Group Title: Science for Life : an Interdisciplinary Program in the Life Sciences with Support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Promotional Materials
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With funding from the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute (HHMI) the Science
for Life program has a mission "to strengthen
and transform undergraduate research and
interdisciplinary laboratory education in the life
sciences" at the University of Florida (UF) and
our partner institutions. It is administered through the
campus-wide UF Honors Program and Office of the
Provost, and provides recognition for faculty and
graduate student mentors, transforming
laboratory teaching in the life sciences.

Science for Life: the Largest Early
Undergraduate Research Program
at UF and in the State of Florida

Science For Life Seminar Class
To introduce students about research opportunities at UF a new
freshman course has been developed in which 3 different professors
discuss their research area, approach, and philosophy in 15 minute
presentations. Faculty from 8 different colleges have presented in
this forum and students have identified optimal choices for their
research experiences.
Health Professional Students
The HHMI Medical Fellows Program allows second year
health professional school students to participate in year-long
research projects with any of more than 250 faculty mentors
campuswide. In conjunction
with this program, a UF-
derived $15,000 award
will extend the research
opportunities for these
students beyond the HHMI J,
year. In addition, The ..R
Science for Life research
seminar course will be offered
as a new elective to teach
medical, veterinary medicine,
and dentistry students about
research innovations at UF
and allow them to select
faculty mentors.
Lou Guillette,
UF's HHMI Professor


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Units from all across the University of Florida including:
Office of the Provost University of Florida Honors Program
Vice President for Research Office of the Senior Vice
President for Health Affairs College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences College of Agriculture and Life Sciences College
of Engineering College of Education College of Medicine
College of Pharmacy College of Dentistry College of
Veterinary Medicine College of Journalism College of
Nursing Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Florida
Museum of Natural History University of Florida Foundation
Department of Chemistry The J. Crayton Pruitt Family
Department of Biomedical Engineering Department of
Materials Science and Engineering University of Florida
Genetics Institute Keene Translational Diabetes Research
Endowment Emerging Pathogens Institute McKnight Brain
Institute UF Shands Cancer Center


Scripps Florida, The Scripps Research Institute
Morehouse College
The Pasteur Institute, Paris
The University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus America Inc.

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Core Laboratory

More than 100 HHMI Undergraduate Research Awards
per year make this the largest early undergraduate
research program at UF and in the State of Florida.
These awards provide financial support for students
to engage in multi-year research projects starting the
summer following their freshman year, and can culminate
in a second award for co-authorship of publications.
The program also funds summer research for a select
number of high ability juniors and seniors for off campus
experiences at Scripps Florida, at collaborators across the
US, and at international partner institutions.

In spring 2008, the HHMI-UCL is providing
more than 500 UF students per year the opportunity
to take an integrated sequence of advanced early
undergraduate laboratory courses in a new state-of-
the-art laboratory located in the heart of the
UF Health Science Center. This new sequence of
chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics courses
is taught using an interdisciplinary approach.


An 18 credit science education minor is available
for students rii i .o, i,.. in any scientific
discipline. The program is designed to prepare
students for teaching middle and high school
science, but it will also provide aspiring life
scientists skill sets to more effectively relate their
work to future coworkers and the rest of society.
Successful completion of the minor will qualify
students for a Florida teaching certificate.

High School
Teacher Training
A summer research and professional training program
allows 12 high school science teachers to participate
in advanced professional training at UF each summer
in the HHMI-UCL. Teachers will be selected from
Alliance High Schools, a group of six underperforming

Teaching Postdocs
HHMI Faculty Fellow Awards will prepare life
scientists for academic teaching positions. Each
2-year fellowship allows the Faculty Fellow to
spend 25% of his or her time teaching while also
pursuing an in-depth research project. These
fellowships are offered in collaboration with
Morehouse College and Scripps Florida.

Faculty and
Graduate Student
At least 40 HHMI Distinguished Mentor awards
for faculty reward and encourage excellence in
undergraduate mentoring at UF and Morehouse. At
least 80 HHMI Graduate student awards honor
graduate students who mentor and co-author
research publications with undergraduates. An
annual "Science Day at the Museum" exhibition
and poster session communicates science discoveries
to families of awardees and the general public. All
of these are the first programs of their type at UE

schools located in diverse urban settings in
Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. This effort is
in collaboration with the UF/HHMI ICORE Pre-
Collegiate award directed by Professor Mary Jo Koroly.



giving opportunities
Private support for Science for Life will enhance and sustain the
program. Gifts for each of the opportunities below can be made
on a yearly basis, or permanently, in the form of an endowment.
Endowment gifts of $100,000 and above are eligible to be
matched by the state of Florida, starting at 50%, or $50,000, up
to 100%, at $2,000,001 and above.

