We are actively recruiting students! Feel free to fill out the interest form!

Prospective Students


We are looking for curious, creative undergraduate students to join our research group each year. If you’re interested in applying, please email us with your class standing, major, a brief statement of interest, and a copy of your resume.


The Simmons Research Lab (SRL) at the University of Florida has fully-funded positions for graduate students with a BS degree in civil engineering (MS degree preferred) who are interested in pursuing workforce development research. Students must be able to effectively communicate with industry professionals especially those in the construction industry and transportation sectors.


Eligibility: Various funding sources are available that would support either U.S. citizens or non-US citizens. Students who will earn a BS degree in civil engineering within the next 18 months or a MS degree within 6 months are welcome to apply (essentially you cannot apply if your graduation date is more than 18 months (BS degree) or more than 6 months (MS degree) in the future). The earlier you apply, the greater the opportunity you will have to participate in early recruitment events and apply for funding.


If you are interested in this opportunity to pursue a PhD in civil engineering, please send via email ( no more than one page describing:


  1. What problem you want to address
  2. How that problem is connected to the work of my research group
  3. Why the problem is important
  4. How you plan to address the problem.

Please also attach:

  1. Your resume
  2. Names and contact information for two professional references
  3. One relevant writing sample. Use “Graduate Student Interest in SRL” in the subject line.

Admissions and application details can be found here


Our research group is currently seeking one dynamic, organized, and focused postdoctoral researcher. We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated scholarly achievement and the ability to mentor graduate students. If you’re interested in applying, please email us with a one-page document explaining your qualifications and fit for the position, your resume, and one conference paper or journal manuscript that you’ve published.

General Inquiries

If you still have questions or would like to learn more about the lab, feel free to connect with Dr. Simmons through her email, twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also learn more about Dr. Simmons through her YouTube channel below. Simply click on the icons below.