***Please note: All updates for the 2022-2023 application process will be posted early 2022. Please check back for these updates.

Undergraduate students from any College who wish to conduct research with a faculty member in the College of Medicine are eligible to compete for this award. Applicants must have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and have at least one more year of undergraduate studies remaining. Students should contact a faculty member with whom they would like to conduct research and then complete the University Scholars Program application form that can be found here,  2021-2022 USP Application.


Nomination packets should be submitted by the student or faculty mentor to Ms. Renata Dolbier, Harrell Medical Education Building, Suite 445, PO Box 100239 (352-273-5752). These packets must include the following items:

  1. Completed University Scholars Program application form including the summary of the proposed research project and the supporting letter from the faculty mentor
  2. An official sealed copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript, including cumulative GPA.

NOTE: Please complete the form in MS Word; do not complete using pen or pencil.

The deadline for receipt of completed packets is no later than 5:00 pm on Feb 12, 2021. Nomination packets that are incomplete or received after the deadline, will not be considered.

College of Medicine faculty members who host students will receive $500 in support of the research project.  The funds can be used for the purchase of necessary reagents or supplies.  The funds can also be used to offset travel costs should the student present the work at a scientific/medical conference.

Expectations and requirements

  • For the 2021-2022 competition, the students must begin their research at the start of the Summer 2021 semester and students are expected to continue their research through the Spring 2022 semester, by taking research-oriented courses for credit. An example of such a course is:
  • Students should register for 1-3 credit hours per semester. Generally, 3-4 hours per week in the lab = 1 credit hour.
  • Selected students must be able to attend a Scholars orientation that will be held in the Spring of 2021.  This will be held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Sept 1, 2021 – Deadline for 2021-2022 scholars to complete the online project description and scholar profile.
  • The first stipend payment ($750) will be made in early Sept 2021.
  • The second stipend payment ($1000) will be made in the Spring of 2022.

Presentation and Publication of Research Projects

All 2021-2022 scholars will submit a final research paper for publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research AND present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Spring of 2022.


More information may be obtained from Dr. Peter Sayeski.