Office of Undergraduate Studies


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Dr. Karen B. Patterson

Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Dr. Patterson oversees UNF’s Hicks Honors College, first year academic advising, student academic success services, and undergraduate research. Additionally, the Office of Undergraduate Studies offers support for experiential learning and study abroad through the Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO) program. Dr. Patterson works with an array of partners from across campus to enhance UNF’s Freshman Experience, an integrated first-year program that brings together academics, residence life, and student affairs.







Our Services  

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) - First Year Academic Advising


Hicks Honors College   


Office of Student Academic Success Services - Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Academic Coaching 

Office of Undergraduate Research

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Transformational Learning Opportunities


Staff Spotlight 

Trudy Cochrane recognized with Presidential Spot Award

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Office of Undergraduate Studies Administrative Assistant, Trudy Cochrane, honored with a Presidential Spot Award. The Presidential 'Spot' Award is designed to reward someone for an act that seemingly took a simple effort but ultimately will have lasting positive impacts on students, faculty, staff or visitors. UNF's Presidential Spot Award is an opportunity to nominate a colleague for his/her extraordinary action.The Presidential Spot Award is awarded to no more than 20 recipients, semi-annually, during the fall and spring cycles. Learn more about the program here









The Office of Undergraduate Studies observes Constitution Day by hosting events during Constitution Week, September 12-16, 2016

 Constitution Day
Constitution Week: September 12-15
Constitution Day: September 17


Constitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787. Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. To learn more about Constitution and Citizenship Day click here






Constitution Week 2016: The Office of Undergraduate Studies to screen documentary on American Identity

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Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6pm 
Student Government Senate Chambers, 58E 

Filmmaker Ken Hurley will visit campus to share his new documentary "Explore the American Identity: What Should it Mean...To Be An American?" A film by Ken Hurley and edited by Bridget Green, as told by Americans. This film interviews Americans from all 50 states to ask them what being an American means to them. The documentary explores our American challenges, problems, hopes, dreams and aspirations. Learn more about the film by clicking here

Constitution Week 2016: Several University offices come together to sponsor a Courageous Conversation: Racism and Reality 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016, 2-4:30pm 

Student Union Auditorium, 58E, 2704


Facilitators: Dr. Roy Kaplan; National Conference of Christians and Jews and Dr. Navita Cummings James; Associate Professor of Communications, USF

Courageous Conversations is a collaborative speaker series that examines current events and policies in our nation that directly impact our community. This event will examine racism and reality. Highly trained facilitators will guide students, educators, employees, community leaders and citizens through civil discussion to address current issues on race and the way the media portrays people of color in our society. Included in this is a discussion of the evolution of technology as it affects racial matters. Small group discussions will follow focusing on ways the media can improve its portrayal of people of color in our community and across the nation. A reception will follow sponsored by the Taylor Leadership Institute. Register here




Constitution Week 2016: Thomas G. Carpenter Library to hold Constitution Day Display and will hand out free pocket-sized constitutions


Scene at the Signing of the Constitution


September 12-15, 2016


Stop by the library to learn about the Constitution and to pick up a pocket-sized Constitution! The library also manages a library guide webpage dedicated to the document and its history, research resources and suggested reading. Click here to visit the page. Pocket-sized Constitutions available on a first-come first-served basis.