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University Scholars

The University Scholars Program presents undergraduate students an opportunity to work one-on-one with UF faculty to pursue fundamental research and scholarly activities and gain valuable insights into how new knowledge is created and developed. The USP is run by the Center for Undergraduate Research, directed by Dr. Anne Donnelly (

Eligibility and Nominations

  • Students do not have to be majoring in a department, but rather working with a faculty mentor from the department. It is the responsibility of the student to find a faculty mentor.
  • Applications are submitted through the mentor’s department.
  • Research is done during the summer of the current academic year and through the next academic year. Students are asked to enroll in the research course numbers (or Honors courses) every semester they are doing research. The zero credit option is not available in a semester that they are not enrolled in any other class ( happens in summer sometimes).
  • Applicants must have an overall 3.0 GPA and a graduation date of no sooner than May, 2022.

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

All materials should be turned in by February 3rd, 2021 to your undergraduate coordinator. You will be notified of your selection in March by e-mail from the Center for Undergraduate Research.


  • University Scholars must follow all program rules and guidelines, set forth by the Office of the Provost.
  • University Scholars are expected to submit a research paper for possible publication by the end of the spring term of the next academic year.
  • Students will also be required to present their research results the University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held in the spring.
  • There will be a mandatory orientation (Time and Location TBD)

Information / Dean’s Office Contact

For more information, contact:

Arlene Williams
2014 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117300
Brian Harfe
2014 Turlington Hall