Oct 17, 2019  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 

Research & Teaching Services

The information in this catalog is current as of July 2011. Please contact individual programs for any additional information or changes

Computer Facilities
Art Galleries
Performing Arts
Florida Museum of Natural History
Agricultural Experiment Station
Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station
Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering (UF EDGE)
Office of Research
University Press of Florida


The libraries of the University of Florida (UF Libraries) form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida and include nine libraries. Eight are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries, and one (Legal Information Center) is attached to the law school’s administrative unit. All of the libraries serve the entire community, but each has a special mission to be the primary support of specific colleges and degree programs. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of research, scholars may find collections built in one library to serve a specific discipline or constituency to be of great importance to their own research. The University of Florida Gator 1 card provides access to library services.

The library home page offers a wealth of information about the libraries and links to a vast array of resources. Print and electronic collections can be accessed through the library catalog as well as through general and subject specific databasesLibrary Guides are available by subject to guide the user to appropriate resources. Materials not held on campus can be quickly located and borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. Reference service is available in each library as well as via phone, email and chat. All of the libraries provide special services to help students and faculty with disabilities.

 For Library Hours

Workstations in UF libraries provide access to the whole array of electronic resources and services. Licensing for library databases, e-journals and e-books restricts off-campus access to staff, students and faculty.

Library orientation programs are offered at the beginning of each term. In addition, instruction librarians will work with faculty and teaching assistants to develop and present course-specific library instruction sessions for their students. Subject specialists, who work closely with faculty and graduate students to select materials for the collections, also advise graduate students and other researchers who need specialized bibliographic knowledge to define local and global information resources available to support specific research.

Library West houses most of the humanities and social science collections; professional collections in support of business, health and human performance, and journalism; the African Studies Collection; the Asian Studies Collection; and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. Library West includes 84 individual graduate study carrels that are assigned for the academic year. An online application form is available here: http://apps.uflib.ufl.edu/cars/. In addition, the sixth floor of Library West is a study area reserved for graduate students. Access is provided after students register at the Circulation Desk.

Marston Science Library houses collections in agriculture, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and earth sciences. The building is also home to the Map and Imagery Library and the Documents Department, which is a regional depository for U.S. federal government publications as well as a collection of Florida international and planning documents.

Health Science Center Libraries serve the academic, research and clinical information needs of the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine. The Borland Library (2nd floor, Learning Resource Center) is the Jacksonville branch, and the Veterinary Medicine Reading Room is located in room V1-110 in the College of Veterinary Medicine Building.

Smathers Library (formerly known as Library East) holds the Latin American Collection and the Special Collections: rare books and manuscripts, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History and University Archives (custodian of the university’s historically significant public records including the administrative files of its past presidents).

Architecture & Fine Arts Library (201 Fine Arts Building A) holds visual arts, art history, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, building construction and urban planning materials.

Education Library (1500 Norman Hall) holds education, child development, higher education, psychology and counseling collections. In addition to electronic and print research materials, there are other specialized collections such as the Children’s Literature Collection, the K-12 Textbook Collection, and the ERIC Documents Microfiche and other multimedia collections.

Music Library (231 Music Building) houses music scores, books, periodicals and other music sources, as well as a non-circulating collection of recordings.

Allen H. Neuharth Journalism and Communications Library (1060 Weimer Hall) contains a collection of books, newsletters, scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers that support the instructional and research needs of the College of Journalism including the Departments of Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Telecommunication.

Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center holds resources for law and related social sciences with over 595,000 volumes and equivalents. It is named in honor of the former governor and senator and housed in a completely renovated facility that is the largest in the Southeast. The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center occupies the bottom three floors of Holland Hall with computer support on the top floor. The facility includes 13 student study rooms, a lactation/meditation room, lounge seating, open reserve area and carrels.

UF Digital Collections comprise a constantly growing collection of digital resources from the University of Florida’s library collections, as well as partner institutions.

Computer Facilities

Computing and Networking Services (CNS)

Computing and Networking Services, formerly the Northeast Regional Data Center (NERDC), is a unit of the UF Office of Information Technology. CNS’s facilities are used for instructional, administrative, and research computing, and are in the Bryant Space Sciences Research Building (SSRB). For more information, visit the CNS home page http://www.cns.ufl.edu.

