Graduate Research

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.

Recent Accolades

In fiscal year 2019, USF was awarded a record $525.4 million in research contracts and grants. The university ranks 8th in the nation among public universities, and 16th world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI (2019). In fact, USF has ranked in the top 10 among public universities for U.S. patents granted for the past ten years (2010-2019).

Research Resources

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.

Research Technologies

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.