Reasearch at UF: A Student’s Guide

At the University of Florida (UF), we’re committed to offering students more than just classroom learning. Engaging in undergraduate research is an incredible opportunity for you to dive deep into your academic interests and contribute to real-world discoveries right here on campus. Let’s explore why getting involved in research at UF is an enriching experience for every student. 

Why Engage in Research at UF? 

Research isn’t just for professors — it’s for you, too! Here’s why you should consider delving into research during your time at UF: 

  1. Develop Essential Skills: Research isn’t just about finding answers; it’s about asking the right questions and solving complex problems. By participating in research projects, you’ll hone critical skills like analytical thinking, problem-solving, and communication, which are invaluable for your academic and professional journey. 
  1. Personal Growth: Engaging in research challenges you to step outside your comfort zone and explore unfamiliar territory. This journey of discovery fosters personal growth, resilience, and a deeper understanding of your field of study. 
  1. Expand Your Network: Collaborating with faculty members, industry professionals, and fellow students opens doors to new connections and opportunities. Building relationships with mentors and peers can provide invaluable guidance and support as you navigate your academic and professional aspirations. 
  1. Fuel Your Curiosity: Research allows you to delve deeper into topics that intrigue you, satisfying your intellectual curiosity and igniting a passion for lifelong learning. Whether you’re interested in environmental sustainability, medical breakthroughs, or cutting-edge technology, there’s a research project at UF waiting for you. 

How to Get Started

  1. Explore Faculty Research: Delve into the broad spectrum of research interests held by UF faculty members across various departments by utilizing departmental webpages and individual faculty profiles. Spend some time exploring the research pursuits of faculty members within your department or field of study. Navigate through departmental websites and faculty profiles to pinpoint potential research mentors whose work resonates with your interests. You can use this link to see research activities for UF faculty over the past 36 months: Home – University of Florida | Faculty Research Expertise ( 
  1. Seek Guidance from Peer Advisors: Utilize the personalized peer advising services offered by the Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS) to navigate the research landscape at UF. Schedule a meeting with a peer advisor, who will provide invaluable insights into finding research opportunities, applying for scholarships, and enhancing presentation skills. These experienced undergraduate researchers are dedicated to assisting fellow students in elevating their academic experiences. During the academic year, CURBS offers drop-in service in Newell Hall, Room 202, and the Career Connections Center. 
  1. Reach Out to Potential Faculty Mentors: Once you’ve identified faculty members whose research interests you, reach out to them to express your interest in getting involved in their projects. Take the initiative to connect with professors whose research aligns with your interests, following a strategic approach to express your enthusiasm and qualifications for potential research positions. Craft a well-thought-out email introducing yourself and ask to schedule a meeting to discuss your relevant skills, experiences, genuine interest in their work, and potential opportunities. 

Embarking on a journey of undergraduate research at UF is an investment in your academic and personal growth. By engaging in research, you’ll not only expand your knowledge and skills but also contribute to the advancement of your field. Take the first step towards becoming a research-driven student at UF and unlock a world of opportunities, where every inquiry, discovery, and collaboration contribute to the collective pursuit of knowledge and innovation. With determination, curiosity, and guidance, UF students can unlock the transformative power of research and emerge as leaders in their chosen fields. 

By Marquise McGriff
Marquise McGriff Assistant Director - Career Pathways - AI