Distinguished Faculty Mentors
Yearly gift: $7,000/year for two years
Endowment gift: $150,000 + state match = $225,000
Faculty mentoring of undergraduate students is a hallmark of the
Science for Life program. This gift will support faculty as they
guide undergraduates in a focused research project for a two-year
period. This is the only faculty award of its kind at UE

Faculty Fellow Awards
Yearly gift: $96,000/year for two years
Endowment gift: $1,500,001 + state match = $2,700,000
Students who have earned a PhD spend several postdoctoral
years preparing for a professional position. During that time, a
Science for Life Fellowship will encourage their collaboration
with undergraduate students in research and support their skill
development as teachers.

Undergraduate Student Awards
Yearly gift: $3,000 per student
Endowment gift: $125,000 + state match =
$187,500 for two students
Each award allows a talented UF freshman to join the largest
early undergraduate research program in the state of Florida.
Many more students qualify than receive awards, and this gift
will allow them to participate in Science for Life.

Undergraduate Student Extramural Awards
Yearly gift: $7,500 per student
Endowment gift: $150,000 + state match = $225,000
Exceptional beneficiaries of the Undergraduate Student Awards
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research team off campus.

Medical/ Dental/Veterinary Student
Research Awards
Yearly gift: $20,000
Endowment gift: $375,000 + state match = $562,500
Research discoveries in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary
medicine often produce direct benefits for patients. Students
in these fields rarely have time for research, but this award will
allow them to spend a career-enhancing year in the laboratory.


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Science Summer 2008 Provost Scholars
IThe purpose of the Provost Scholars Program is to introduce
students who have shown research and academic success with
S1 mentors at the University of Florida (UF) campus to the
exciting opportunities of working closely with faculty at other
locations. Two distinctive features of this award are that
competition challenges the students to seek inspiration driven research at any location in the
world under the condition that they spend an extended period of at least a summer plus
semester (seven months). Their research plan must be endorsed by their UF mentor and they
must have a plan to continue with research upon their return. The following five students are
the 2008 awardees.

Amy An is currently a junior majoring in Microbiology and Psychology, pre-med track.
She has been in Dr. Connie Mulligan's lab, Department of Anthropology, since Spring, 2007.
Her research involves using molecular methods, namely polymorphic Alu insertions, to study
human migration out of Africa. She is currently working on two papers as a co-author: one on
reconstructing human migrations out of Africa and the other on the identification of most
informative Alu markers in mapping human migration. She is a co-author on an abstract
accepted for the American Association of Physical Anthropology (AAPA) meeting Spring,
2008. With the Provost Award, she will have the opportunity to do research at Harvard
University with Dr. Noreen Tuross, Department of Anthropology, for Summer and Fall,
2008. There, she will learn new methods of reconstructing migration events using stable
isotopes. This opportunity will add a new and interesting dimension to her current work, and
will result in a third paper as her senior honors thesis and a chance to present at the AAPA
meeting in Spring, 2009.

Thomas Frederick is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's
Degree in Chemistry along with a minor in Physics. He joined the research group
of Dr. Gail E. Fanucci, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of '. -
Florida, in the Spring term of 2006 where he has utilized nuclear magnetic ..2
resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance to study the membrane ..-.
morphology and biophysical properties of the unique phospholipid
Bis(monoacylglycero)phosphate (BMP). Since beginning his research with Dr.
Fanucci, Thomas has presented poster presentations of his findings at the Rocky
Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry and at the Southeastern Magnetic
Resonance Conference. Additionally he will be attending two national conferences
that include the joint 52nd Biophysical Society, 16th IUPAB International
Biophysics Congress in California and the ACS 235t National Meeting in New
Orleans in Spring, 2008 to present his most recent data. Currently two manuscripts
are in preparation for submission to the Journal of Physical Chemistry B and the
Biophysical Journal of which Thomas is tentatively co-author and first author
respectively. His Provost Scholar opportunity entails working with Dr. Ka Yee
Lee, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, during the
Summer and Fall semesters of 2008 to further characterize the lipid-lipid "-- -
interactions of BMP on model membrane morphology and to study the protein-membrane interactions of the GM2
Activator Protein utilizing atomic force microscopy (AFM), cryo electron microscopy (cryo EM), langmuir-monolayer
studies, and x-ray diffraction. These studies will result in two publications; one on the lipid-lipid interactions of BMP and
another on the protein-membrane interactions of the GM2 Activator Protein.

Further information on the Science for Life Provost Scholar Award can be obtained from Dr. Dave Clark, award coordinator,

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Beck Frydenborg is a sophomore in the Honors program, double majoring in
Biology and Microbiology and Cell Science, with a current GPA of 3.8. In the Spring
of 2007, he began studying the genetics of maize pollen cells under the guidance of
Professor Maria Gallo. After receiving a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research
award, Beck spent the summer working in Dr. Gallo's laboratory, and in October 2007,
he presented a poster at the Museum of Florida Natural History entitled in,. ,i,.',,i
Programmed Cell Death of Maize Pollen Cells R, i, h,, i. in Cytoplasmically Inherited
t::.. Male Sterility, Using Arabidopsis thalania". He is hoping to publish these results soon.
As a recipient of the Provost Scholar award, Beck will spend eight months at Utrecht
University, the Netherlands, to study developmental processes in animals (the
nematode, C. elegans). At Utrecht, Beck will focus on emergent cures for cancer and
other maladies under the direction of Dr. Sander van den Huevel. As an added benefit,
Beck, who is an avid competitive cyclist, will have an opportunity to compete with the
European bike racers. He hopes to proudly represent Team Florida on the road, and the
Gator Nation in the laboratory.

Steven Robinette is a sophomore in the interdisciplinary
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at the University of
Florida. The first son of Colonel and Mrs. Timothy Robinette,
military relocations moved Steven around the country and to Japan
before he graduated from Niceville High School in 2006. A National
Merit Scholar, Steven began at the University of Florida in Fall,
2006 and began working with the group of Dr. Art Edison that
September. Since then, Steven has been awarded UF's Wentworth
Scholarship, HHMI Undergraduate and Extramural awards, and has
maintained a 4.0 GPA. Steven's work with the Edison group at UF
and the group of Rafael Brtischweiler at FSU has been presented at
the 16t International C. Elegans Meeting and in a publication in the
Journal of Chemical Physics currently in press. For the duration of
his Provost Scholar Award, Steven will go to the Imperial College of
London to work with the group of Dr. Jeremy Nicholson. His work will apply the analytical NMR techniques he helped
develop with Dr. Brtischweiler to active experiments in Metabonomics with Dr. Nicholson. Steven is shown with his father
at the ruins of Hachioji Castle near Colonel Robinette's duty station at Yokota AFB, Japan.

Yong (Andy) Bin Tan is a sophomore in the Chemistry Department in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Andy graduated from Pine View School for the
Gifted, which is the #6 high school in the nation according to U.S. News & World
i Report rankings. In college, he plans on triple majoring in Biochemistry, Microbiology
and Life Sciences, and Classical Civilization with a Pre-Medicine pre-professional
track. Andy has a long-standing fascination with organelle biology. At the University
of Florida, he currently works with HHMI Distingusihed Mentor. Dr Christine Chase
in her plant mitochondrial lab. Andy's project involves molecular-genetic analysis of
mitochondrial genes associated with pollen cell death in male-sterile maize. One
aspect of his project involves the expression of a small hydrophobic protein in E. Coli.
Due to this project, Andy has developed various research skills: PCR Reactions, DNA
gels, protein extractions, protein gels, western-blotting, reverse transcriptase-PCR and
routine cloning in E. Coli. Andy plans on presenting his project at the 50th Annual
Maize Genetics Conferences, followed by publication of an article this year. After
i ds winning the Provost Scholar Award, he is going to work with Dr. Simon in the
k;44. Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center from May to
k December of '08. Andy will compare somatic mtDNA mutation levels in neurons and
glia from different brain regions at very early stages and at late stages of Parkinson's Disease. He is involved in various
clubs, mostly centered on community services and medicine. During his free time, Andy enjoys reading novels and
textbooks, and when the environment allows, snowboarding.

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Further information on the Science for Life Provost Scholar Award can be obtained from Dr. Dave Clark, award coordinator,

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