Oct 19, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Additional Interdisciplinary Offerings and Centers

The information in this catalog is current as of June 2015. Please contact individual programs for any additional information or changes.

Biological Sciences  
Clinical and Translational Science 
Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering (EDGE) 
Engineering Research 
Florida Agricultural Experiment Station 
Health Science Center
Quantum Theory Project
Tropical Agriculture 
Tropical Conservation and Development
Vision Sciences

Biological Sciences and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research conducts research on all aspects of the biology of sea turtles. Researchers at the Center for Sea Turtle Research, collaborating with students and faculty of various academic units, take a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex problems of sea turtle biology and conservation. Scientists from the Center have investigated questions of sea turtle biology around the world, from the molecular level to the ecosystem level, from studies of population structure based on mitochondrial DNA to the effects of ocean circulation patterns on the movements and distribution of sea turtles. Long-term field studies of the Center are conducted mainly at two research stations in the Bahamas and the Azores. For more information, contact the Director, Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, 223 Bartram Hall, Phone (352) 392-1126, Website http://accstr.ufl.edu.

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a UF research center for biomedical research and biotechnology. Founded in 1974, the Whitney Lab is dedicated to using marine model animals for studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment. The academic staff of the Whitney Laboratory consists of 10 tenure-track faculty members, together with over 50 associates, students, and visiting scientists. The Laboratory is led by Director Dr. Mark Q. Martindale.

Fields of research conducted at the Whitney Laboratory include biomechanics/neuroethology, chemosensory and visual physiology, neurogenomics and comparative marine genomics, synaptogenesis and synaptic physiology, regenerative biology, and the evolution of development. This research uses the techniques of modern cell and molecular biology, for which the Laboratory is particularly well equipped and recognized. The Laboratory provides research support to units on campus and collaborates with several national studies focused on marine genomics.

Research at Whitney Laboratory attracts graduate students, postdocs, and scientists from all over the United States and abroad. Students enroll in the graduate programs of academic units on campus and complete their course work before moving to the Whitney Laboratory, where they conduct their dissertation research under the supervision of resident faculty. An NSF undergraduate research training program at the Whitney Laboratory is also available for 11-week periods in the summer. Whitney also has an active K-12 STEM outreach program, and a public lecture series (Evenings at Whitney) offering community educational opportunities for graduate students.

For more information, contact the Director, Mark Q. Martindale, PhD, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610, Phone (904) 461-4000; Fax (904) 461-4052; Website: www.whitney.ufl.edu

The UF Marine Laboratory at Seahorse Key Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory is a field station providing (a) support for research by students, faculty, and visiting scientists; (b) an outstanding teaching program in marine and coastal related subjects; and c) public education outreach programs related to marine, estuarine, and coastal resources of Florida. Seahorse Key is 57 miles west of Gainesville on the Gulf Coast, 3 miles offshore and opposite Cedar Key. Facilities include a 42 foot research vessel, several smaller outboard-powered boats for shallow water and inshore work, a 20 x 40 foot research and teaching building, and a historic residence building, with 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms, dining area, and dormitory accommodations for 26 persons.

Clinical and Translational Science

The Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) predoctoral training program of the UF CTSI provides clinical and translational research training for pre-doctoral students performing research in health-related fields at UF using a team science approach. This program is part of the fully integrated approach of the UF CTSI to advance education and career development by early identification,recruitment, and training of a critical mass of multidisciplinary, clinical and translational investigators working to improve human health. The program is intended to increase motivation of graduate students for selection into health-relevant multidisciplinary clinical and translational research careers among the participating students.  The CTS predoctoral program is aligned with the focus of the NIH on translational research to bridge the gap between basic science and  improved human health, and is supported in part by the UF Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA). Trainees will develop skill sets to lead and participate effectively in team oriented translational science. Participation in the program will give trainees an advantage in preparing for successful careers in a variety of settings, including academia, industry, biotech, and government. The UF CTSI exists to enhance the ability of the University of Florida to develop new therapies, test those therapies in real-world settings, promote therapies found to be of value, and continuously evaluate the effectiveness of therapies. In this context, a “therapy” can be any approach to bettering human health–from lifestyle changes to genetic interventions, from drug discovery to public health.

