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University Scholars Program

The University of Florida University Scholars Program gives students the opportunity to work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. This is a scholarship program that offers a stipend.

College of Dentistry

College of Dentistry Scholarship Awardees

Guidelines for the 2014-2015 University Scholars Program

Eligibility and Nominations

Undergraduate students from any College who wish to conduct research with a faculty member in the College of Dentistry are eligible to compete for a University Scholars Program award as long as they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and must not earn their bachelor’s degree before Spring 2015. Students may contact a faculty member with whom they would like to conduct research; a list of faculty research interest may be found in a table appearing on this page. Students must then complete the University Scholars Program application form.

The College of Dentistry will accept applications for students up to but not later than February 3, 2014. Application packets should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Dentistry’s Office of Research (D3-43). These packets must include:

• Completed University Scholars application form.

• A typed summary of your proposed research project, maximum one page (both a hard copy and an electronic copy).

• A supporting letter from the faculty mentor.

• An official copy of the student’s undergraduate transcripts, including a cumulative GPA.

• If the applicant’s official transcript shows that they are at a senior level, they must provide a statement saying that they will not earn their bachelor’s degree before Spring 2015 and will participate in the 2015 Spring Symposium.

Selection Process

Five College of Dentistry awards will be given. Awardees will be selected by the College of Dentistry’s Research Committee and the Associate Dean for Research. The student and faculty mentor will be notified of the selection by the end of March, 2014.

Stipends and Travel

Selected University Scholars will be awarded a stipend. Students must be registered for at least one credit at UF during Summer A or C to be paid a stipend.

Expectations and Requirements during the University Scholars Program

Students must begin their research at the start of the 2014 summer semester (an exact time commitment should be discussed with student mentors prior to submitting an application). Research must be conducted for the entire summer semester, and must continue throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. The College of Dentistry requires that students take a 1-3 hour general topics (IDH4905) course during the summer while working on their scholars’ project. Students must register for this course in the College of Dentistry’s Office of Education (273-5950, D3-011, Dental Tower).

• Students must complete the online profile and project description form at http://www.scholars.ufl.edu/ and have their photo taken by August 1, 2014, as required by the USP program.

• Students must be in good standing to receive the second portion of the stipend in late September. To be in good standing, the USP program should have all profile information and a positive progress report from the faculty mentor.

• Students must maintain a current e-mail account and be informed about updates for the USP on that e-mail account.

• Students must complete all requirements for both the College of Dentistry and the UF Scholars Program. Any requirements set by the college are in addition to those required by the UF Scholars Program.

Presentation and Publication of Research Projects

For the culmination of research, the University Scholars Program expects scholars to do the following:

• Submit a paper to the Journal of Undergraduate Research.

• Present the results of the research at the University Scholars Undergraduate Research Symposium, March 27, 2014.

• If the student does not complete a paper or present at the symposium, a final report is due that outlines the challenges and successes of the research project. This paper must be submitted and approved by the faculty mentor. This final report is submitted to Melissa Johnson, 118 Hume Hall. Students not fulfilling this requirement can expect a financial hold on their academic record and may be required to repay the stipend for not completing the University Scholars Program.

The College of Dentistry’s requirements are more stringent than the UF Scholars Program and must be adhered to.

• UF Scholars in the College of Dentistry are required to present their research at a University Scholars Research Symposium that takes place in the spring. They may also present at a national/international meeting of their mentor’s choice.

• UF Scholars students in the College of Dentistry are required to submit a paper for publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research, in an established scientific journal related to their mentor’s field of research, or both (if the scientific journal does not prohibit). Whatever method of publication is chosen, a copy of the submitted paper must be provided to the Associate Dean for Research (D3-43) in the College of Dentistry.

Questions

More information may be obtained from the College of Dentistry’s Office of Research by calling (352) 294-5444 or by email at rburne@dental.ufl.edu or dwebb@dental.ufl.edu. Participating Faculty Members and University Scholars Program

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