2017-2018 Applications for USP Scholars are now online!
The USP Program will make approximately 200 awards each year. These are distributed across all of the colleges on campus. USP students have several required responsibilities. Go to the link to learn what will be expected from you if you are selected to participate in the USP program, http://scholars.ufl.edu/scholars-responsibilities.aspx.
There are eligibility requirements for the USP Program. To participate, you may not be graduating before May 2018. Additional eligibility requirements for these awards are determined by each college. This would be the college of the person who will serve as your research mentor, not your home college. To check out these requirements, click here.
If you are eligible to apply, follow the steps below:
1. The first step is to find a research mentor who will support your application. This can be any UF faculty member who will commit to sponsoring you on the proposed project. This can either be a project you have developed, or you may join an on-going research project and team. To learn more about how to locate a research project, go to http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/finding-a-research-project.aspx. You do not have to restrict yourself to researchers in your home department or college. If you aspire to a professional school, you may choose to find a mentor in one of the many professional schools on campus. Come to CURBS Peer Mentors office hours, listed at www.cur.aa.ufl.edu to get help with finding a research position.
2. Once you have identified a research mentor who will support your application, check out the USP requirements for the department and college of your mentor. The application will be submitted to the USP representative in the research mentor's college, not in your home college. Each department and college sets their own due dates and it is your responsibility to know the applicable date and meet that deadline. Your friends applying in other departments may have different dates so the only reliable place to locate this information is in the department you are applying to.