Graduate Research at USF

USF has grown to be an outstanding research university with an important economic impact on the Tampa Bay region and Florida. The underlying component of USF that drives its research initiatives is the talent of faculty, staff and students. In every corner of the university great scientists, scholars and educators are teaching the next generation of students how to be tomorrow's leading researchers.

Graduate Student Research Symposium

This half-day research poster competition provides a venue for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in all disciplines to present and discuss their current research. It’s an opportunity to obtain feedback from faculty scholars, mentors and peers and foster academic collaboration. Winners in 12 categories will receive a conference travel award.

Completed Theses & Dissertations

All PhD students, and many masters students, will be conducting research and preparing a dissertation or thesis as part of their degree requirements. USF maintains a searchable, digital collection of completed and approved documents in “Scholar Commons” that is available for public review. If you would like to read dissertations or theses produced by students in your field, please click the link on the right.

Responsible Conduct of Research

All new doctoral students must take basic training in the responsible conduct of research during their first semester. This includes various elements of research conduct ranging from research misconduct to data management to mentoring. Unless their program provides RCR training in the curriculum, doctoral students must pass the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training module that is most relevant to their program of study.

Research Integrity & Compliance

The mission of the Division of Research Integrity and Compliance is to ensure that USF research is safe and ethical; to facilitate the conduct of research; to comply with applicable regulations, laws, and institutional polices; and thereby, promote a culture of integrity in research. It oversees biosafety, human and animal research protection programs, conflicts of interest, research misconduct and HIPAA and Export Controls compliance.

National Academy of Inventors

Founded by USF in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the NAI is comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. Currently, USF has 272 member inventors.

Research Technologies

At USF, research is a creative and ongoing collaboration among faculty and student researchers, administrative staff, business and academic partners, and the community. Students are encouraged to engage in basic and applied research throughout their program. In addition to training and mentoring, USF provides a wide range of resources, services and tools to help students become skilled and productive researchers, scholars, and analysts.