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 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.
Undergraduate Research Interest Group (URIG)
In 2010-2011, an Undergraduate Research Interest Group will be initiated for CBCS students to meet to discuss their research ideas and form cross-disciplinary collaborations. Open to all students in the College, URIG members will be invited to the CBCS Distinguished Researcher Lecture Series and will have the opportunity to meet with the these speakers to discuss their research interests. In addition, URIG members will participate in field experiences to learn about the need and importance of research from a community perspective. In the past, field experiences for undergraduate researchers included Pinellas Hope (a tent city project for individuals who are homeless), the medical examiner's office, and family and adult drug courts. They also participated in DUI checkpoints. These experiences are not just observational but allow students to interact with stakeholders, such as judges and families affected by crime and violence. These experiences have provided helpful insights to inform student research topics.
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.
- The Alice Armstrong Assistantship is awarded to a student conducting research in the area of substance abuse and its impact on families.
- The Ruth Boothroyd Assistantship is awarded to a student conducting research in nutrition and well being.
- The Ellen Nizzi Assistantship is awarded to a student conducting research on positive aging.
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.
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.
The SRI@FMHI also includes a six-week summer program for students in the Upward Bound or CROP programs. The on-line application is available on the Summer Research Institute website.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Undergraduate students who have been mentored by our faculty have been extraordinarily successful in publishing their research in peer reviewed journals and have made numerous presentations at local, regional, and national conferences.