Find out more here:
https://www.ctsi.ufl.edu/ or for additional information about the UF CTSI, please call 352-273-8700 or email info@ctsi.ufl.edu.

College of Engineering Research

The College of Engineering performs research that benefits the state’s industries, health, welfare, and public services. The College also works to enhance our nation’s global competitive posture by developing new materials, devices, and processes. There are significant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate engineering students to participate in hands-on, cutting-edge research.

The college 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 broad-based research programs. 

Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

The Florida Agricultural Experiment Station conducts statewide research programs in agriculture, natural resources, and human systems. Research deals with agricultural production, processing, marketing, human nutrition, veterinary medicine, renewable natural resources, and environmental issues. This research program includes activities by faculty 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 300 agricultural commodities and Florida’s rich natural resources.

The land-grant philosophy of research, extension, and teaching is strongly supported and administered by the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, under his leadership, is comprised of 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 UF/IFAS faculty have joint appointments involving teaching, research, and/or extension.

Research and graduate programs are conducted in 14 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; Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Horticultural Sciences; Microbiology and Cell Science; Plant Pathology; Soil and Water Science; 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 UF/IFAS Communications, the Office of Facilities Planning and Operations, the Office of Budget and Finance, UF/IFAS Global, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Governmental Affairs.

Outside of Gainesville, UF/IFAS faculty and graduate students are located at 12 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.

Additional research is conducted through the Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law; the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants; the Center for Food Distribution and Retailing; the Center for Nutritional Sciences; the Center for Remote Sensing; the Center for Sustainable and Organic Food Systems; the Center for Tropical Agriculture; the Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels; the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station; the Plant Science Research and Education Unit; the Florida Sea Grant Program; the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and Marine Sciences Programs; the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, the Emerging Pathogens Institute; the UF Genetics Institute; the Florida Climate Institute; Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Program; Center for Smell and Taste; Florida Partnership for Water, Agriculture and Community Sustainability; Plant Innovation Center; Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and the UF Water Institute.

Ordway-Swisher Biological Station. The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS) (http://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 Office of the Dean for Research. The 9500-acre facility is located in Putnam County, Florida (roughly 26 miles from Gainesville) and is not open to the general public. The Station contains 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 OSBS, 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).

Health Science Center Interdisciplinary Research

The HSC is a world leader in interdisciplinary research. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute, McKnight Brain Institute, UF Health Cancer Center, UF Genetics Institute, UF Institute on Aging and the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute are designed to create synergies and collaborative research opportunities that focus on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care. In the summer of 2009, UF became the only university in Florida to receive the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. This $26 million five-year grant is geared toward accelerating scientific discovery, enhancing medical care, producing highly skilled scientists and physicians and fostering partnerships with industry; it supports multidisciplinary research in a wide range of fields such as biomedical informatics, gene therapy, aging, nanotechnology and infectious diseases. 

For more information, please visit ufhealth.org/health-science-center/overview.  

Quantum Theory Project (QTP)

QTP is an interdisciplinary group of 12 faculty plus graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and staff in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry in the College of Engineering and in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. The computationally oriented theoretical research investigates electronic structure, conformation, properties, and dynamics of molecules and materials. The work covers large areas of modern chemistry, condensed matter and materials physics and engineering, and molecular biology. Essentially all the effort is supported by substantial extramural funding, both individual and collaborative. Since 1960, the Institute has organized a major international meeting, the annual Sanibel Symposium. Visit http://www.qtp.ufl.edu/sanibel for details on the next symposium.

Graduate students in chemistry and in physics are eligible for this specialization and follow a special curriculum. For more information, contact the Director, Quantum Theory Project, email director@qtp.ufl.edu, P.O. Box 118435 (New Physics Building); or visit the QTP website http://www.qtp.ufl.edu.


The Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology serves as the focal point for activities concerning the effects of chemicals on human and animal health. The Center’s affiliated faculty includes 20 to 30 scientists and clinicians interested in elucidating the mechanisms of chemical-induced toxicity, and is drawn from the Colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, Engineering, and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The broadly based, interdisciplinary expertise provided by this faculty is also used to address complex issues related to protecting public health and the environment.

