Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Fees – The program fee for Science Quest is $850 per week. Included in the fee for Science Quest are all laboratory supplies, housing, and daily meals, as well as evening social events, transportation to site visits and admission cost, and a program shirt. Participants need only bring personal spending money. Transportation to and from Gainesville is the responsibility of the students and their families.

Financial Aid – Regardless of your financial situation, we encourage you to complete the application procedure by the submission deadline. If you have been selected to attend and will need assistance, contact the program coordinator after invitations. There are no formal scholarships for this program at this time, but CPET staff can work with your family to find a solution to enable to you attend.  We have had many participants do their own fundraising with great support from their local community; see our Fundraising Suggestions for more details.

What about housing and supervision?

Housing – Science Quest participants and residential staff live in the Hume Residence Hall on the UF campus. Each suite has two double-occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Please visit the highlighted link above for more information on this residence. Upon invitation to participate in the Science Quest program, students will be mailed detailed information on the kinds of items they will want to bring with them for their stay during the program.

Program Staff – Participants are well cared for during Science Quest. The Science Quest Coordinator, two instructors, a program assistant, and two residential counselors work together to provide an academically stimulating, enjoyable, and safe week for each student.

Who is eligible, and how do I apply?

Eligibility – Applicants must be enrolled as a current freshman in high school, entering their sophomore year following the summer.

Application – Interested high school freshmen should complete the application form, request a teacher recommendation, respond to the provided short answer topics, and submit completed materials with a copy of applicant’s first semester (freshman) report card with cumulative GPA. We will begin reviewing applications in mid March. Applicants are encouraged to submit completed materials as early as possible. Please visit our 2016 Application Information Page for more details. Forms can also be requested by contacting the UF CPET office.

Please mail the completed application form to the following Mailing Address:

Science Quest
Center for Precollegiate Education and Training
University of Florida
334 Yon Hall
PO Box 112010
Gainesville, FL 32611-2010