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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Undergraduate research is a great way to get hands-on experience in what you are studying and learning in your courses, and even to advance biological knowledge. Many students have authored articles based on their participation in on-going research in the Department. Undergraduate research also is a great way to boost your resume and to enhance your application to graduate school or health professional school.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?

(1) Volunteering. If you would like to volunteer, then simply contact one of the IB faculty members in the research brochure (GETTING INVOLVED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH) who is currently researching something that interests you, and ask if he/she would be willing to have you volunteer. The faculty member may require that you have specific qualifications. Once a faculty member agrees that you can volunteer in his/her laboratory, you will be required to file both a volunteer application form and a release/indemnity agreement form with the IB Department. Please note that the IB Department will not grant retroactive credit for any work performed as a volunteer, should you later enroll in either BSC 4905 or BSC 4910.

(2) Registering for BSC 4910. As a student in one of the IB majors, you can count up to 4 credit hours of Undergraduate Research with an IB faculty member toward the major’s elective 4000+ level requirement for your degree. To earn major’s credit for research you must meet certain criteria. The criteria are:

  • A. Have a 3.0 USF GPA
  • B. Have a 3.0 Biology Majors GPA
  • C. Have completed at least 60 credit hours

If you think that you have met all of these criteria, then simply contact one of the IB faculty members in the research brochure (GETTING INVOLVED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH) who is currently researching something that interests you, and ask if he/she would be willing to sign you up for credit. The faculty member may require that you have additional specific qualifications. Once a faculty member agrees to sign you up for credit in BSC 4910, you will be required to file an Undergraduate Research Contract Form with an Academic Advisor, for certification that you meet the criteria. Once you receive certification, you will be required to be permitted into the course by the IB Department, and file a Release/Indemnity Agreement Form with the IB Department.

(3) Registering for BSC 4905. You can register for this course to obtain credit toward the 120 hours needed to complete the degree, but you will not receive major’s credit. The IB Department allows students who do not qualify for enrolling in BSC 4910 to enroll in BSC 4905 to conduct research; and, upon satisfactory completion of the course and with instructor approval, to then enroll in BSC 4910 for major’s credit. If you would like to register for BSC 4905, then simply contact one of the faculty members in the brochure (GETTING INVOLVED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH) who is currently researching something that interests you, and ask if he/she would be willing to mentor you. The faculty member may require that you have specific qualifications. Once a faculty member agrees to be your mentor, you will be required to be permitted into the course by the IB Department, and file a Release/Indemnity Agreement Form with the IB Department.


RESEARCH AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY WITH DR. PHILIP MOTTA, SPRING AND FALL SEMESTERS, 2016

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Select students may conduct undergraduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Motta. Students should have completed either Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy or Fish Biology with a grade of A or B, and have a goal of getting into graduate school in Biology or Zoology. Students with aspirations for advanced degrees in medical or veterinary fields are best served by a faculty member with interests aligned along medical fields. Undergraduate research in his lab is for the most part morphology based with an emphasis either in functional anatomy or ecological morphology. Vertebrate animal studies must have Animal Care and use Committee approval and therefore can rarely be completed in one semester. Therefore most students enroll in undergraduate research for two consecutive semesters at 1 credit per semester. Students can expect to spend 6-8 hours per week in the lab. Students will have to prepare a research proposal with literature citations, and at the completion of the work a final report written as if for scientific publication. Some of the past studies have been published in peer reviewed scientific journals but this is generally the exception. His lab has funds to support most of the undergraduate projects and all equipment in the lab is available to the students. He generally only takes 1-2 undergraduate research students per semester so admission is competitive and based on overall GPA, biology courses taken and performance in those courses, interest in graduate school in biology, and interest in his field of study.

Philip J Motta, PhD
Professor of Integrative Biology
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33620
Phone: (813) 974-2878
Fax: (813) 974-3263
motta@usf.edu


The Research In Science Education (RISE) Summer Internship Program and the Science Teaching Accelerated Masters Program (STAMP)

The Research In Science Education (RISE) summer internship program provides five internships available each summer for science majors between their freshman and sophomore years, or sophomore and junior years. The internship provides a $5,000 stipend over an 8-week period. Student benefits of RISE are:

  • By gaining experience that will allow them to make connections amongst their course work, science education research, and teaching practices.
  • Through pairing with faculty and graduate student mentors.
  • As they develop and apply educational, human-subject, and qualitative research skills.
  • From sharing their experiences at an undergraduate research symposium, and research colloquium.

The Science Teaching Accelerated Masters Program (STAMP) has the following benefits for biology majors:

  • Earn Bachelor’s in Biology and Master’s degree in Teaching and a Florida Teaching Certification in a total of 5 years.
  • Experience personal, academic and professional growth as students work, learn and collaborate with fellow cohort members.
  • Receive support, mentorship and networking through interaction with faculty, staff and previous STAMP graduates.
  • Receive financial assistance while learning a profession that allows students to combine interests and expertise in rewarding settings.

Twelve (12) STAMP scholars per year are eligible for the scholarship. The NSF Robert Noyce scholarships provides $20,000 over a two-year period to students as they complete both an undergraduate science degree in science and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Visit the website http://bit.ly/STAMP-USF or contact Dr. Luanna Prevost or Dr. Allan Feldman to learn more about these programs.

Luanna Prevost
Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, SCA 110
Tampa, FL 33620
phone: (813) 974-7836
email: prevost@usf.edu


USF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The USF Alumni Association awards over $400,000 annually in scholarships to current students. All USF students are eligible to apply for an Alumni Association scholarship who meet scholarship criteria. Some applications are due in December and some in February prior to the indicated class year. Check with the Alumni association for application deadlines.

Alumni Association U Club Scholarship
Criteria:

  • Parent or legal guardian must be a current member of the USF Alumni Association
  • Rising junior or senior only
  • Full-time student
  • Resume and essay required

Judge Raymond O. Gross Scholarship
Criteria:

  • Full-time student
  • Resume and essay required

LGBT Scholarship
Criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Full-time student
  • Resume and essay required

Candy Creamer Schreck Scholarship
Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled Tampa campus only
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Full-time student
  • Preference given to Resident Assistant
  • Resume and essay required

Ron A. Sherman Endowed Scholarship
Criteria:

  • Rising junior or senior only
  • Full-time student
  • Resume and essay required

Dittig Scholarship
Criteria:

  • Must be from the state of Georgia (preference for students from Atlanta area)
  • Full-time student
  • Resume and essay required

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled Tampa campus only
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Full-time student
  • Resume and essay required

Kosove Scholarships
Kosove Undergraduate Scholarship
Criteria:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • 1250 or higher on SAT (math and reading only) or 28 or higher on ACT
  • US Citizen
  • Resume, essays and letters of recommendation required