Want to join us?

If you are a graduate or an undergraduate student who has a passion for using technology to help others contact us!


Undergraduates are welcome and do not have to have any prior experience.


If you would like to join our group contact the director Dr. Lok at lok@cise.ufl.edu

Student Science Training Program (SSTP)


Student Science Training Program (SSTP) is a seven-week residential research program for rising high school seniors at the University of Florida (UF). Over the course of seven weeks, participants conduct research in a laboratory setting under the mentorship of a UF professor. This program, intended for students interested in the STEM fields, consists of numerous successful alumni who have become doctors, researchers, educators, engineers, and CEO’s of their own companies.


To learn more about SSTP, click here

Past Participants

Jaron Wilson

I am a rising high school senior at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. This summer as a part of the Student Science Training Program, I have been working in the Virtual Experiences Research Group (VERG). Under the mentorship of Stevie Carnell and Dr. Benjamin Lok I conducted research exploring the visual fidelity of virtual humans. This summer has truly been a great experience, and has truly opened my eyes to the possibilities virtual experiences hold. In the future I plan on studying computer engineering, therefore I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to get laboratory experience this early on. I would like to thank Dr. Lok, Stevie Carnell, and all of the undergraduate and graduate students working in the lab for making this summer one of the most fulfilling summers of my life. 

Yuria Utsumi 

I am a rising senior at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida. As a participant of the Student Science Training Program this past summer, I worked in the Virtual Experiences Research Lab at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Lok and Stevie Carnell. Over the course of seven weeks, I conducted a comparative research study on the Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift head-mounted displays to see if one causes a significantly greater perceptual change than the other. Although I was initially new to virtual reality, I was able to learn a lot, not only about virtual reality, but also about the field of computer science and how it can be applied to solve everyday problems. Once I graduate high school, I plan on studying statistics or applied mathematics, so having an early exposure to the computer sciences will be integral to my future. I would like to thank Dr. Lok, Stevie Carnell, and the other members of VERG for their support and guidance and for making this a very memorable summer. 

The Virtual Experiences Research Group

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