Undergraduate Research: University Research Scholars Program
Eligibility and Nominations
Each department in the College of Pharmacy is eligible to nominate qualified undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must be in their last two years of their academic program and have maintained an overall GPA of 2.8 or better. For the 2017-2018 competition, the students would conduct the majority of their research during the summer of 2017 and can continue their work during the 2017-2018 academic year by taking research-oriented courses in the college for credit. The research project may be completed in any of the College of Pharmacy courses listed below which students could sign up for 1-2 credits/semester in each course.
- PHA 4911 Problems in Pharmacodynamics
- PHA 4914 Problems in Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research
- PHA 4910 Problems in Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
- PHA 4912 Problems in Pharmaceutics
- PHA 4913 Problems in Medicinal Chemistry
The College of Pharmacy will accept nominations up to but not later than Feb. 24, 2017. Nominations should include a copy of the student’s application and a letter from the faculty supervisor. Send completed application packets to Dr. Maureen Keller-Wood, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Box 100484, Room 4-332, HPNP Building.
Selection of the Undergraduate University Scholars within the College of Pharmacy will be made through the Graduate Studies Committee in the College of Pharmacy. Students will be notified of their selection by March 15, 2017, along with the faculty mentors and department chairs.
Once the student is selected, they are required to attend a mandatory orientation on March 23, 2017.
Selected students will receive $1750 stipend for the supervised research, disbursed in two payments (Sept. and May). The faculty mentor will also receive $500 that can be used for travel or other research-related needs.
Presentation and Publication of Research Projects
College of Pharmacy Undergraduate Research Scholars will have two opportunities to present their research projects during the Spring Semester of any given year. These will be at the College and University level. Within the College of Pharmacy each undergraduate student will be expected to present their research results at the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Research Showcase and Awards Recognition Day. Undergraduate students from throughout the College of Pharmacy will compete via poster presentations. Winners of this competition will receive a $300 cash award and a commemorative plaque signifying their accomplishment.
In addition, at a special University Scholars Symposium, Undergraduate Research Scholars are now required to present their research results as either posters or oral presentations. Details of this symposium will be communicated at a later date.
Undergraduate Research Scholars within the College of Pharmacy are now also required to prepare and submit their work at a minimum in the university’s on-line journal Undergraduate Research and, if worthy, in any other established scientific journal related to their line of research.
Additional information on the University Scholars Program is available at http://scholars.ufl.edu/.