Students are foremost encouraged to communicate and build strong relationships with faculty and actively seek out research opportunities. Below are some useful resources:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) programs to help with a student’s professional development beyond the 120 credit hours, including but not limited to short courses, internships, exchange programs and research opportunities.
The CLAS Scholars Program presents undergraduate students an opportunity to work one-on-one with UF faculty to pursue fundamental research and scholarly activities and gain valuable insights into how new knowledge is created and developed. The USP is run by the CLAS Dean’s Office. There is also the separate University USP program run by the Center for Undergraduate Research and students are encouraged to apply to that too.
The Center for Undergraduate Research exists to connect University of Florida students and researchers in ways that go beyond traditional classroom settings. Exposure to to the culture of research is important and thus students are encouraged to seek projects that are not limited to the field of statistics.
In addition, CUR also runs the UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM (USP) which Students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. A competition is held each spring with awards that includes a stipend. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project, under the guidance of a faculty member (which can be used towards graduating with honors).
An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are granted stipends and other forms of assistance. Undergraduate students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
Many academic institutions offer summer programs in statistics. Too many to list so we encourage students to simply search for “Summer Statistic Institutes Workshops”. Students can apply for funding as well as receive academic credit.