Research mentors for UF SSTP

We invite members of the University community to participate as laboratory hosts for the 59th Annual University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF SSTP).

UF SSTP Overview:

UF SSTP is a seven week residential research participation program for rising high school seniors running from June 11 – July 29, 2017. Students selected to participate in the UF SSTP are at the top of their high school class, highly motivated with the maturity to work in a research laboratory. Most will enter STEM disciplines as a direct result of their UF SSTP experience. Although the lab experience is the cornerstone of SSTP, we offer a comprehensive program that includes faculty lectures, an interdisciplinary science honors seminar, leadership development, service projects, social events, and field trips.  The UF SSTP creates an environment that promotes the academic and personal growth of students, supported by CPET residential and academic counselors, CPET administrative staff, and the laboratory team.  By participating in the UF SSTP students learn through an authentic research experience how to conduct university-level research as part of a lab team. Over 5200 alumni include UF Faculty and other professionals and pre-professionals throughout the world.

UF SSTP Goals

  • Provide a research learning experienceDSC00531
  • Expose students to the breadth of scientific research at UF
  • Develop students’ scientific writing skills and public speaking abilities as the students work with trained SSTP counselors and mentors
  • Provide opportunities for problem solving, collaborative work, and peer mentorships
  • Motivate students toward careers in STEM or scientific research
  • Introduce students to the university environment
  • Assist UF faculty with Broader Impact goals

More details about the UF SSTP program are available from our SSTP webpage.

Lab Host Opportunity:

Lab hosts engage students in on-going research as part of their lab. Each UF SSTP participant is matched to a lab based on the criteria indicted by faculty in the Laboratory Host Response Form and the student’s interest, experience, and career goals.  Mentors may also opt to select the student assigned to his or her lab.

Lab Host Responsibility

  • Engage your student in university-level research as a part of your team. At the discretion of the lab host, SSTP students may assist in on-going research, may be given a special short-term project to complete, or may be invited to develop a research questions based on lab goals and resources.
  • Provide supervision in the laboratory by faculty, graduate student(s), and/or laboratory staff. Designate one staff member to be Youth Protection Trained by completing an 435 Live Scan background screening and brief on-line training module.
  • Give lab-specific safety training. The UF SSTP will provide three hours of lab safety training though EHS. Complete the EHS Minors in the Lab Registration Form.
  • Mentor your student in best lab practices, scientific inquiry, and research careers.
  • Direct the student’s activities and development with respect to background research and lab procedures. Lab hosts may provide professional development by reviewing drafts of the student’s research papers.
  • Assess student learning in this three-credit, dual enrollment experience.

SSTP Participant Obligations

  • Patel, Jay SSTP 2014 Lab Photo (3)Participate fully in all assigned program activities between June 11 – July 29, 2017.
  •  Work in laboratories during assigned times: Mondays – Thursdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, and Fridays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Follow all lab protocols, UF regulations, and program rules.
  • Read all lab and program material. Ask questions.
  • Be respectful, responsible, and display a high level of maturity at all times.
  • Attend faculty lectures, seminars, field trips, and other scheduled program activities held outside of laboratory hours, including an evening, three-credit dual enrollment seminar course.
  • Complete all program academic requirements including developing a literature search, presenting research at a mid-term talk and end of program talk, preparing a research poster, and submitting a research paper.

We hope you will be available and willing to include one or more academically talented high school students in your research program this summer.  Any further questions may be directed to Ms. Christy Rodkin in the CPET office at 392-2310 or christy@cpet.ufl.edu.