Office of Academic Technology (AT) at the Hub

Services available to graduate students include electronic thesis and dissertation computing support; phone and walk-in desktop applications and technical consulting; GatorLink mail; web and dialup services; GatorLink and Computing and Networking Services (CNS) computing accounts; software distribution; and the use of computer classrooms, multimedia and video equipment, and laboratories; and programming languages and packages for mathematical and statistical analysis. The AT computer classrooms are available for personal and academic use. They are equipped with IBM-compatible and Macintosh-compatible computers, laser printers, plotters, and scanners. AT computer facilities offer students applications for word processing, spreadsheets, data analysis, graphics, and the Internet.

Instructors may use the site-licensed E-Learning course management system to provide online course tools such as syllabus, content and secure grade posting. Instructors whose courses require UNIX® or IBM mainframe computing may also apply for class computing accounts. Applications for these instructional accounts are available at the Help Desk in 132 Hub. Instructors may reserve an AT computer classrooms or multimedia lecture classrooms for class sessions. For more information about these and other Academic Technology services, contact the UF Computing Help Desk, 132 Hub, http://helpdesk.ufl.edu, (352) 392-HELP, or see the Academic Technology website at http://at.ufl.edu.

Art Galleries

The 86,800-square-foot Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza is one of the Southeast’s largest university art museums and the only art museum in North Central Florida accredited by the American Association of Museums. Admission is free. The Harn’s five collection galleries focus on African, Asian, modern, and contemporary art and photography. Diverse temporary exhibitions are also presented. Performances, family programs, lectures and films increase art appreciation. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; select Thursdays 5 to 9 p.m. for Museum Nights. Free docent-led tours Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The University Gallery, established in 1965, is an essential component of the teaching, research, and service missions of the School of Art and Art History. The Gallery’s primary purpose is to present high-quality visual-arts exhibitions that reach a diverse cross section of the University’s many academic disciplines and core research areas and to provide rich first-hand interaction with cutting-edge artwork for art students and faculty to foster learning in art.

Focus Gallery (in the lobby of the School of Art and Art History offices in the Fine Arts Complex) was established in 1963. Public exhibition space is used by students and faculty sponsors in the School of Art and Art History to experiment with artwork and experience the production of art exhibitions.

Grinter Galleries (in the lobby of Grinter Hall) was established in 1972. This venue is reserved for exhibitions of international art and artifacts that teach about world culture. Many of the University’s international centers are located in Grinter Hall, and their programs provide content for the galleries’ exhibitions.

Performing Arts

University of Florida Performing Arts brings a diverse range of events to its venues each season, including theatre, chamber, classical, dance, family, jazz, opera, pops, film, and world music/dance. The 1,700-seat Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts features computerized lighting and sound systems. Its Black Box Theatre is used for experimental or small musical productions, recitals, and receptions. The historic University Auditorium seats 867 and provides a classic setting for chamber and solo concerts, lectures, and more. The Baughman Center, a breathtaking pavilion on the shores of Lake Alice, is an inspirational setting for both contemplation and celebration.

For information about UFPA:
Administrative offices,
Phone (352) 392-1900.

For event information or tickets:
Phillips Center Box Office,
Phone (352) 392-ARTS ext.2787,
Website http://www.performingarts.ufl.edu.

Florida Museum of Natural History

The Florida Museum of Natural History was created by the Legislature in 1917 as a department of the University of Florida. Through its affiliation with the University, it carries dual responsibility as the official State Museum of Florida and as the University museum. The public education and exhibits division of the Museum is in Powell Hall, on Hull Road at the western edge of campus, situated between the Harn Museum of Art and the Center for the Performing Arts. Powell Hall is devoted exclusively to permanent and traveling exhibits, educational and public programs, special events, and includes the Butterfly Rainforest. It is staffed by specialists in interpreting natural history through exhibits and educational programs. Consult the website for hours and admission fees (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu). The Museum also operates as a center of research in anthropology and natural science. The research and collections division is in Dickinson Hall, at the corner of Museum Road and Newell Drive. This building is not open to the public. The Department of Natural History houses the state’s natural history collections and is staffed by scientists and support personnel concerned with the study of modern and fossil plants and animals, and historic and prehistoric people and their cultures; scientific and educational faculty (curators) hold appointments in appropriate UF academic units. Through these appointments, they participate in both undergraduate and graduate teaching programs. The Museum’s newest addition is the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This world-class facility features a 46,000-square-foot Lepidoptera center devoted to housing one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive Lepidoptera collections, and state-of-the-art research facilities for their study. It also contains dynamic public exhibitions and a live Butterfly Rainforest with a walking trail, educational exhibits, and hundreds of living butterflies.

The Randell Research Center at the Pineland archeological site near Fort Myers, Florida, is dedicated to learning and teaching the archeology, history, and ecology of Southwest Florida.

