University Scholar Program

The University Scholars Program

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 and $1,000 in Spring 2012). 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.

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 2013. For the 2012-13 competition, the student can conduct the research during summer and fall 2012 as well as spring 2013. Selected students may register for at least one hour of Independent Study during Summer A/C, fall 2012 and spring 2013. The research project may be completed in any 3000, 4000, or honors thesis class. Please confer with your academic advisor and mentor whether you should register for course credit. 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. The College’s Office of Academic Affairs will accept nominations up to but no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2012 to Ms. Sarah Eberhart, FLG 200 – Dean’s Suite.

HHP Nominations should include:

  • Student 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 what the expectations of the University Scholar are. This agreement should indicate expectations for summer and fall 2012 and spring 2013. 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) 

All applicants must attend one of three USP Information Meetings:

  • Wednesday February 1, 5:00 p.m. FLG 200
  • Friday February 10, 11:45 a.m. FLG 200


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, including a University Research Scholars event on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Presentation of Research Projects

Awardees must submit a final paper and present at the University Scholars Symposium during Spring 2013.

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

Previous HHP Award Recipients