In the Fall 2010, the Arboretum developed a partnership with the UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP).  RAMP is designed to provide undergraduate students, who may be interested in pursuing graduate education, with research experience while working closely with a faculty mentor. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to attend graduate school. For more information contact the UCF RAMP department.

Typically, RAMP students are accepted at the end of the Spring or during summer semester.  We will post opportunities on this page, as well as advertise through the Department of Biology, so please check back at that time.

 Past and Current Projects

Sandhill Crane Project, 2012-2014



Marisa Zimmerman is an Environmental Studies major and a minor in Biology. She is an Arboretum RAMP student monitoring the foraging and nesting habitat of the threatened Florida Sandhill Crane population on the UCF campus. After completing her bachelor’s degree she hopes to attend the University of British Columbia to further her education.





Companion Planting Project, 2010-2012

Companionship planting


Sasha Tittel  was a dedicated student and completed her RAMP Project before she graduated in the Summer of 2013. She has moved on to further her career.





Urbanization’s Impact on Ecological Communities, 2014

Paduani, Melissa


Melissa Paduani is a RAMP student currently working on the effects of urbanization. Vegetative, benthic, and macro-invertebrate communities along the littoral zones of three ponds and three lakes on and nearby campus will be quantified. The data will be used to draw comparisons between the two systems, and potentially develop an index that outlines and determines detention pond health and functionality.