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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.

Current and past projects include:

Ethnoecology Garden

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

Sports and The Environment

  • Dr. Penn, Department of Environmental Science

One Health: History of Medicine and Science

  • Dr. Agnelli, Department of Classics

Assembly for Action

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

Graham Civic Scholars Program

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

The Financial Burden of Cancer

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


  • Dr. Varma, Department of Epidemiology and Dr. Otufowora, Department of Epidemiology

Community Weatherization Coalition

  • Dr. Nancy Hardt, Department of Pathology

SWAG Neighborhoods and Connections

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

Making It On Your Own and Disadvantaged Citizens

  • Dr. Julia Morrisroe, School of Art

352walls Public Art Project

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

Burden or Lifeblood for the Voluntary Sector?

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

Are you a faculty member who could benefit from student interns?  Please let us know about your project. We will be use this information to recruit students for you.

Are you a student interested in taking this experiential internship course in Spring 2020?  Applications open in October.  For more information, contact Angela Melidosian at: a.melidosian@ufl.edu