perform a background literature search and review, ii.) perform experimental work or applied work that involves collection and/or manipulation of data, iii.) develop a research summary. All three of these minimum expectations as well as additional expectations (e.g., attendance at departmental and/or College research seminars, participation in research group meetings) are to be clearly established and articulated to the student by the research advisor prior to commencement of the research project.

20% Quality of the final report and oral presentation (as required). The faculty advisor will provide clear expectations of the desired format, content, and deadlines of the final report. Faculty advisors will grade the final report.

10% Attendance.

To provide the students a measure of performance mid-semester, the faculty advisor is expected to complete a mid-term evaluation of the student, accompanied by recommendations for improvement for the remainder of the term. The mid-term evaluation of the student should be accompanied by a one-on-one meeting between the faculty advisor and the student.

Please submit the completed APK Undergraduate Research Application to:
Attn: APK Academic Advisor
P.O. Box 118205
Florida Gym, Room 190E
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205
Phone: (352) 294-1706
Fax: (352) 392-5262