USF is a major research institution and one of only 40 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated “community engaged” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In every corner of the university, graduate students work alongside internationally renowned faculty and researchers to help solve some of society's most difficult problems.
Areas of Excellence
Our researchers are advancing the frontiers of medicine, science, engineering and the arts. The university is a leader in the treatment of brain disease, veteran reintegration, sustainability, infectious disease and photovoltaic technologies – using cells to transfer energy from sunlight. Visit the Office of Research and Innovation to find out more about the exciting projects we’re exploring.
In the 2016 fiscal year, USF was awarded a record $458.5 million in contracts and grants. The university ranks 9th in the nation among public universities and 21st world-wide among all universities granted U.S. utility patents. It is ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation, public or private, for research expenditures.
As a graduate student, you’ll have access to valuable resources such as research symposiums, networking groups, a database of theses and dissertations, and funding opportunities that support you as you progress through your studies.
Our Advanced Visualization Center supports an ultra-high resolution 3D display in its auditorium and a computer visualization lab with 3D workstations and a portfolio of visualization software. The Research Computing department supports a state-of-the-art 6000 processor cluster computer, scientific software administration, software tools, and 3D printing.