The Herbarium at UF is also a division of the Museum. It contains over 255,000 specimens of vascular plants and 170,000 specimens of nonvascular plants. The research collections are in the care of curators who encourage scientific study of the Museum’s holdings. Materials are constantly being added to the collections both through gifts from friends and as a result of research activities of the Museum staff. The archaeological and ethnographic collections are noteworthy, particularly in the aboriginal and Spanish colonial material remains from the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. There are extensive study collections of birds, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, and plant fossils, and a bioacoustic archive consisting of original recordings of animal sounds. Opportunities are provided for students, staff, and visiting scientists to use the collections. Research and field work are presently sponsored in the archaeological, paleontological, and zoological fields.

Students interested in these specialties should apply to the appropriate academic units. Graduate assistantships are available in the Museum in areas emphasized in its research programs.

Agricultural Experiment Station

The Florida Agricultural Experiment Station conducts statewide research programs in food, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment. Research deals with agricultural production, processing, marketing, human nutrition, veterinary medicine, renewable natural resources, and environmental issues. This research program includes activities by departments on the Gainesville campus and on the campuses of Research and Education Centers throughout the state. Close cooperation with numerous Florida agricultural and natural resource related agencies and organizations is maintained to provide research support for 280 agricultural commodities and Florida’s rich natural resources.

The land-grant philosophy of research, extension, and teaching is strongly supported and administered by the Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, under his leadership, comprises the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and elements of the College of Veterinary Medicine, each functioning under a dean. Most IFAS faculty have joint appointments involving teaching, research, and/or extension. Funds for graduate assistants are made available to encourage graduate education and professional scientific improvement.

Research and graduate programs are conducted in 16 departments and two schools: Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Agricultural Education and Communication; Agronomy; Animal Sciences; Entomology and Nematology; Environmental Horticulture; Food and Resource Economics; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Horticultural Sciences; Microbiology and Cell Science; Plant Pathology; Soil and Water Science; Statistics; Veterinary Medicine; Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; the School of Forest Resources and Conservation; and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Additional support units vital to research programs include Educational Media and Services, Facilities Planning and Operations, Planning and Business Affairs, Sponsored Programs, IFAS International Programs, Personnel, and Governmental Relations.

Outside of Gainesville, IFAS faculty and graduate students are located at 13 Research and Education Centers throughout Florida, from Homestead in the extreme south, to Jay in the extreme west. Extension personnel are located in all of Florida’s 67 counties.

The Florida Agricultural Experiment Station cooperates with the Brooksville Subtropical Research Station, Brooksville (a USDA field laboratory) in its beef cattle and pasture production and management programs; and with the National Weather Service, Ruskin, in the agricultural weather service for Florida.

Additional research is conducted through the Center for Natural Resources Programs; the Center for Environmental Toxicology; the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants; the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station; the Center for Tropical Agriculture, portions of the College of Veterinary Medicine; the Florida Sea Grant Program; and the International Program for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources. A Center for Cooperative Agricultural Programs (CCAP) in Tallahassee is jointly supported with Florida A & M University.

Ordway-Swisher Biological Station. The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (http://www.ordway-swisher.ufl.edu) is a biological field station established for the long-term study and conservation of unique ecosystems through research, teaching, and management. It is managed for the University of Florida by the UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. The 9300-acre property is located in Putnam County, Florida (roughly 26 miles from Gainesville) and is not open to the general public. The property is a mosaic of wetlands and uplands that include sandhills, xeric hammock, upland mixed forest, swamps, marshes, clastic upland lakes, sandhill upland lakes, and marsh lakes. A variety of fauna inhabit the preserve, including a number of state and federally listed species. Wildfires and prescribed burning have had a strong influence on the landscape. The station is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) and serves as the southeastern core site for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).

Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station

The internationally recognized Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station (EIES) is the research arm of the College of Engineering. It was officially established in 1941 by the Florida Legislature. Its primary purpose is to perform research that benefits the state’s industries, health, welfare, and public services. The EIES also works to enhance our nation’s global competitive posture by developing new materials, devices, and processes. The EIES provides significant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate engineering students to participate in hands-on, cutting-edge research.

The EIES addresses a wide variety of state and national research issues through the college’s academic departments and engineering research centers. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to research by involving talents from diverse areas of the College and the University. Particle science and technology, nanoscience and technology, materials, intelligent machines, transportation, biomedical engineering, computer technologies and systems, communications, information systems, energy systems, robotics, construction and manufacturing technologies, computer-aided design, process systems, a broad spectrum of research related to the “public sector” (agricultural, civil, coastal, and environmental) represent some of the EIES broad-based research programs.

