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Enhancing the Undergraduate Experience

The University of Florida seeks to prepare students for life: intellectually, academically and personally. The university offers many exceptional, perhaps unparalleled, opportunities for students to expand the scope of their horizons beyond the learning that is achieved in the classroom.

Students can gain leadership skills, maturity and a commitment to service through participation in the university's numerous opportunities for in-depth learning, research and mentoring.

The university encourages each undergraduate to pursue at least two of the following five opportunities during their four years of study:

1. Research with Distinguished Faculty

University Scholars Program

There are numerous opportunities at UF to pursue research under the direction of a faculty member. This intensive research opportunity personalizes the academic experience, challenges them academically and strengthens their writing and analytical skills. Undergraduates have the opportunity to pursue a senior thesis or project under the direction of a faculty member in their department. In addition, the University Scholars Program offers students, on a competitive basis, a chance to obtain a $2500 research award to study with a faculty member and to present their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. An additional $500 is provided for travel related to the research.

2. Leadership

Center for Student Activities and Involvement
Center for Leadership and Service

There are a wide variety of leadership opportunities in any of the more than 900 UF student organizations connected to academic majors and programs as well as cultural, professional, social and other special interests. Students can also take courses about leadership, obtain a minor in leadership and participate in leadership conferences. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the UF Leadership Model. At UF we believe leadership is the process by which one works to make one's community a better and more just place.

3. Internships with Government Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations and Businesses

Career Resource Center in the Reitz Union

The university offers academic credit for internships so students can explore opportunities in government, nonprofit organizations and business. Whether the internship is with the state legislature, an interest group, businesses, the governor's office, the federal government, a lobbying organization, law firms, media companies or other positions, it can provide basic work experience and an understanding of the public and private sectors.

4. Volunteer Service to the Community, State and Nation

Center for Leadership and Service

The university encourages students to volunteer with local, state, national and international agencies aimed at community development and positive change. There are a multitude of service-focused student organizations and a Volunteer Organization Fair held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Students can also minor in nonprofit organizational leadership. Volunteering in Gainesville is also a great way to learn about the local community.

5. Overseas Study

UF International Center

Regardless of what students may do after graduation, they will be making their way in a society that is increasingly global. To help students develop an awareness and understanding of the world, the university offers more than 70 international programs. Students can study abroad for two weeks, two months or an entire academic year. All undergraduates are encouraged to take part in at least one study-abroad program during their undergraduate careers.