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Undergraduate Research

Student-Centered Research

One of the most distinctive aspects of our curriculum is its emphasis on undergraduate research. Our centers, programs and events enhance, encourage, and nurture learning through scholarship, leadership, and service. Opportunities for undergraduate research include:

  • Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership & Civic Engagement
    The Wally and Louise Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Civic Engagement promotes the study and practice of good leadership through interdisciplinary research, teaching, and experiential learning across the curriculum.
    Browse the Bishop Center Web site.
  • Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environment
    The primary goal of C-SPACE is to research problems affecting coastal areas with a focus on the Florida Gulf Coast.
    Browse the C-SPACE Web site.
  • Digital Archive
    USFSP faculty, students, and staff have open access to journals, conferences and presentations, pre- and-post grant articles, instructional resources, student projects, theses, dissertations, and university archival materials.
    Visit the Digital Archive
  • Fantastic Voyage in Physics Conference
    Students presenting a variety of research applications in physics. Presentations are over a three-week period.
  • Green Energy Living Systems (GELS)
    A new initiative exploring the varied  programs, cross-discipline course designs and research collaborations between faculty and students. GELS provides a look into the many developing facets of green technologies for a sustainable future. The March 2012 GELS Open House at Clam Bayou, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Challenge to Solutions,” provided previews of research projects in development, tours, poster presentations, exhibits and lab presentations.
  • Honors Program
    Students are considered to be the best and brightest undergraduates at USFSP.  The program encourages the rigorous pursuit of honors scholarship and leadership development.
    Learn more about the Honors Program.
  • Program in Graphic Design
    Learn more about our Graphic Design Program in the Department of Verbal & Visual Arts.
    “Supporting Talented and Remarkable Environmental And Marine Science Students” is a  National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program.  The program provides  opportunities for minorities and women to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees, gain valuable research experience and engage in professional development activities.
    Visit STREAMS online.
  • Student Research Journal (SRJ)
    The online Journal premiered in FALL 2010, beginning a new chapter in USFSP’s history. The SRJ is published on a dynamic, interactive website.  A data base indexes, cross-references, and retrieves publications. Submission information, forms, and faculty mentor information are accessible online. A rolling publication system allows flexibility in publishing new issues and special editions. Learn more about SRJ.
  • Study Abroad (International research)
    Our students complete study-abroad expeditions to various parts of the world. For example, a dozen biology and environmental science students returned recently from a three-week study-abroad expedition to Costa Rica and Panama and presented their findings at the Biogeography of the Panama Gap Student Symposium on June 21, 2012.
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium
    The symposium is a showcase for innovative research, scholarship and creative work that our undergraduate students produce during the academic year.  Students work under the tutelage and support of research faculty. The symposium is a significant part of the annual Research Month. It is sponsored by the Honors Program, the Department of Psychology, the Office of Research and the Division of Academic Affairs.

Awards, Honors and Special Recognitions

  • Chris Brown (Anthropology) presented at the 2012  Poster on the Hill in  Washington D.C.  The event is  sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR).  His research project title was “Monitoring Employment Risks through Linguistic Analysis of Electronic Communication.”  Chris also presented his research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Recent developments include co-authoring an article with his mentor, Alison Watkins, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and certificate programs in the College of Business and a foremost national researcher on “Insider Threat.”
  • Krista Ford (Psychology) won the Outstanding Undergraduate Award for best research project from the Florida Academy of Science in March 2012.  Her research project title was titled, “The Geometric Probability of Mating Success for the Greater Short-nosed Bat Cynopterus sphinx.”  Besides winning this award, Krista’s research was published in the USFSP Student research Journal.  Her award-winning poster was also presented at the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Kristina T. Gemayel (Biochemistry) won the Outstanding Undergraduate Award for best research project (medical session) from the Florida Academy of Science in March 2012. Her research project was titled, “Polymerization”.  Kristina also presented her  award-winning research poster at the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Brittany Lyp (Environmental Science and Policy), Outstanding Graduate Award for Spring 2012. Brittany is a STREAMS Scholarship Award recipient, inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa national Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society.  Brittany presented  two research projects at the 2012 Undergraduate Research symposium.
  • Reuben Pressman, USFSP student, won Creative Loafing and Creative Tampa Bay’s 10/100/1000 contest for his project “Swings”.