Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Certificate

RISE (Research Intensive Student Experience) is an undergraduate research certificate designed for students interested in learning about research in the behavioral and community sciences. The certificate provides a planned sequence of courses to support the systematic development of students as undergraduate researchers. The certificate is intended: (1) to provide students who plan to apply to graduate school with a credential signifying their completion of a systematic undergraduate research preparation program, (2) to encourage students to pursue research mentorships that will lead to the completion of an independent research project, and (3) to guide students toward the goal of disseminating the results of their research at a national conference or peer-reviewed publication. Students in the certificate will have the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Research Assistants. An overall GPA of at least 2.5 must be maintained. A grade of "B" must be obtained in all courses applying toward the certificate.

CBCS Undergraduate Research Assistantships

CBCS students may apply for undergraduate research assistantships. Priority is given to students enrolled in the RISE undergraduate research certificate. As participants gain more research experience, they may be promoted from Research Assistant I to Research Assistant II and III, until they reach the highest level, Undergraduate Research Scholar, in their senior year.

The Moms Project: Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Three CBCS faculty who share a passion for mentoring undergraduate students in research, also share the experience of caring for their mothers whose average age is 92. As the years passed, these faculty affectionately began to refer to their mothers as The Moms. They often took The Moms to dinner, to USF basketball games, and to social events together. Each of these mothers had dreams and aspirations that were delayed or unfulfilled because of the Great Depression and World War II. The Moms Project honors these three strong women by establishing undergraduate research assistantships in areas of special interest to each mother.

Students are eligible to apply for one of the Moms Project assistantships if they are (1) an undergraduate student pursuing a major or minor in CBCS; (2) conducting research in one of the areas of special interest to The Moms; and (3) collaborating with a CBCS faculty member and/or doctoral student who will serve as a research mentor for the undergraduate student. For additional information, contact Dr. Catherine Batsche, Associate Dean.

Click here for additional information on The Moms Project.

NIMH Summer Research Institute @ FMHI

The Summer Research Institute at USF's Florida Mental Health Institute (SRI@FMHI) is open to undergraduate students from USF and other universities in the United States. The program provides an intensive ten-week research experience for students who are interested in conducting research on mental illness and related disorders. Twelve students are accepted each summer. The admissions criteria and on-line application are available on the SRI@FMHI website. The application deadline will be announced in November of each year.