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The Active Learning Program

Are you an undergraduate student looking to have a positive impact during your time at UF while developing crucial professional and research skills that can strengthen your competitiveness in the job market and future graduate level education?

Are you a faculty member engaged in a research project that could benefit from a team of well-trained undergraduate interns?

Then consider the Active Learning Program!

The Active Learning Program supports UF faculty engaged in hands-on research with eager, well-trained students.

The goals of the Active Learning Program are to:


  • Advance UF faculty members’ research projects
  • Increase UF students’ professional skill sets and experiential education through training, hands-on research and/or community engagement
  • Help build a sustainable campus and community

Students enroll in a semester-long, 3-credit internship course (IDS 4940) in which they receive instruction, training and mentorship while conducting research and/or engaging the community.  Professional skills labs are provided to help students develop their research, communication, leadership, organizational, and collaboration skills.

Professional skills labs are held Tuesdays, periods 8-10.  Internship hours will vary depending on the project.

Are you a faculty member who could benefit from student interns?  Please let us know about your project. We will use this information to recruit students for you.   For more information, contact Angela Melidosian at:

Are you a student interested in this experiential learning opportunity? Learn about the internship and research opportunities for the Fall 2020 semester.

Current and past projects include:

Assembly for Action

  • Dr. Dickison, Associate Director of Academic Programs for the Bob Graham Center

Assessing Driver Attention Around Vulnerable Road Users

  • Dr Eakta Jain, Computer & Information Sciences and Engineering

Burden or Lifeblood for the Voluntary Sector

  • Dr. Deepthi Varma and Dr. Linda Cottler, Department of Epidemiology

Community Weatherization Coalition

  • Dr. Nancy Hardt, Department of Pathology

Ethics in the Public Sphere

  • Dr. Anna Peterson, Religion

Ethnoecology Garden

  •  Dr. Stepp, Departments of Anthropology and Latin American Studies

Eye-Tracking and Assessing Driver Attention Around Vulnerable Road Users

  • Dr Eakta Jain, Computer & Information Sciences and Engineering

The Financial Burden of Cancer

  • Dr. Gutter, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Graham Civic Scholars Program

  • Dr. Baron, Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Bob Graham Center


  • Dr. Catherine Striley, Department of Epidemiology

Healthy Aging Functional Ability Lab

  • Dr. Chiung-ju Liu, Orthopedic Therapy

High Protein Snack and Serum Albumin of Hemodialysis Patients

  • Dr. Jeanette Andrade, Food Science and Nutrition

Making It On Your Own Program

  • Dr. Randy Cantrell, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Nature and Nurture

  • Dr. Leslie Paul Thiele, Political Science and Sustainability Studies

One Health: History of Medicine and Science

  • Dr. Agnelli, Department of Classics

Oral History: The Douglass Center

  • Dr. Katherine Allen, IFAS Extension

Plastic Surgery Post-Operative Outcomes Based on Surgical Facility Type

  • Dr. Ellen Satteson, Department of Plastic Surgery

Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery Awareness and Outreach Project

  • Ms. Sarah Uhrig, Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery

Reducing the Postharvest Loss of Quinoa

  • Dr. Tie Liu, Horticulture Sciences

Sports and The Environment

  • Dr. Penn, Department of Environmental Science

SWAG Neighborhoods and Connections

  • Dr. Julia Morrisroe, School of Art

352Walls Public Art Project

  • Dr. Jennifer A. Jones, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences