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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

The Microbiology and Cell Science Department has received a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Talent Expansion Program grant from the National Science Foundation that provides funding for undergraduate research positions. Selected students will have the opportunity to conduct a 10-week independent research project under the supervision of UF faculty. Undergraduate research is a transformative experience for many individuals: it generates and sustains enthusiasm for science as well as building confidence in research skills and knowledge. Often, research experiences as an undergraduate are cited as pivotal factors in budding STEM careers. Research experiences can lead to student-authored publications and presentations.

The Microbiology & Cell Science Department is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at UF. IFAS has an extensive network of Research and Education Centers that are located throughout the state of Florida. UF faculty researchers at these IFAS Centers conduct a wide-array of competitive and leading research. Students will have access to research experiences at one of several different UF laboratories including main campus of UF in Gainesville, Ft. Lauderdale, Homestead, Indian River, Vero Beach, Kennedy Space Center and other statewide locations.

Students can participate in undergraduate research in microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, plant science, entomology and many other biological sciences. Students will conduct an independent research project under the direction of a faculty mentor for 10 weeks during the summer (approximately 40 hours per week). Students will receive a stipend of $5000.00 for the summer and will be responsible for their own living expenses. If selected, students are expected to present their research project during a poster session or other event, complete program evaluations, participate in any laboratory meetings, journal clubs, safety trainings or other program activities as specified by their faculty mentor and project team.

All interested students are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to students who are: 1.) in their first or second year at a two-year institution and planning on transferring into a 4-year degree program in the life sciences OR 2.) a UF student enrolled in the Microbiology & Cell Science Online B.S. Degree program.

Students who apply by February 15,2018 will receive priority consideration. The application will remain open until all spots are filled.

To apply for the summer research opportunities, please click here.