University Scholars Program (USP)

FY 2018-2019

Eligibility
Undergraduate students at the University of Florida who wish to conduct research with a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine are eligible to compete for a University Scholars Program award provided they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.2 or better and will not earn their bachelor’s degree before Spring graduation 2019.

Nominations
Interested students need to contact a faculty member with whom they would like to conduct research; a list of faculty research interests is found in a table appearing below. Students must then complete the 2018-2019. University Scholars Program application form (see http://www.scholars.ufl.edu ).

The College of Veterinary Medicine will accept applications/nominations for students up to but not later than February 21, 2018. Application packets should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Research (V1-127). The application packet must include:

  • Completed University Scholars application form.
  • A supporting letter from the faculty mentor.
  • An official copy of the student’s undergraduate transcripts, including a cumulative GPA.
  • A typed summary of the proposed research project (maximum one page).
  • A statement of expected graduation.

Selection Process
Awardees will be selected by the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Research Committee and the Associate Dean for Research. The student and faculty mentor will be notified of the selection by February 26, 2018.  Students will receive an e-mail on March 2, 2018 from the University Scholars Program indicating final acceptance or non-acceptance into the UF program.  Students not selected should consider pursuing their proposed research projects with their mentors to obtain credit toward Honors Research recognition.

Stipends and Travel
Selected University Scholars will be awarded a stipend. Each award is a student stipend in the total amount of $1,750 for supervised research, payable as two payments, $750 in September 2018 and $1000 in Spring 2019. Faculty mentors receive $500 that can be used for travel or research-related items. Students must be registered for at least one credit of undergraduate research at UF during Summer A or C to be paid a stipend.

Expectations and Requirements during the University Scholars Program
Students selected for this year’s USP awards will need to attend the orientation in conjunction with this year’s symposium to be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Students must begin their research starting the summer 2018 semester, and the exact start time and commitment should be discussed with the students’ mentors prior to submitting their application. Research must be conducted for the entire summer semester and continue throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.

The College of Veterinary Medicine requires that each student take 1-5 hrs of course work (e.g., VME4906 Problems in Veterinary Science) during the summer while working on their scholars’ project. Students must register for this course in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Graduate Studies (V1-127 VAB Bldg). Students must be in good standing to receive their second stipend payment. To be in good standing, a student must:

  • Complete the online profile and project description form at http://www.scholars.ufl.edu/ and have their photo taken, as required by the USP program.
  • Complete all required documentation, remain in good-standing, and receive a positive progress report from the faculty mentor.
  • Submit a typed final report of the research project to their mentor.
  • Submit a final report for publication, either in The Journal of Undergraduate Research or an appropriate journal.
  • Present the results of the research at the University Scholars Undergraduate Research Symposium. .

Students not fulfilling these requirements can expect a financial hold on their academic record and may be required to repay the stipend for not completing the University Scholars Program.

Questions
For additional information please contact the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Research by calling (352) 294-4241 or by e-mail peck@ufl.edu .

Available Research Opportunities

  • Aquatic Mammal Health
  • Cancer – especially in dogs and cats
  • Equine Health
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases & Zoonosis
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Vaccinology
  • Zoological Medicine