UF Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering (UF EDGE)

UF EDGE offers online graduate engineering master’s degrees, courses and certificates from the College of Engineering. The UF EDGE program allows engineers to obtain their master’s degrees from any location without the need to travel to the UF campus. All course lectures and materials are delivered online and distance students submit homework via e-mail and have exams proctored at their places of work to be faxed in for grading. A master’s degree is comprised of 10 courses totaling 30 credit hours. Students can take as many courses per semester as their work and life schedules permit, thus setting their own pace toward their degrees. Employers may provide financial support for these graduate courses. Students wishing to participate in the UF EDGE program should contact the UF EDGE office at (352) 392-9670 or visit the website at  www.ufedge.ufl.edu for more detailed information. UF EDGE and the UF College of Engineering are also part of the statewide delivery system known as The Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS). Students pursuing a degree through UF EDGE and the College of Engineering are governed by the College’s requirements, the academic unit to which they have been admitted, and the Graduate School. 
For detailed information, visit http://oeep.eng.ufl.edu. Students pursuing a degree through the College of Engineering are governed by its requirements, the academic unit to which they have been admitted, and the Graduate School. 

Office of Research

The University of Florida Office of Research is comprised of the Division of Sponsored Research, and the UF Research Foundation, which includes the Office of Technology Licensing. The Office of Research manages more than half a billion dollars annually in public and private grants. Royalty and licensing income exceeds $40 million annually and technologies developed at UF have led to the founding of dozens of companies.

The Division of Sponsored Research (DSR) was established in 1962 by an act of the Florida Legislature to manage and stimulate an expanding and balanced research program. DSR facilitates institutional approval for all extramural proposal submissions, accepts and administers grant awards, and negotiates contracts and other research-related agreements on behalf of the University of Florida.

Research, grant-in-aid, training, or educational service agreement proposals are processed and approved by DSR. Negotiations of sponsored awards are also the responsibility of the Division. DSR helps researchers identify possible sponsors for their projects, coordinates cross-disciplinary research activities, and disseminates information and University policies and procedures for the conduct of research.

The Office of Research provides funds for the Grinter Fellowship program. These fellowships are part of funding packages awarded by academic units to support recruitment of outstanding new graduate students. The Office of Research also supports individual graduate students by offering competitive travel grants and other types of awards. See details for the various programs at http://www.research.ufl.edu/researchsupport/internal_support.html. This office also provides an important centralized location for other internal and external funding opportunities by offering a host of resources at http://www.research.ufl.edu/researchsupport/.

The University of Florida established the University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (UFRF), a direct support organization, in June 1986 to promote, encourage and provide assistance to the research activities of the University faculty, staff and students. Incorporated by the State of Florida in August 1986, the not-for-profit organization provides a means by which research can be conducted flexibly and efficiently and by which discoveries, inventions, processes and work products of University of Florida faculty, staff and students can be transferred from the laboratory to the public. Funds generated by licensing such discoveries are used to enhance research at the University of Florida.

The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) handles patenting, marketing, and licensing of intellectual property. The OTL works closely with UF inventors in identifying and protecting new inventions. All patents, copyrights, and trademarks are processed and managed by OTL. The OTL helps researchers develop confidentiality, mutual secrecy, and material transfer agreements.

For more information, contact:

The Office of Research
P.O. Box 115500
(352) 392-1582

University Press of Florida

The University Press of Florida is the official scholarly publishing agency of the State University System of Florida. The Press (just off campus, at 15 NW 15th Street) reports to the President of the University, who supervises the Press on behalf of the 11 state universities. The statewide Council of Presidents is the governing board for the Press.

An advisory board, consisting of representatives from each of the 11 state universities, determines whether manuscripts submitted to it reflect appropriate academic, scholarly, and programmatic standards of the Press.

The Press publishes scholarly works of intellectual distinction and significance, books that contribute to improving the quality of higher education in Florida, and books of general and regional interest and usefulness to the people of Florida, reflecting their rich historical, cultural, and intellectual heritage and resources. The Press publishes works in the following fields: the Caribbean and Latin America; the Middle East; North American archaeology, American history, and culture; Native Americans; literary theory; medieval studies; architecture; ethnicity; natural history; conservation biology; the fine arts; and Floridiana.

Submit manuscripts to

The Editor-in-Chief,
University Press of Florida,
15 NW 15th Street,
Gainesville, FL 32611.