Summer STEM Paid Research Opportunities

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

As a result of an emerging collaboration on several grants with the University of Florida (UF), UF is reserving at least 10 spots in a paid summer undergraduate research program specifically for Valencia students. Please help share this amazing opportunity with our STEM students who are interested in agricultural and life sciences.

The application is now open for summer 2017 undergraduate research opportunities in the life sciences at University of Florida labs. The summer research experiences are 10 weeks, and students can participate in undergraduate research in microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, plant science, entomology, genomics and agricultural sciences.

Participants will conduct an independent research project, under the direction of a faculty mentor, during the summer (approximately 40 hours per week). Students will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for the summer and will be responsible for their own living expenses. If selected, students are expected to present their research project during a poster session or other event, complete program evaluations and participate in any laboratory meetings, journal clubs, safety trainings or other program activities as specified by their faculty mentor and project team.

The summer research experiences are offered through the Microbiology and Cell Science Department, which is in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at UF. IFAS has an extensive network of research and education centers that are located throughout the state of Florida. UF faculty researchers at these IFAS centers conduct a wide array of competitive and leading research in the life and agricultural sciences. Students will have access to research experiences at one of several different UF laboratories, including the main campuses of UF in Gainesville, Fort Lauderdale, Homestead, Indian River, Vero Beach, Kennedy Space Center and other statewide locations. Funding for the summer research experiences is provided by federal grants for STEM education.

Any student interested in the opportunity is encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to students who are planning on transferring into a four-year degree program in agricultural or life sciences. Moreover, students who apply by Tuesday, January 17, 2017, will receive priority consideration.

The application will remain open until all spots are filled.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Pedone, dean, mathematics, at, or Jennifer Drew, from the Microbiology and Cell Science Department at UF, at

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