Thursday, August 17, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"Are you a pre-health student looking for immersive shadowing opportunities?
Through the Atlantis Project, you could spend your university breaks traveling to exciting countries while boosting your professional school resume! The Atlantis Project offers fellowships for students in Italy, Spain, Greece, and many other countries. During your fellowship you will spend 20+ hours per week showing one-on-one with local doctors, and spend your free time exploring local culture. Atlantis fellows live and learn in new locations, growing their understanding of medicine and other cultures.
In addition to providing the shadowing experience that proves a commitment to the profession, the Atlantis Fellowship helps students improve their medical school applications through extra opportunities such as volunteering, medical humanities research, and MCAT and AMCAS prep.
If you have any interest or questions, the University of Florida has an Alumni Ambassador for the Atlantis Project, Leah Truckenbrod. She was an Atlantis Fellow in the summer of 2016 in Talavera, Spain. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her by phone (321-578-2752) or email (email@example.com). By speaking with Leah, you can fast-track your application by placing it priority review and get a first-hand account of her wonderful experience with the Atlantis Project.
Applications are open! The Atlantis Project accepts applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better chance you will be accepted and placed in your preferred location. Reach out to Leah now!"
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
My interest in veterinary medicine began while at a therapeutic stable that served physically and mentally handicapped children and young adults. I was partnered with a faithful old horse named Rocky and a young boy who had severe learning disabilities that made it difficult for him to understand social ques. It was with Rocky that this young boy became confident enough to talk with volunteers and his care takers. I witnessed firsthand how animals can help people physically and emotionally and how with an animal personal growth is possible. I want to become a veterinarian in order to help animals like Rocky so more people can benefit from their unfailing love and patience. Since high school, I have volunteered and worked at a therapeutic barn, shadowed veterinarians during my breaks in college, assisted with Nutrition studies of large animals, and worked at the Oncology service of the University of Florida’s Veterinary Hospital.
At the therapeutic barn, my responsibilities consisted of feeding and taking care of the herd while also organizing volunteers. I was also responsible in calling and helping the veterinarian when emergencies occurred. It was then that I was able to assist with colic cases and lacerations. It was interesting to see the veterinary practice from the viewpoint of a business and how to communicate with the board of trustees as well as the veterinarian in order to get the animal back to his usual self. I was also responsible of keeping basic injuries from getting infected and bandaging them up. It was here that I really became interested in becoming a veterinarian which helped me into college.
I also shadowed countless amounts of veterinarians throughout the last few years. Some of these veterinarians were at Springhill Veterinary Hospital and it was here that I began to show an interest in dentistry of large animals. I always knew that a horse’s mouth is essential to the health of an animal, but until then I had never known much about floating teeth and what that procedure looked like. I was also able to see firsthand what the everyday tasks are of a veterinarian and what a typical workday looks like. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling and meeting different people and seeing how different people train and interact with their farm animals.
At the University of Florida, I was able to start volunteering at the Dermatology service and then eventually was hired as a Veterinary Technician Assistant in the Oncology service. So far this has been the most exciting of my experiences. I have been able to learn about a touchy subject like cancer with some of the greatest people and understand the treatment plans and their limitations. It has been a highlight to see how doctors are able to communicate with hurting clients and how animals who seemed to have no chance of survival have surpassed the odds. Since working here it has been clear that there is no other industry that I’d rather be in. The fast-paced world of the hospital has only encouraged me to understand and ask questions throughout my days at the university.
Beyond shadowing and working alongside veterinarians, I have also gained experience in research. I was fortunate enough to help with analyzing the digestibility of different types of hay in horses. This was particularly interesting because it became clear that nutrition and good health are essential. I enjoyed taking basic laboratory practices I have learned throughout my undergraduate degree and finding a practical use for them. It was also eye opening to find out how much data and information that can be derived from the feces of an animal. During this time, I was also able to join the Exotic Animal Club where I was introduced to a vast array of careers under the veterinary medicine industry. These two opportunities as well as my past work experiences have helped me shape my career goals into one of veterinary medicine research. I want to not only be a brilliant veterinarian, but I want to be able to simplify or increase the knowledge base for medical procedures and diagnosis. I know I have a long way to go before I get to make discoveries, but becoming a veterinarian would assist me in reaching my goals.
Veterinary medicine has become my life and my passion. I see how animals effect the world and I want to ensure that they are as safe and comfortable in order to keep helping people around them. It is with this mindset that I have pushed myself to be the best I can be and has caused me to grow academically as well as personally.
The Center for Undergraduate Research is very pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Student Government, we will be co-hosting the First Annual Undergraduate Research EXPO.
WHEN: Tuesday Oct. 24th, 2017
WHERE: Rion Ballroom, Reitz Union
WHY: The goal of the EXPO is to provide a forum for undergraduates of all disciplines to meet and talk with faculty about undergraduate research. This is to expose them to the wide variety of research questions being explored on our campus, give them a chance to introduce themselves to faculty, and to encourage them to include undergraduate research in their college career.
We are hoping that faculty from all disciplines will attend this meet-and-greet. It is not necessary that you be actively recruiting undergraduate researchers, but rather be available to discuss your research and to respond to any questions students may have.
No individual table displays or presentations are required, but if you would like to display a poster we can accommodate it. If you are part of a center or group and would like a table, we can provide one.
Student Government has graciously agreed to provide light refreshments during the evening.
We hope you can join us for this inaugural event. To register go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1a33d4HLIKtr1qvful-y8yneLUM3Dq6QrqO3xbf5aDFQ/edit.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you for your support of undergraduate research at UF!
Dr. Anne Donnelly
Director, Center for Undergraduate Research
PO Box 117535
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
ALS 4932: Mentoring the Scientific Process
We are looking for 20 undergraduates with a science background (1 year of chemistry and biology) who are interested in motivating, mentoring, and helping underserved 6th graders with their science fair project over the fall of 2017. A commitment of a minimum of 20 hours of community service learning in addition to the 2-credit course is required.
You would be required to attend all classes throughout the semester on Wednesdays from 4:20 until 6 p.m.; additionally, you must also be able to attend the second class from 4:20 until 8 p.m. on August 30 (dinner will be provided). Classes are held at Westwood Middle School. Undergraduates participating in the program must have their own transportation to the middle school (2 miles from UF Campus).
This is the 14th year that students at UF have partnered with Westwood Middle School. Data from our program show that the amount of time and number of visits the undergrads made to the middle school made the biggest impact on how well the 6th graders did in science class and on their science fair judging scores. The 6th grader's FCAT reading and writing scores, GPA, and race were not significant contributors. This means that YOU have the power to make a 6th grader successful, if you make the commitment to help.
The course, which will guide you through the research process and help you develop mentoring skills, is attendance based, so it is imperative that you attend every class. If you are interested in participating in this program (for 2 credits), please contact the instructor.
Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, PhD
Room 309 Food Science and Human Nutrition Building