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Guidelines for the University Scholars Program

What is it?

The University Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students at the University of Florida to the exciting world of academic research. In the Program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method. The University Scholars Program serves as an exceptional capstone to the academic careers of UF students.

Who is eligible?

Sophomore and junior nursing students with a minimum GPA of 3.6 are invited to apply. The College of Nursing will select up to three sophomore nursing students to work with faculty members on their research. In some cases junior students may also be eligible.

What are the program details?

  • During Summer A/C 2014, scholars must register for at least 1 credit of independent study to conduct their research. They will be mentored by a CON faculty member.
  • During Fall 2014, scholars take 1 credit of independent study to write up their research project and submit it for publication or presentation.
  • Scholars are required to present and submit for publication. Students will present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium during Spring semester 2015 and are expected to publish their work in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. Students are also encouraged to present and publish in their respective fields, if possible.
  • Each University Scholar receives a stipend of $1750.

Application Procedures

  • Go to to learn more about the program. Use the University Scholars Program application form.
  • Review the list of participating faculty members.
  • Talk with the faculty member you are interested in working with and request a letter of support to accompany your application.
  • Submit the application to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing (HPNP Room 2201, Office for Research Support).
  • Deadline for College of Nursing students is February 15, 2014.
  • Students will be notified of decisions by March 7, 2014.
  • Call 352-273-6321 for more information.

CON Faculty Members and their Research Interests

  • Curley, Maureen, PhD, PMHCNS, BC PTSD, reproductive mental health, including abortion related disorders among women, associated population-focused group behavior interventions
  • Elder, Jennifer, PhD, RN, FAAN Autism and related child neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Gleason, Robyn, PhD, MPH, ARNP Effect of employment on outcomes of chronic illness, and developing strategies to counteract employment-related constraints affecting chronic illness self-management; effect of appropriate pain management on cognitive status of elders with dementia.
  • Horgas, Ann, PhD, RN, FAAN Pain, fatigue and sleep disruption in the elderly and pain management in persons with dementia.
  • Hyochol “Brian” ahn, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC Management of pain and behavioral symptoms in cognitively-impaired individuals, large-scale longitudinal data analysis, meta analysis, and technology development to impove clinical outcomes


  • Krueger, Charlene, PhD, RN Biobehavioral measures in the premature infant and fetus; comparisons between infants in preterm and normal uterine environment and response to maternal voice.
  • Lyon, Debra, PhD, RN, FAAN Symptom management in women with breast cancer.
  • Parker, Leslie PhD, MSN, ARNP Breastfeeding critically ill infants benefits, components of breast milk and interventions to increase milk supply in mothers of premature infants
  • Pieper, Pam, PhD, ARNP, PNP-BC Pediatric trauma; health-related quality of life in children after mild traumatic brain injury; evaluation of and surgical intervention in neonatal necrotizing enterocolits (NEC).
  • Roberts, Beverly, PhD, FAAN, FGSA Disability, physical and psychological performance and exercise in elderly adults; exploring factors that contribute to function and independence in daily activities, specifically exercise from a physical and psychosocial standpoint.
  • Stacciarini, Jeanne-Marie, PhD, RN Depression among minorities, community-based interventions for minority populations and group-treatment among minorities.
  • Stechmiller, Joyce, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN Immune function, nutritional status and interventions for wound healing in adults and elderly.
  • Weber, Bryan, PhD, ARNP Self-efficacy; dyadic support; informational support. Psychosocial interventions aimed at improving the emotional reaction to disease and its treatment for men and women who survive negative life altering events.
  • Yoon, Saunjoo, PhD, RN Using complementary and alternative therapies for health promotion and managing chronic illness in older adults.