Undergraduate student researchers and volunteers contribute significantly to research in the Department of Natural History. Each year, several hundred undergraduate students work on projects, including fieldwork, laboratory experiments, curatorial activities in the museum collections, and exhibit development.

These projects allow early researchers to gain experience working with research collections and analyzing and interpreting data alongside a team of professional scholars. In being part of the discovery process, students are encouraged to ask questions and develop research projects to suit their own interests and build a foundation for potential future investigations after graduation.

Students interested in volunteering, doing an internship, or performing research for a senior thesis or class-based project should consult museum faculty and staff in the area of focus.


The University Scholars Program (https://scholars.ufl.edu/about/) provides a stipend to undergraduate students involved in research projects with UF mentors. Research will take place during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, and students cannot be graduating before May 2020. See the above link for more details.

The Florida Museum of Natural History will submit the applications of up to 5 students who are working with museum mentors. The museum’s University Teaching Committee (UTC) will therefore review applications and submit the 5 most competitive for consideration by the USP program. Please email applications to the UTC Chair, Dr. Keith Willmott (kwillmott@flmnh.ufl.edu), by February 15th, 2019, so that the UTC will have time to review them before the USP deadline of March 1. Applications should include:

1. The 2019-2020 USP Application form

2. A one-page research summary

3. Letter of support from FLMNH mentor, stating that the mentor will agree to supervise this project and providing any other information to support the student’s application.