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Frequently Asked Questions

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Take a look below at our frequently asked questions list.  If you don’t find your question on the link below, please feel free to contact us or stop by the office.  You can send us a message through this website through the Contact Us page linked below.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a research project?

Most research positions aren’t found through advertised openings, so it will take some initiative of your own to get connected with a research project. We recommend meeting with a peer advisor on campus. If you are unable to meet with a peer advisor, reach out to us and we can connect with you over the phone. Click the Get Started button below for more information, or the Peer Advising button to meet with a peer advisor.

Do I have to create my own research project?

While it’s an exciting experience to design a research project of your own, you certainly don’t have to create a project from scratch to participate in undergraduate research. UF is home to hundreds of researching professors who want to help students gain research experience and have ongoing projects that you can work on. The best way to get started in undergraduate research is to connect with a faculty member who can mentor you on an existing project or help you design one of your own. For more information on how to find a faculty mentor, check out the Get Started page by clicking the button below for help.

Do I have to find research in my major?

Your research opportunities are not limited to your selected major. If you find an interesting project or mentor that is not in your department, you can certainly benefit from this research experience. If this research is for a scholarship or for college credit, you will need to make sure you keep track of the requirements from your major and from your mentor’s department, as these vary among colleges and departments. Click the Find a mentor button below for more information.

Can I get credit for my research?

Most colleges at UF have research credit options ranging between 0-3 credits. Applying for research credit is a great way to document your research experience on your college transcripts, so we highly recommend speaking to an academic advisor in your college about getting credit for your research.

Why is there a 0 credit option for a research class?

Research courses range from 0-3 credits, this allows for a varied cost and time commitment for the student. 0 credit courses do not cost the student tuition, but allows for the undergraduate research to be displayed on the transcript. Applying for research credit is a great way to document your research experience on your college transcripts, so we highly recommend speaking to an academic advisor in your college about getting credit for your research.

How much time do I have to spend on my research?

The amount of time you will spend doing research will depend on your expectations and the expectations of your mentor and your college. It is generally recommended that you spend between 8-10 hours per week on your project. If you are taking a class for credit additional hours may be required. Speak to your faculty mentor to establish these expectations from the start.

Getting Started

It is important that undergraduate researchers have faculty members to mentor them in their research pursuits. Click the link below for more information on how to get started in undergraduate research.

Talk to a Peer Advisor

The Center for Undergraduate Board of Students (CURBS) provides Peer Advising to undergraduates looking to find research. If you would like to talk to a Peer Advisor, click the button below.

Find a Mentor

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) has compiled an extensive list of undergraduate research opportunities. Included in this list are opportunities for internal and external research scholarships.  Click the button below to see a list of undergraduate research opportunities available to students.

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We are open on Monday – Friday at 8am and 5pm, except on holidays.

Center for Undergraduate Research

Newell Hall, Room 202
1700 Stadium Road
Gainesville FL, 32611

Phone : +1 (352) 846-3222

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