Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at UF

Undergraduate Research

The world of undergraduate research stretches way beyond the boundaries of UF’s campus, and at the Center for Undergraduate Research we are dedicated to helping you find research experiences that will enrich your studies and jump start your career.

Browse the research opportunities listed on our website below to see if there is a program that would be the right fit for you.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities available at UF

Click the links below to learn more about other research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UF.
Summer Programs

College of Medicine: Pharmacology SURF  Undergraduate students accepted into the SURF Program will perform basic research in Pharmacology & Therapeutics while studying interactions between biological systems and chemical agents. Each SURF fellow will work in the laboratory of an individual member of the faculty. The program includes weekly discussion sessions with faculty members and current Pharmacology Concentration graduate students on selected topics in Pharmacology & Therapeutics and brownbag lunch discussions featuring guest speakers. 

Department of Chemistry: I-REU:  The International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 12 week program based in France. Participants spend their time in a research lab with graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty and staff, working on a well-developed research project under the mentorship of an experienced faculty member sponsored by the University of Florida and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Department of Chemical Engineering (REU): The Department of Chemical Engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides summer research experiences for undergraduates (REU) for 10-12 students each summer. Participants will benefit from conducting research in a broad range of topics relevant to chemical engineering in a diverse and inclusive environment. See for more information and to apply.

Department of Physics:  Gravitational Wave Physics I-REU  This program is designed to expose students to the rigors of gravitational physics research within a setting that truly reflects its international character. For a period of 9-10 weeks during the summer, participants work on research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe and Australasia.

Department of Physics: Material Physics REU:  Research Experience for Undergraduates.  Participants conduct research in the Physics department and participate in educational and professional development activities.

Engineering for Healthcare (REU) The REU Site Engineering for Healthcare will involve a diverse cohort of students in convergent research and curricula focused on critical engineering challenges in healthcare. REU Participants will (i) engage in high-impact research in partnership with engineering faculty and graduate student mentors, (ii) attend workshops dedicated to research practices and communications training, (iii) attend a seminar series where important high-priority challenges in healthcare that require engineering solutions are elucidated through partnerships with clinical faculty or healthcare professionals, and (iv) disseminate their research results through both oral and written communications. 

Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida (SURF):  The SURF program entails a 10 week Summer Undergraduate Research experience at the University of Florida strictly for students planning to enroll Ph.D. to UF. Prospective Ph.D. students for the University of Florida for the fall 2020 term will be considered for SURF. Participating Colleges include the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Health and Human Performance. SURF provides the opportunity to work with a premier faculty adviser and a senior Ph.D. student mentor. Students will engage in research and spend in depth time furthering their path to applying and enrolling in a Ph.D. program at the University of Florida.

Whitney Laboratory Undergraduate and REU Program:   The Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation (Site Award 0648969), offers an exceptional opportunity for the motivated undergraduate to participate in scientific research. If you are serious about science but have never had the opportunity to perform work as a scientist, then this program is for you.  In cooperation with a faculty supervisor, students choose a project that fits both their interests and ongoing investigations of the Lab and that can be completed within the ten-week training period during the summer.  The Whitney Laboratory’s REU program has been running for more than 30 years (since 1987).

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