Guidelines for the University Scholars Program-CON

What is it?

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.

Who is eligible?

Sophomore and junior nursing students with a minimum GPA of 3.6 are invited to apply. The College of Nursing will select up to three sophomore nursing students to work with faculty members on their research. In some cases junior students may also be eligible.

What are the program details?

  • During Summer A/C 2018, scholars must register for at least 1 credit of independent study to conduct their research. They will be mentored by a CON faculty member.
  • During Fall 2018, scholars take 1 credit of independent study to write up their research project and submit it for publication or presentation.
  • Scholars are required to present and submit for publication. Students will present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium during Spring semester 2019 and are expected to publish their work in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. Students are also encouraged to present and publish in their respective fields, if possible.
  • Each University Scholar receives a stipend of $1750.

Application Procedures

  • Go to to learn more about the program. Use the University Scholars Program application form.
  • Review the list of participating faculty members.
  • Talk with the faculty member you are interested in working with and request a letter of support to accompany your application.
  • Submit the application to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing (HPNP Room 2201, Office for Research Support).
  • Deadline for College of Nursing students is February 15, 2018.
  • Students will be notified of decisions on March 2, 2018.
  • You will be required to attend an orientation on Thursday, March 22, 2018, if you are selected.
  • Call 352-273-6321 for more information.

CON Faculty Members and their Research Interests

  • Cimiotti, Jeannie,  PhD, RN, FAAN–  Clinical trials, survey development and implementation, working with large patient data sets, and an array of analytic techniques. Research interests have focused on nurse workforce factors, and the quality of patient care in the hospital setting for adult and pediatric clients.
  • Cook, Christa, PhD, RN- HIV, Health Care Access and Engagement, Disparities, Community Engagement and Qualitative Methods
  • Elder, Jennifer, PhD, RN, FAAN- Autism and related child neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Ezenwa, Miriam, PhD, RN Health disparities in pain management, particularly, healthcare injustice, a psychological stressor, as an explanatory factor for the disparities; pain and symptom management for people with sickle cell disease or cancer; palliative care for end-of-life cancer patients; biobehavioral research including cortisol as a biomarker of stress and use of computer technologies for stress and pain measurement, and delivery of stress reduction intervention in sickle cell disease.
  • Glover, Toni, PhD, GNP, RNP, CPE- Pain in older adults, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Health Disparities
  • Horgas, Ann, PhD, RN, FAAN Pain, fatigue and sleep disruption in the elderly and pain management in persons with dementia.
  • Johnson-Mallard, Versie, PhD, ARNP- Clinical practice, research and publications are in the area of women’s health, reproductive health promotion, sexually transmitted infection prevention, HPV/cancer screening/prevention/vaccination and behavior change in response to culturally appropriate educational interventions (e-Learn and Print).
  • Keenan, Gail, PhD, RN, FAAN– Dr. Keenan’s innovative research focuses on capturing standardized nursing and clinical data for improving the planning, delivery, cost and health outcomes of nursing care across the continuum. She has developed HANDS, the “Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System”, that provides rich data that represents nursing care provision, measures care impact and supports care planning over time.
  • Kelly, Debra Lynch, PhD- Current active research includes epigenetic changes in women with breast cancer and symptoms; gut microbiota and inflammation in individuals discordant for chronic graft-versus-host disease and symptoms following bone marrow transplantation; factors of gut microbiota, vitamin D and inflammation on persistent post-surgical pain and other quality of life indicators in women with breast cancer; and mitochondrial dysfunction and fatigue in men receiving radiation for prostate cancer
  • Krueger, Charlene, PhD, RN Biobehavioral measures in the premature infant and fetus; comparisons between infants in preterm and normal uterine environment and response to maternal voice.
  • Lucero, Robert, PhD, MPH, RN- Design, development, and evaluation of consumer and clinician-centered health information technology. Secondary use of electronic clinical data for use in comparative effectiveness research. Research targets include quality, self-management, healthy aging, and maintaining independence. Population focus is on the aging (acute care and community-based settings) and caregiver dyads.
  • Lyon, Debra, PhD, RN, FAAN Symptom management in women with breast cancer.
  • McDaniel, Anna, PhD, RN, FAAN- Using technology for cancer prevention and control, specifically the treatment of nicotine dependence
  • Parker, Leslie PhD, MSN, ARNP Breastfeeding critically ill infants benefits, components of breast milk and interventions to increase milk supply in mothers of premature infants
  • Schaffer, Susan, PhD, ARNP– Asthma medication adherence, women’s health during menopause, outcomes of interprofessional education
  • Stacciarini, Jeanne-Marie, PhD, RN Depression among minorities, community-based interventions for minority populations and group-treatment among minorities.
  • Stechmiller, Joyce, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN Immune function, nutritional status and interventions for wound healing in adults and elderly.
  • Weaver, Michael, PhD, RN, FAAN  Applied statistics and health prevention and promotion
  • Wilkie, Diana, PhD, RN, FAAN- Use of informatics to promote patient-centered care and big data science; pain assessment; biobehavioral therapies for cancer pain; behavioral correlates of cancer pain; palliative and end-of-life care; sickle cell disease pain mechanisms, assessment and management; reproductive choices for people with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait; intervention research
  • Yoon, Saun-joo, PhD, RN Using complementary and alternative therapies for health promotion and managing chronic illness in older adults.