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CLAS Scholars

The CLAS Scholars Program (CSP) gives undergraduate students an opportunity to work one- on-one with a CLAS faculty member on a research project. Scholars can pursue a variety of different types of projects including laboratory-based research, field work, and scholarly activities. Through this program, CLAS Scholars will gain valuable insights into how research is performed and how new knowledge is created. Up to 25 CLAS Scholars will be selected in the Spring 2020 semester for the 2020-21 academic year.

Program Details

  • CLAS Scholars will be awarded a $2,000 stipend ($1,000 in the fall semester and $1,000 in the spring semester).
  • CLAS Scholar Faculty Mentors will receive $500 to be spent in support of the Scholar’s research. These funds can be used to support Scholar attendance at conferences and/or travel to support the Scholars project.
  • The CLAS Scholar will have $500 available to attend a conference and/or for travel to support their project. The Faculty Mentor must provide written approval for the Scholar to attend a conference/travel. Attendance at a conference/travel must occur while the CLAS Scholar is enrolled as a UF undergraduate.

Eligibility and Nominations

  • CLAS Units can nominate up to two CLAS students.
  • Students’ majors do not have to match their faculty mentors’ affiliation. It is the responsibility of the student to find a faculty mentor. All faculty mentors must be in CLAS.
  • Applications are submitted through the mentor’s Unit.
  • Research is done during the summer of the current academic year and through the next academic year. Students are asked to enroll in the appropriate research course numbers (or Honors courses) every semester in which they are doing research. The zero-credit option is not available when they are not enrolled in any other course (for example in summer).
  • Applicants must have an overall 3.0 GPA, be enrolled for at least one credit, and have a graduation date of no sooner than May 2021.
  • Students can be nominated for both the CLAS Scholars and University Scholars Program.
  • Students cannot hold a CLAS Scholar and a similar award at the same time (for example an Emerging Scholar or University Scholar award).

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  • An application (PDF)
  • A typed research proposal (a maximum of two single-spaced pages excluding
  • A letter of support from your faculty mentor

All materials should be turned in to the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Faculty Mentor’s Unit by February 3rd.


  • CLAS scholars are expected to submit a research paper for possible publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research by the end of the spring term of their CLAS Scholarship.
  • Students are required to present their research results at the annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium

Information / Dean’s Office Contact

Dr. Brian Harfe
CLAS Associate Dean