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University of Florida

Location:  Gainesville, FL

Mission:  The University of Florida is a public, land-grant research university, one of the most comprehensive in the United States and it encompasses virtually all academic and professional disciplines… Its faculty and staff are dedicated to the common pursuit of the university’s threefold mission: education, research and service.

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University of Florida is a large school with much to offer in the way of renewable energy, especially when it comes to innovative bioenergy technologies.

 If you are interested in biofuels, we recommend checking out one of the following programs:

 MS or PhD in Microbiology and Cell Science

 MS, ME, or PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

 If you are interested in solar power, try looking at the MS, ME, or PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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UF conducts research in a wide variety of topics in the renewable energy sector. Here are a few highlights:

Energy and Gasdynamic Systems

Solar Thermal/Hydrogen


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The big campus at UF boasts many student organizations and outreach opportunities. These were of particular interest:

 Energy and Sustainability School Summer Internship (check out a cool video about Biogas here)

 Agriculture Economics Club

 Solar Energy Society

 Engineers Without Borders

 Microbiology and Cell Science Student Organization


Our Favorite Find:  Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) helps fund and foster collaboration between research institutions at eleven different universities in Florida, including UF. They also sponsor various energy-related education initiatives and outreach programs. To read more about the consortium and UF’s involvement, visit the FESC website.  Check out the terrific online Energy Certificate program offered by the UF College of Engineering, Dept. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


Other Helpful Links:  Trustees, Directory, and Institutes



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