Student Involvement

Student involvement is an integral part of your student experience. There are hundreds of organizations and involvement opportunities available to students. For a listing of student organizations, please visit the Office of Student Activities and Involvement here. The College of Health and Human Performance offers the following sponsored programs: 

HHP Ambassadors

HHP Ambassadors serve as the “face” of the College and represents HHP at various events including Freshman Preview, New Student Convocation, HHP Tailgates, Spring Awards, Internship/Job Fair and more!  We are looking for outgoing and enthusiastic students to represent our College at recruiting, alumni and community events.
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The University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program presents UF undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors while pursuing fundamental research, exploring scholarly inquiry and developing new knowledge. University Scholars will receive a $1,750 research stipend (two payments with $750 in Fall and $1,000 in Spring). Faculty mentors will receive $500. Scholars also have the opportunity to publish their work in UF’s on-line Journal of Undergraduate Research, and will present their research in the University Scholars Symposium.

Eligibility and Nominations

Applicants must have at least one more year of undergraduate studies remaining and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. To be eligible, you must not earn your bachelor’s degree before spring 2025. For 2024-2025 applicants, the student can conduct research during summer/fall 2024 and spring 2025. Selected students must register for 0-5 credit hours of Undergraduate Research during Summer A/C, fall 2024 and spring 2025. Please confer with your academic advisor and faculty mentor to determine which research course you should register. The instructor of record for these courses will be the faculty mentor identified in the USP application. Students will be evaluated on their progress toward research goals and the agreement of expectations by the faculty mentor.

HHP Nominations should include:

  • The application: 2024-2025 USP Application
  • A resume, not to exceed two pages
  • A letter of support from the faculty supervisor (mentor) including a statement noting if human and/or animal IRB training is required
  • Research problem statement, rationale and significance of the study (maximum 1 page)
  • Appropriate human or animal subjects protection training certificate (see below)
  • Agreement of expectations: The mentor and student must determine the expectations of the University Scholar. This agreement should indicate expectations for summer/fall 2024 and spring 2025. Expectations may include number of hours, products/outcomes of this research opportunity, working with other team members, submission of conference abstract, etc. (maximum 1 page)

Submission packets are due by Thursday, February 1, 2024 by 4:00pm. Applications can be submitted via dropbox: or via email to  

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Selection Process

A maximum of five HHP University Scholars, distributed across the Departments of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology; Health Education & Behavior; Sport Management, and Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management will be selected. Awardees must attend and participate in all University Scholar Program activities that are sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research.

Students selected for USP must register for the appropriate number of credits hours for the Undergraduate Research course in their department. Please consult your faculty mentor for the appropriate number of credit hours (can register for 0-5 credits per term). Students must speak to a HHP academic adviser to register for the appropriate undergraduate research course. Click on one of the links below for more details:

Presentation of Research Projects

Awardees must submit a final paper and present at the University Scholars Symposium during Spring 2025.

Animal and Human Subjects Protection

Working with your mentor you will decide if you should complete the animal and/or human subjects protection training/certification program.

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HHPeers: Mentor/Mentee Program

About the Program

The HHPeers Program aims to match new students (mentee) with an upperclassman (mentor). HHPeer Mentors will be able to help their HHPeer mentee adjust to life at UF, offer advice on a variety of topics, based on their own personal learning experiences (i.e. living with roommates or off campus, places to find student employment, campus resources, classes they enjoyed taking, reminders of academic deadlines, etc.) and form a community. The main goal of the program is to create a family-like atmosphere within HHP and help connect students to the college as soon as they arrive. The selected upperclassmen will officially serve as a HHPeer mentor for the entirety of the 2022-2023 academic year. It is the program’s hope that the HHPeer mentor-mentee relationship will continue beyond the academic year.

Who is eligible to be a HHPeer mentor?

Interested students must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in an HHP major with a 3.0 minimum UF GPA and not graduate before spring 2023.

Who is eligible to be an HHPeer mentee?

Any freshman or first-semester transfer student who has chosen a major within the College of Health & Human Performance.

Application Process


  • Have completed a minimum of 30 UF credits in an HHP major with a 3.0 minimum UF GPA and NOT graduate before Spring 2023.
  • Complete the HHPeers Mentor application in this form with a copy of their current résumé by September 22, 2022 at 5:00pm.
  • Sign up for a 20-minute interview with HHP Dean's Staff (time/date TBA).

Mentor Responsibilities | If selected, an HHPeer mentor should...

  • Attend a 2 hour training to prepare for the role (announced upon selection).
  • Attend the "Meet Your Mentor" event (announced upon selection).
  • Attend one of two developmental workshops (TBA)
  • Meet with each mentee a minimum of 3 meetings per Fall/Spring term.
  • Be familiar with the needs of new students.
  • Develop rapport with the mentee through regular meetings/interactions (a minimum of 3 meetings per fall/spring term.)
  • Be accessible and willing to assist the mentee (via email, phone or text.)
  • Serve as an academic role model.


Applicants must:

  • Be a freshman or first-semester transfer student who has chosen a major within the College of Health & Human Performance.
  • Complete the HHPeer Mentee application in this form with a copy of their current résumé by September 29, 2022 at 5:00pm.

Mentee Responsibilities | If selected, an HHPeer mentee should...

  • Attend the identified "Meet Your Mentor" event (time/date TBA).
  • Meet with the identified HHPeer mentor a minimum of 3 meetings per Fall/Spring term.
  • Be willing to ask questions
  • Be open to receiving advice/guidance from your HHPeer Mentor.

Program Guidelines

  • The Office of Academic & Student Affairs will make sure mentors adhere to the rules of appropriate conduct with the mentees.
  • Applications will be reviewed with mentor/mentee assignments made by mid-October. Mentors/mentees will be assigned by the Office of Academic & Student Affairs. Both the mentor and mentee will be notified via email of their selection and assignments.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Eberhart ( with any clarifications or questions related to the HHPeers Program.


Undergraduate Research

The primary purpose of this course is to provide the student an opportunity for involvement in supervised research experiences. “Research” is operationally defined here as mentored, but self-directed work that enables individual students or a small group of students to explore an issue of interest to them and to communicate the results to others. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, discovery, or application, depending on the topic and mentor. The student will be aware of how her or his project fits into and contributes to solving the larger problem to which it belongs. The student will usually assist a faculty member with a research project by helping to prepare the study and contributing in a meaningful way in meeting the objectives of the study. The student may also work with graduate students who are performing research supervised by a research faculty member.

Opportunites and requirements differ by department. Click on a link below for more detailed information: