UCF Biology



A) SMART Scholarship

The DoD recognizes the need to support the education ofAmerica’s future scientists and engineers. The SMARTScholarship-for-Service Program is part of a concentrated

effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place.

SMART offers scholarships to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. Students

are also provided opportunities to continue their research in civil service roles following graduation.

Through SMART, we are proud to offer our research leaders of tomorrow not only an education, but a career.

SMART Scholars Receive:

• Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 per year depending on prior educational experience

• Full tuition and related education expenses

• Health Insurance reimbursement allowance

• Book allowance

• Summer Internships (multi-year participants)

• Post-Graduation Career Opportunities

Contact the SMART Program below for more information and to apply.



B) Tropical Biology Scholarship

Pearson Publishing Company is offering a Tropical Biology Scholarship Program.

Enter for a chance to with the Tropical Biology Scholarship at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, courtesy of Miller & Levine Biology authors Ken Miller and Joe Levine.


C) Free Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida

1.  Do you have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree?

2.  Are you interested in teaching, but do not have the required credentials?

3.  Would you like to earn a free Master’s degree in the field of teaching?

If so, take advantage of this exciting opportunity offered by the University of Central Florida and five school district partners. The Resident Teacher Professional Preparation Program (RTP3), is a job-embedded teacher preparation program that will prepare high-performing graduates who hold a STEM degree (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics), earned from 2008 to the present, to teach mathematics and science in Florida’s middle and high schools.  Graduate coursework will begin in May, the Summer Semester of 2013.   Teaching positions will begin in August of 2013.  This innovative opportunity will provide participants with the teaching strategies, classroom management skills and knowledge of the developmental issues of secondary students needed to effectively teach middle and high school students….all with immediate feedback from a mentor teacher and a UCF faculty member.

Prior to applying to RTP3, you must apply and be admitted to UCF’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Mathematics or Science Education program.  Once admitted to the MAT graduate program, you will be given a short application for the RTP3 scholarship. The RTP3 is a full scholarship to earn a master’s degree and a teaching position.  Priority will be given to applicants who apply by February 15th.

Criteria for admission to the MAT program includes:

  • a 3.0 grade point average on undergraduate work or 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours


  • passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination/General Knowledge Test (FTCE/GKT) or a composite verbal-quantitative GRE score of at least 1000

The application is available online on the Graduate Studies website:


As the recruiter for this exciting program, I look forward to hearing from you soon. We are interested in individuals who have a deep knowledge of mathematics and/or science content and who are passionate about that content. Please contact me if you have questions and don’t delay!  This opportunity is available beginning in May 2013 for the coming year only.

Thank you,

Jennifer Platt
Resident Teacher Preparation Program
College of Education
University of Central Florida

D) The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)If you are already in or plan to attend school to be a physician, dentist, optometrist or clinical psychologist, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can provide tuition assistance for up to four years of school (two years for PA masters degree) and provide you with a monthly stipend paid directly to you of $2122. In addition, all professional school required fees and expenses, books and equipment are paid by the Navy. The value of this program could be well over $200,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer.

What are the financial benefits of this program?

  • 100% of your educationally related tuition is paid (some non-educationally related fees may not be paid).
  • Monthly stipend of $2122 to spend as you like.
  • All educationally required school fees (minus housing and meals) are paid.
  • Reimbursement for required books, supplies, and equipment (some maximums apply).
  • Active duty pay and benefits for 45 days a year.



LTJG Bernard Williams
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