2020 Research Immersion in Science & Engineering


Eligible for students entering grade 10

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.

Important Information: Students must make a commitment to attend and participate in the entire program.  Please confirm no other academic, school-related, sports, or family events will conflict with the program dates.

Application Fee:  $20

Program Cost: $900 which includes housing, daily meals, staffing and supervision, program-related fieldtrips, social activities, insurance (primary or excess depending upon parent coverage), and program-themed supplies.

All interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply regardless of ability to pay.  Limited, need-based scholarships, are available for students attending a Florida high school. 

What RISE Offers

Let’s admit it—you’re looking at this page because you’re kind of a science nerd. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! If you want to learn from incredible scientists at UF, all while making friends with other high-achieving students with similar interests to you, you’re in the right place, and we can’t wait to meet you!

Research Immersion in Science and Engineering is a themed program that will introduce you to the iterative cycle of innovations in science and engineering. From basic science research to the development of new applications, therapies, and technologies, you’ll learn how research scientists and engineers contribute new knowledge and innovative approaches to tackle societal issues.

  • From caving with a Florida geology expert, to learning first-hand about the development of virtual reality, to designing cities, RISE has something for everyone. Each year, students explore how different disciplines approach current hot topics in science and society.
  • RISE is a great way to see all that UF has to offer. You’ll get the opportunity to work with current faculty, researchers, and graduate students as well as touring scientific labs and facilities. You’ll also experience other cool aspects of UF campus – from dining halls, to sports facilities, libraries and residence halls.
  • You’ll live with other participants from around the state in an on-campus UF residence hall. Students dine together, and enjoy fun socials, sports, and activities in the evenings with our world-class counselors. Students arrive as strangers and leave as life-long friends!
Application Requirements for RISE

Applicants must create an account in our online application portal in order to apply for any student programs offered by UF CPET. The online application portal is www.ufcpet.smapply.us.  All components are submitted using the online application process unless noted.  After all the below components of the application are completed, student must log into their account and SUBMIT their application.

A RISE Application consists of the following:

User Information: Provide applicant and parent/guardian contact information.

Application Form:  Additional information as well as answering two writing prompts.  The two writing prompts are as follows (each is 300- 500 words):

  • Prompt 1: What is your favorite subject or activity? What do you enjoy about this subject/activity?
  • Prompt 2: Please describe an experience that made you excited or curious to learn more about a topic in science, technology, math, engineering or computer science.

Endorsement Form:  One online Endorsement Form filled out and submitted by a high-school or college-level math, science, research, or computer science teacher or mentor is required. 

  • We encourage you to ask a teacher or mentor who knows you well in a subject area you would like to pursue while you are here.
  • Endorsers will receive an automated request from noreply@smapply.io once a student has requested an endorsement in their online application. However, we recommend that students contact their teacher prior to filling out the online request.

  • If they do not receive an email from our system, please double-check that you have their correct email address before contacting us. This is the #1 reason why teachers do not receive the endorsement form.

High School Transcript (Offline Task*, see note below):  Submit your unofficial transcript with first semester (Fall, 2018) grades to UF CPET via hard-copy or FAX.

  • Our mailing address is UF CPET/RISE, PO Box 112010, Gainesville, FL  
  • Our FAX is 352-392-2344 (Not sure how to FAX? Ask your guidance counselor for help.)
  • Our fax machine gets really busy during application season, especially as deadlines approach. Make sure your fax sends before walking away! 
  • Students are required to have started their application before transcripts are received. Transcripts received without an associated on-line application account will be destroyed

Application Fee (Offline Task*, see note below):  The link to pay the $20 Application Fee is available from our How to Pay Page.  Students attending a Florida High School who qualify for free and reduced may request an Application Fee Waiver.

  • *Offline Tasks: In the application portal, students are required to acknowledge the requirement of the each of these “off-line” portions by clicking “submit for approval”. The CPET office will log receipt of the each requirement. Please note that our system may be automated, but our process isn’t!  When you send your transcript, we still need to look it over and make sure it has everything we need before a person goes into the system to let you know that we’ve received it. This can take up to three business days based on how many applications we are receiving simultaneously. After the requirement is logged, students will need to complete the section by clicking “complete” in the on-line portal.
Application Deadlines & Notifications

The application deadline is March 15th.  If the program is not filled during the first round of application review, applications will be reviewed and students will be notified of decisions every two weeks.

Once the first round of applications is received, they are reviewed by our Selection Committee.  This review process can take 3 or more weeks, so please be patient.  Each member of our committee carefully reads each application, transcript, and teacher endorsement we receive.  This process takes time.  Frequent calls can slow this process.  Once we have reached a decision, we will send out an email through our online application portal.  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.

Please note that applicants, not their parents, receive all correspondence from our office.  It is the student’s responsibility to provide a working email address and check that email address regularly for communication from UF CPET.  Failure to respond to email in a timely manner may result in the student being placed on the wait list. At any time applicants and parent “collaborators” may check on acceptance status in the on-line portal.

 Possible decisions are as follows:  invited to attend, waitlist, or not invited.