Student UF Awards

University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students at the University of Florida to the exciting world of academic research. In this program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project primarily during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year, under the guidance of a faculty member.

Read about COTA undergraduate students and their work under the University Scholars Program (USP).


NameFaculty AdvisorProject Title & Description
Mariana GarciaMelissa Hyde
(School of Art + Art History)
How the female form is used as allegory in paintings about the French Revolution
This research seeks to understand the connections between images of allegories and the female figure during the revolutionary period and how that relates to gender politics of the time.
Chrislian DazaHyo Kang
(Digital Worlds Institute) 
How visual complexity in user interface design impacts attention allocation in individuals with ADHD
This research explores strategies to design user interfaces that might increase productivity, correct usage as well as provide a better user experience for individuals with ADHD.
Cec Wood-BarronXan Burley (School of Theater + Dance)Overlaps between choreographic and literary creative processes
This research explores and highlights the parallels of the creative process between different artistic mediums including choreography and poetry writing.
Serene CheonHyo Kang
(Digital Worlds Institute)  
Design a user interface for the VR simulation program
This research investigates violations of musical expectations to later inform future compositions and uses of music in different mediums to build more emotionally affective experiences for listeners. 
Ashley WuLaura Dallman (School of Music)Emotional effects of violations of musical expectations
This research will make VR technology more accessible by reducing technical barriers and creating a user-friendly interface targeted at social scientists. The project will also contribute to public safety enhancement by assisting criminologists and law enforcement agencies with the analysis of violent crimes.   


NameFaculty AdvisorProject Title & Significance
Aaron D’ZurillaPaul Richards
(School of Music)
Popular Music and Modal Music Theory
This research facilitates analysis of American popular music songs with modal theory, with the intention of using statistical analysis to better understand how the two relate and differ from one another.
Emily LoboscoHeidi J. Boisvert
(School of Theater + Dance)
Biological and Emotional Responses to Partnership in Dance
This research explores the neurobiological effects of dance on gestural behavioral patterns, yielding new choreography, which was used to understand biophysical and arousal data.
Giuliana Gamero-FaggianoXan Burley
(School of Theater + Dance)
The More I Think About It
This research incorporates dance and movement into an investigation of how overthinking affects both mental and physical health.
Jonathan KahnAmelia Winger-Bearskin
(Digital Worlds Institute) 
AI in Artistic Settings
This research investigates applications of the VQGAN-CLIP process to leverage text keywords as an input in the creation of images, additionally using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) in analysis.
Juan FlorezJanna Lower
(School of Music)
Music for Social Change: How the El Sistema-Inspired Miami Music Project and Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Directly Impact the Underserved Youth in Their Communities
This case study research examines the functions, goals, and community impact of the Miami Music Project (MMP) and Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), non-profit organizations with multiple branches throughout Miami and Los Angeles.
Olivia D’AgatiJonathan Helton
(School of Music)
Correlation Between Preference and Emotional Experience in Musical Aesthetics
This research explores the influence of musical preference on an individual’s emotional response to different genres of music, using the responses of high school students as they listened to various musical genres (classical, rock, pop, Latin, EDM, etc.).