Symposium Activities

Pre-Symposium Activities | Faculty Research Talks | Lab Visits | Science and Humanities Forums | 9th and 10th Grade STEM Research Speaker Session | Poster Session | UF College Fair | Social Activities

Symposium Schedule

2018 JSEHS General Schedule will be published soon!

Pre-Symposium Activities

Optional pre-symposium activities offer additional enrichment opportunities for JSEHS participants. These activities include tours of facilities and activities near the UF campus and are different from lab visits offered during the symposium. Participants have the option to attend one activity. Most activities run from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Activities are free; however a small optional fee may be required for special admissions or supplies.

All participants are welcome to attend, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Chaperones are required to attend the events with students. Transportation to and from the events is the responsibilities of the group.

Pre-Symposium Activities are currently being developed and will be updated on the website. For the most up-to-date listing of offerings, please visit the JSEHS website frequently. If you are interested in an activity or type of activity, but don’t see it listed, please contact us by emailing or calling 352-392-2310!

Groups wishing to participate should email with a list of their top preferences and the number of participants wishing to attend each activity. JSEHS will assign groups to requested activities as space allows. JSEHS will contact the person coordinating the group to confirm participation in the assigned activity.

Faculty Research Talks- 2018 Speakers TBA

The 2016 Sunday Evening Keynote Speaker for the 2016 JSEHS was Dr. Christine E. Schmidt  She is the Pruitt Family Professor and Department Chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Schmidt is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) of the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. She is the present Chair for the College of Fellows for AIMBE, a recent member of the Board of Directors for BMES, and has served as the Conference Chair for the BMES annual meeting in 2010.

She has received numerous research, teaching, and advising awards, including the American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship from NSF’s Division of Materials Research, the Chairmen’s Distinguished Life Sciences Award by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and a Whitaker Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Schmidt’s research is focused on developing new biomaterials and biomaterial composites (e.g., natural material scaffolds, processed tissues, electronic polymer composites) that can be used to physically guide and stimulate regenerating nerves and the healing of other tissues. Dr. Schmidt is active in commercialization efforts. Her research on development of decellularized nerve tissue has been licensed and utilized in AxoGen Inc.’s Avance® nerve graft, which has impacted many thousands of patients who suffer from peripheral nerve injuries. Her research is also the foundation for the start-up company, Alafair Biosciences, in Austin Texas that focuses on internal wound care management. Dr. Schmidt has additional patents licensed to companies such as Smith and Nephew and Siluria Technologies, Inc., and many new invention disclosures.

Lab Visits

Over 50 UF research professors provide small-group lab tours to JSEHS participants. Students, teachers, and parents have an opportunity to explore on-going research, participate in demonstrations, and learn about science careers. Research faculty from all disciplines of science, engineering, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science participate in JSEHS.

JSEHS participants visit two research labs on Monday morning. Participants are assigned to a lab tour group.  ROTC Cadets serve as campus tour guides for JSEHS lab groups providing an opportunity for participates to explore the UF campus and interact with current college students. Participants have an opportunity to indicate a preference of biological or physical labs when registering for JSEHS.

Science and Humanities Forums

The  Science and Humanities Forums provide opportunities for all student participants to present original library or bench research to peers, teachers, parents, and representatives from UF. The forums are non-competitive and no selection process is required; although students must preregister to present their research. Students gain professional communication experience and receive feedback on their research and presentation. All JSEHS participants attend the forums and participate in the feedback and discussion process.

The two Science and Humanities Forums are as follows:

9th and 10th Grade STEM Research Speaker Session

9th and 10th grade students who have conducted library or bench research and demonstrated an aptitude for verbal presentations are invited to participate in the 9th and 10th Grade STEM Research Speaker Session. The presentation sessions are an opportunity for students to share current research information with peers, to develop professional verbal presentation skills, and to prepare students for future science competition.  Please visit the Science and Humanities Forums page for full details about participating in these presentations and review the  9th and 10th Grade STEM Research Speaker Registration Handout for information about participating in this activity and to register.

Poster Session

All JSEHS student participants are invited and encouraged to present humanities or science research (library or bench), science models, or science-based visual arts such as drawings or photography at the  Poster Session.
Student work will be display in the University of Florida J Wayne Reitz Union on Monday, January 30, 2017.   Students will stand at their work during an attended poster session Monday evening at which time peers, teachers,  parents, faculty, and other UF representative will be available to speak with students about their work.  Please visit the Science and Humanities Forums page for details about participating in the Poster Session and review the Poster Session Handout for more information.

UF College Fair

UF pre-professional organizations, science clubs, and humanities groups bring hands-on demonstrations and information to students, teachers, and parents.  Representatives form UF Admissions, Financial Aid, special programs, and various Colleges and Departments will also be  available for share information.  The UF College Fair is held during the boxed-lunch on Monday, January 30th.   In addition to experiencing a sample of what UF has to offer beyond the classroom, students can ask current UF students questions about college majors and career choices.

View a list of groups previously represented at the Florida Regional JSEHS UF College Fair.

Humanities Presentation

Social Activities

Formal and informal social activities are offered during the Florida Regional JSEHS.