Students who wish to receive graduate training in interdisciplinary toxicology leading to a Ph.D. enroll through one of the participating graduate programs. The number of graduate programs involved in interdisciplinary toxicology, and the variety of perspectives provided by their disciplines, allows a great deal of flexibility in providing a plan of graduate study to meet an individual student’s interests and goals in toxicology. Student course work and dissertation research are guided by the Center’s researchers and affiliated faculty who are also Graduate Faculty members in the student’s major academic unit. Dissertation research may be conducted either in the student’s academic unit, or at the Toxicology Laboratory facilities, at the Center. For more information, please write to the Director, Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, P.O. Box 110885, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; or visit their website (http://toxicology.ufl.edu).

Tropical Agriculture

The Center for Tropical Agriculture, in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, seeks to stimulate interest in research and curriculum related to the tropical environment and its development. Website: http://cta.ufl.edu.

Research: International agricultural development assistance contracts frequently have research components. The Center helps coordinate this research.

Minor in tropical agriculture: An interdisciplinary minor in tropical agriculture is available for both master’s and doctoral students majoring in agriculture, forestry, and other fields where knowledge of the tropics is relevant. The minor may include courses treating specific aspects of the tropics such as natural resource management (e.g., soils, water, biodiversity), climate, agricultural production, and the languages and cultures of those who live in tropical countries.

Requirements for the minor at the master’s level include a minimum of 7 letter-graded credit hours. Six letter-graded credit hours are chosen from the list of approved courses with the guidance of the supervisory committee. Selected courses must be from outside the student’s major and may not include courses from other academic units which qualify for graduate credit within the home department. One letter-graded credit hour must be a “hands-on” experience in the student’s selected focus in tropical agriculture. This experience may take the form of a study abroad, internship, field trip, or special project and must have a time equivalent at least equivalent to a 1-credit graded course.

Requirements for the minor at the Ph.D. level include a minimum of 12 letter-graded credits. Selected courses must be from outside the student’s major and may not include courses from academic units which qualify for graduate credit within the home department. One letter-graded credit hour must be a “hands-on” experience in the student’s selected focus in tropical agriculture. This experience may take the form of a study abroad, internship, field trip or special project that must have a time equivalent to a 1 credit letter-graded course. An intent of the minor at the Ph.D. level is to insure each student has an appreciation of the social context within which tropical agriculture is often practiced. To that end, at the discretion of the CTA faculty member on the supervisory committee, if the student does not have a background that addresses the social context, 3 letter-graded credits may be selected from the social science section of the approved list.

Other activities: The Center seeks broad dissemination of knowledge about tropical agriculture by sponsoring conferences, short courses, and seminars featuring leading authorities on the tropics; publishing books, monographs, and proceedings; and by acquiring materials for the library and the data bank.

Tropical Conservation and Development

The Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD), in the Center for Latin American Studies, offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate and graduate concentration focused on integrative approaches to conservation and development in Latin America and other tropical regions. Both the certificate and concentration are open to students who are interested in acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge and technical skills to pursue a career in conservation and development research and practice. These students must be enrolled in master’s or Ph.D. programs in TCD’s affiliate academic units at the University of Florida. 

For more information on the TCD certificate and concentration program, and for a list of approved courses, visit the TCD website (http://www.tcd.ufl.edu), or contact Bette Loiselle, TCD Director, 347 Grinter Hall, (352) 273-4706, E-mail BLoiselle@latam.ufl.edu, or Patricia Sampaio, TCD Program Coordinator, 343 Grinter Hall, (352) 273-4734, Email PSampaio@latam.ufl.edu

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. 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.

Vision Sciences

An interdisciplinary specialization in vision sciences is available through the College of Medicine. The Department of Ophthalmology serves as the administrative and logistical center. However, most of the faculty are from the IDP advanced concentrations. Current interests include retinal gene therapy, gene expression in the mammalian retina and lens, especially during fetal development, biochemistry of vision in vertebrates and invertebrates, biochemistry and neurobiology of wound healing and neural tissue degeneration, and molecular and cell biology of animal model retinal degeneration.

For more information, contact the Program Director, Dr. W. Clay Smith, P.O. Box 100284, College of Medicine, Gainesville FL 32610-0284, Phone (352) 273-8794, Email wcsmith@ufl.edu.