Undergraduate Research: How passionate are you about science?

The Brusko Lab views undergraduate research as mentored, self-directed work that enables individual students to explore an issue of interest to them, and communicate the results to others. The projects involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, application, and presentation. There is an immediate connection to diabetes research and an increasing appreciation of the value of multidisciplinary approaches.

If you feel you can make a substantial commitment of your time and effort to participate in undergraduate research, please talk to your guidance counselor, visit the WebGURU, and then contact the Brusko Lab.

If you like getting paid for doing the things you are passionate about, you should learn about the University Scholars Program at UF.


Other Undergraduate Fellowships

  • McNair Scholars Program
    The UF McNair Scholars Program, named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair (an African-American engineer, scientist and astronaut who perished in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger), exists to support undergraduate college students from low-income, first-generation and underrepresented backgrounds in their progress towards a doctoral degree.
  • UF-HHMI Science for Life Program
    Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, this program allows talented, motivated, and responsible undergraduates majoring in the life sciences at the University of Florida to get a rapid start in research and connect with the most outstanding faculty mentors at UF (freshman and sophomores are eligible to apply). The Undergraduate Research Award gives students a $2,000 stipend, $500 publication and travel awards, and minimum of $2,000 for extramural projects. A one-credit Science for Life Seminar course (BCH 4905) is offered each fall and spring to help students find a faculty mentor. Students do not have to be in the Honors Program to participate in the program or register for the seminar.
  • National Science Foundation REU Program
    The National Science Foundation offers funding for research. See their website for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), locations, and contact information.
  • Beckman Scholarship
    This scholarship is to support research in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some combination. Apply in the freshman or early sophomore years.
  • The InvestiGators
    The InvestiGators allows UF undergraduate students of many diverse disciplines the opportunity to practice good research procedures, foster friendships and share knowledge under the guidance and direction of Dr. Peggy Borum. Over the years, we have grown into a group of about 40 individuals on three interconnected teams: the Carnitine, Gator and KetoGator Teams.
  • International Research Experiences for Students
    Undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are invited to apply for the US-Australia International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program on Materials for Energy Technologies. This program provides opportunities to perform cutting edge research in Materials for Energy Technologies while becoming a part of the international materials research community. The program includes a 10-week research experience at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Departure and return is approximately May 29 and August 10 of each year.
  • The Summer Research Program in Biological Sciences at MIT
    This program is designed to encourage talented sophomore and junior science majors, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, under-represented minority groups or first generation college students to pursue a Ph.D. in the biological and medical sciences. The program is open to students with a minimum 3.5 GPA, a strong interest in basic research and a genuine interest in attending graduate school. The program lasts from June 4th to August 10th and includes on campus housing, a weekly stipend etc.

Undergraduate Poster Presentation Opportunities


Undergraduate Oral Presentation Opportunities