Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (CPET)
The Center for Precollegiate Education and Training promotes and supports the use of UF facilities and faculty in the preparation and enhancement of science and technology teaching at the secondary education level. As the University of Florida umbrella for the articulation and transfer of science and technology to public school and community college teachers, students and the public-at-large, CPET combines many outreach activities, providing access to university research disciplines/faculty and fostering life-long relationships between researchers, teachers and students. CPET science education programs enable individualized and team-centered direct, and ultimately pervasive, public dissemination of research and knowledge through enhanced teaching.
These objectives allow teachers, students, graduate students, researchers and industry stakeholders to be at the forefront of science and technology literacy, educational vision and workforce development by uniting them in laboratory-based investigations and technology-driven solutions in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
In addition, CPET is responsible for the daily operation of the university’s dual enrollment program that allows qualified high school students to enroll in UF courses.
Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR)
The Center for Undergraduate Research is committed to fostering a culture of research that encourages all students to include a research component as a critical part of their undergraduate experience. CUR provides guidance to students and faculty interested in pursuing research opportunities and the coordination of campus research activities. CUR works to expand research opportunities across campus and administers the University Scholars Program (USP), which provides stipends to students engaged in undergraduate research. USP scholars are required to make presentations on their research projects.
General Education Program
The General Education Program at the University of Florida provides instruction in common collective knowledge about the world that enables students to communicate, to make informed decisions about many aspects of their lives, to understand and to participate fully as informed citizens in local, national and global matters.
Competency in composition, the humanities, mathematics, biological, physical, and social and behavioral sciences enables students to better understand themselves, their neighbors, other cultures and times, and the principles governing the natural world and the universe. In general education courses, students gain fresh perspectives, methods, and tools for understanding the traditional and the newly-discovered.
HHMI Science for Life
Supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the UF Science for Life Program provides awards and research opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students beginning the summer after their freshman year at UF.
S4L has a mission to strengthen and transform undergraduate research and interdisciplinary laboratory education in the STEM disciplines at the University of Florida and our partnering institutions.
The Honors Program at the University of Florida attracts academically talented and highly motivated students by providing them with additional opportunities beyond those available to the general student population. The Honors Program offers opportunities to enroll in small, challenging classes with the best faculty at the university. The program sponsors study abroad programs designed to enhance student understanding of different cultures. Honors students also benefit from undergraduate research opportunities and unique internship programs.
The Innovation Academy is one of the nation’s most forward-looking undergraduate programs – at one of its most dynamic research universities. The Innovation Academy will give students a small-college experience focused on innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership on a unique spring-summer calendar.
The IA program consists of five major components including selected majors, integrated innovation minor, co-curricular experiences, attendance in the spring-summer calendar, and the Fall Connection online course opportunities.
Office of Academic Support (OAS)
The Office of Academic Support provides academic and personal enrichment services for all students at the University of Florida who are interested and would benefit. A primary objective of OAS is to serve students who are first-generation, low-income, or from underrepresented groups at UF, including, but not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities.
Reserve Officers Training Corps ROTC
The ROTC program provides students a basic military education and development of individual character attributes essential to a professional military officer in the United States Army, Air Force or Navy.
Ronald E. 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), supports undergraduate UF students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds in their progress towards a Ph. D degree.
Funded by the US Department of Education as one of the federal government's TRIO programs, this program prepares undergraduate students for pursuit of a doctoral degree by providing financial support, mentoring, and opportunities so they can gain research experience, academic skills and strategies, and develop student/faculty mentor relationships that are so crucial for success in higher education.
University Curriculum Committee
The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) considers all requests for changes in undergraduate curricula or catalog listings, and for the addition of new courses of instruction in any of the colleges, divisions and schools of the University, except the Graduate School. The Committee endeavors to eliminate unnecessary proliferation of courses and duplication of subject matter among courses. The Committee’s decision on proposals to add, delete, or make changes in programs of instruction leading to undergraduate degrees is submitted to the Senate for final action.
University Scholars Program
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.