University Scholars Program 2014-2015

University Scholars Program 2014-2015: College of Fine Arts Program Information
Application Deadline: 12 noon Friday, January 17, 2014
Submit application at

The purpose of the University Scholars Program is to introduce University of Florida undergraduate students to the exciting opportunities of working closely with UF faculty to pursue fundamental research and scholarly activities, thereby gaining valuable insight into how new knowledge is created and developed and how existing knowledge is focused on important problems.

This program will permit selected undergraduate students, who will be designated as University Scholars, to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. From such interaction, the student will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method, an experience that will be invaluable in many career opportunities, including graduate and professional schools. Students in all areas of undergraduate studies are encouraged to apply.

We expect to make approximately 5 University Scholar awards for 2014-15 within the College of Fine Arts. Students may apply for a second year of USP support, but preference will be given to those who have not previously held a USP award. Students must submit applications by 12 noon, Friday, January 17, 2014.


College of Fine Arts undergraduate majors or minors with a 3.25 or better UF GPA are eligible to participate in the University Scholars Program. Students must meet eligibility requirements at the time of application. Note that in order to be eligible, you must not earn your bachelor’s degree before Spring 2015.

Student Scholar Responsibilities and Awards

Scholars are expected to complete their proposed creative/research project following all stated guidelines and requirements. Each scholar will receive a $1,750 stipend disbursed in two phases. The scholars will receive their first stipend of $750.00 in the fall (September, 2014) and their second stipend of $1,000.00 in the spring (April, 2014). IMPORTANT NOTE: If you receive Financial Aid, your scholarship will be applied to any unmet need, so please check with the Student Financial Affairs office to determine your Financial Aid status before you apply. Faculty mentors receive $500 to use as needed toward research and travel expenses related to the project.

Faculty Mentors

It is the responsibility of the student to find a faculty mentor. Topics that fit any of the specializations of faculty and their creative activity and research would be appropriate for a student's research work. Any faculty member in the College of Fine Arts may serve as a faculty mentor for a University Scholar. Prospective scholars may investigate the research interests of College of Fine Arts faculty members as they seek a mentor. Faculty mentors are expected to attend the University Scholars Symposium session if their mentee's work is selected.

Steps to Apply

  1. Seek out and identify a faculty member that is conducting creative activity/research in an area of interest that would be willing to mentor you during the fall and spring semesters in 2014-15.
  2. Prepare a research proposal/contract with the assistance of the faculty member.
  3. Obtain a letter of support from the faculty member, stating that the mentor agrees to supervise the project and any other supporting information to assist the mentor’s department in choosing its funded projects.
  4. Application packages must contain the following:
    • A fully completed University Scholars Program application
    • A typed summary of your proposed research project, maximum one page, single spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point font.
    • A letter of support from the faculty mentor, stating that the mentor will agree to supervise this project and any other supporting information to assist that mentor’s college in choosing its funded projects.
    • The student’s résumé
    • Copy of the student’s academic transcript
  5. Email your completed application and all supporting documents (in PDF format) to no later than 12:00 Noon, Friday, January 17, 2014.

Application Dates and Timeline

  • Sept. 6, 2013: Deadline to complete online project description, scholar profile and upload photo
  • Sept. 13, 2013: Stipend 1 ($750.00) disbursed to all USP Scholars
  • October 18, 2013: Mid Semester Survey due
  • October 18, 2013: Start of application process for 2014-15 USP cycle
  • January 10, 2014: Florida Opportunity Scholars disbursement form due for FOS Scholars only
  • January 17, 2014: Stipend 2 ($1000) disbursed to Florida Opportunity Scholars ONLY
  • January 17, 2014-12:00 Noon: DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE 2014-15 CYCLE OF AWARDS.
  • Feb. 28, 2014: Mid Semester Survey due
  • March 7, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Best Paper Award
  • March 14, 2014: UF Research Symposium Abstracts due
  • March 27, 2014: USP awardees for 2014-15 cycle notified.
  • March 27, 2014: UF Research Symposium
  • April 11, 2014: Deadline for 2013-14 awardees to meet the research paper requirement
  • May 1, 2014: Stipend 2 ($1000) disbursed to 2013-14 USP Scholars who are not Florida Opportunity Scholars
Selection Process

The College of Fine Arts expects to make approximately five (5) University Scholar Awards for 2014-15. Applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed by the College of Fine Arts Faculty and Student Awards Committee. The Committee will select approximately five awardees and forward their names and applications to the Office of Undergraduate Affairs.

Important Links

Students and Faculty Mentors should review the University Scholars Program details for further information and program resources. The Journal of Undergraduate Research strives to publish outstanding scholarship of undergraduates at the University of Florida and showcases the work of the University Scholars.


Questions should be directed via email or via telephone to Associate Dean Margaret Mertz at 273-1484.


Please upgrade your browser to the latest version
for a better viewing experience.