New Center for Undergraduate Research

Published: June 21st, 2010

Category: Memos

Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President Bernard Mair, Associate Provost

It is our pleasure to announce the formation of the new Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) at the University of Florida and the appointment of Dr. Anne Donnelly as director of the center effective July 1, 2010.

With research expenditures of over half a billion dollars last year, the University of Florida thrives on a vibrant research engine that plays a major role in Florida’s knowledge-based economy. The Center for Undergraduate Research will fill a critical need for coordination of the large number of research opportunities and services available for UF undergraduates. This office will benefit both students and faculty by providing a central database of research opportunities, helping students navigate the research process, increasing the visibility of existing programs and developing new ones. The center will also provide administrative and training resources for departments that wish to develop or improve their capabilities in these areas. In particular, the University Scholars Program that has been administered by the Honors Program will now move to this new office.

Anne Donnelly holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Florida and has been involved in science education at various levels since 1982. Dr. Donnelly comes to this new position from the Particle Science Engineering Research Center (PERC) at UF where she has been the Director of the Southeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SEAGEP) since 1998 and PERC Associate Director for Education and Outreach since 1997. The new center will be physically located on the third floor of the Student Infirmary.

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