Student Ambassador Program

The UF Diabetes Institute Student Ambassadors are a group of motivated, diverse students who are committed to supporting the University of Florida Diabetes Institute (UFDI) with initiatives. Student Ambassadors will help organize and promote seminars, community events, research lab tours, fundraisers etc., while having the unique opportunity to network with some of the top diabetes researchers in the world.  They are also encouraged to come up with creative outreach initiatives to help support the growth and improvement of the UFDI.

Specific Goals

  1. Support, promote, and coordinate events throughout the year including glucose screenings, monthly seminars, fundraisers, executive council meetings, and lab tours
  2. Assist with the logistics of National Diabetes Awareness Month (November)
  3. Serve as the face of the UFDI through tours and events
  4. Work closely with the UFDI Assistant Director and Operations and Engagement Coordinator
  5. Develop ideas for future outreach events, fundraisers, socials, etc.


  • Receive a $250 book scholarship
  • Enhance teamwork and communication skills
  • Have the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students across campus
  • Gain a unique experience to post on your resume and discuss in future interviews


  • Must be currently enrolled as a student (undergraduate or graduate) at the University of Florida
  • Must be able to commit at least 25-30 hours/year (combination of monthly meetings and events). We require that you to attend 5 out of 7 monthly meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Application and Selection Processes

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 UFDI Student Ambassador Program.

The application deadline is Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of interview selection on Monday, October 8. Interviews will take place Wednesday, October 10 – Friday, October 12, 2018. Final decisions will be released by Monday, October 15.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why was this program created?

While the UFDI is the umbrella organization under which diabetes research, patient care, education, and outreach are coordinated at UF, much of the Institute is comprised of physicians, professors, and researchers. There has never been a formal group dedicated to running the behind-the-scenes of the multitude of events that the assistant director and operations and engagement coordinator organize.

Do I have to be a certain major or pre-health to apply?

No, we welcome students of all majors and all areas of study!

Do I need to have a connection to diabetes to serve as a UFDI Student Ambassador? 

You do not need to have a connection to diabetes to be an ambassador! We look forward to helping you learn more about diabetes, and you certainly will learn a lot as a UFDI Student Ambassador.

Are there any leadership opportunities within the program?

Yes, there will be a president and a secretary. The president will be responsible for organizing and leading the monthly meetings. The secretary will be responsible for taking meeting minutes and distributing them to the student ambassadors after the meeting.


For more information or questions about the UFDI Student Ambassador program, please email