UF Summer Programs for High School Students, 2018

We are excited to announce the launch of our online application portal!

This portal allows students, parents, and teachers to use an integrated platform to fill out applications, submit endorsement forms, and complete program forms. Click here to visit the application portal and make an account!

Notifications regarding your account and application progress will come from noreply@smapply.io.  Please add this address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list.

The priority application deadline for all student programs except UF SSTP is March 15th, 2018.  Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling admission if spaces are left in the program.  See the FAQ page about applying to UF SSTP for more information on the rolling admissions process for that program.


Research Immersion in Science and Engineering

Applications Open!

One-week themed residential program for students entering grade 10 from June 17-22

Cost: $900                                                                                                                Application fee: N/A

Research Immersion in Science and Engineering introduces students in the iterative cycle of innovations in science and engineering.  From basic science research to the development of new applications, therapies, and  technologies, students learn how research scientists and engineers contribute new knowledge and innovative approaches to tackle societal issues. Students visit active research laboratories and facilities, attend discussions highlighting current research at UF, and participate in hands-on activities and experiments with leading UF research faculty and graduate students.  A culminating group project encourages collaborative learning, synthesis  of ideas and technologies learned at UF, and the development of new project ideas.

Gator Computing Program  – current 9th and 10th graders

Applications Open!

Two-week non-residential program for students entering grades 10 and 11 from June 4-8 & 11-15

Cost: $500                                                                                                                Application fee: N/A

This program focuses on the pervasive role of computing in the modern world.  Students will engage with researchers from the engineering, social sciences, medical research, and biotechnology disciplines. During week one of the program, students will learn how to use computational tools to solve problems. Then, in week two, students will work to solve a problem in small project teams.  This program is sponsored by UF Information Technology.

Research Explorations (Rex) – current 10th and 11th graders

Two-week residential research program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from July 8-July 20

Cost: $2,400                                                                                                               Application fee: $35

Biomedical Track

The Biomedical Track focuses on translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. This program connects high school students to researchers in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences to promote interest in and preparation for bioscience careers.

Ecotoxicology Track

Applications Open!

The Ecotoxicology Track connects university researchers and students to promote interest in and preparation for environmental science-related careers. Students will engage in a series of activities which highlight the relationship between biological, chemical, and engineering processes needed to mitigate current environmental concerns.

Florida Youth Institute – current 10th and 11th graders

Applications Open!

One-week residential program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from July 15-20 OR July 22-27

Cost: $350                                                                                                                Application fee: N/A

FYI immerses students in various agriculture, life science, and natural resources disciplines to stimulate interest in and an appreciation for the range of college majors and career opportunities available in these areas. This program is sponsored by the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Humanities and the Sunshine State: Florida Water Stories

Applications Open!

– current 10th and 11th graders

One-week residential program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from June 17-23

Cost: $350                                                                                                                Application fee: N/A

Participants explore how Florida’s past has shaped the present and how today’s actions affect the future of the state. Planned activities include visits to special collections, field trips to local Florida landmarks, discussions with prominent UF faculty, a culminating group project, and social activities at the university. Support for this program was provided by the Florida Humanities Council, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Student Science Training Program – current 11th graders

No new out of state applications are being accepted.

Seven-week residential research experience for students entering grade 12 from June 10-July 28

Cost: $4,800                                                                                                                      Application fee: $35

UF SSTP is a research participation program for students considering medicine, math, computer, science, or engineering careers. Students engage in the ongoing research of an assigned faculty-mentor’s lab for 30 hours/week, attend an interdisciplinary  lecture series on current research topics by research faculty, and participate in a UF honors science seminar course.  UF SSTP is a fast paced and rigorousness program for highly motivated, mature, and academically talented students.  In addition to the academic components of the UF SSTP, students develop leadership, organizational, and time managements skills; attend weekend field trips; and participate in social and service learning events.