Centers and Institutes
CAS is home to numerous Centers and Institutes that bring faculty, students, and community
partners together around specific research topics. These Centers and Institutes create
a community of scholars and scientists to leverage their expertise and shared interests
to solve grand challenges that face our community.
|Institute for Digital Exploration
IDEx’s mission is to contribute to the development of digital scholarship and popularize
the humanities and social sciences among the student population and a wider global
community by tackling major themes in the field such virtual repatriation, memory
in the digital age, digital colonialism and digitally enhanced cognition. The Institute
applies 3D digital techniques and advanced 3D visualization for the documentation,
analysis, interpretation, and online dissemination of global cultural heritage sites
and historical and archaeological collections, emphasizing those that are endangered,
inaccessible, or underrepresented. The Institute collaborates with local and international
partners to foster projects in the fields of remote sensing, digital curation, virtual
museums, and digital communication of cultural heritage through the critical use of
state-of-the-art technologies and the development of innovative methodologies in digital
history and digital archaeological research.
|Center for Justice Research & Policy
|The Center for Justice Research & Policy (CJRP) applies rigorous research and evaluations
to develop a strong and sound evidence-base on criminal justice practices, policies,
and public beliefs. Our comprehensive approach at the CJRP emphasizes collaborations
across multiple fields, and between scientists and practitioners, to ensure that innovative
strategies are developed, tested, and implemented to help reduce crime and incarceration,
promote safe communities and equitable justice, and improve outcomes for persons at
risk of being involved in the justice system.
|Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies
|The CSDS plays an important role supporting USF as it establishes itself as a globally
engaged institution. The Center has become the stage where influential thinkers and
dignitaries come to share their visions and enlighten our community about key global
The USF Water Institute brings together faculty, students, and stakeholders to conduct
transdisciplinary research, provide innovative educational experiences, and facilitate
public outreach efforts that promote science-based solutions to local and global water
|Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities
Transforming the conversation about hunger and food insecurity and food sovereignty,
using research and education, to facilitate social equity that results in healthier
communities in Tampa Bay and beyond.
| Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment
The mission of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment
is to support transdisciplinary research through the creation of research clusters,
hosting thematic workshops, fellowships and visiting scholars, and the promotion of
innovative graduate and undergraduate education at USF. We strive for the creation,
perpetuation, and enhancement of knowledge among all disciplines that work to transcend
the traditional nature of collaboration in academic settings, which has commonly focused
on a siloed mentality to the study of human experiences and endeavors. We accomplish
this through the promotion of relationships among faculty and students within transdisciplinary
departments at the University of South Florida, as well as through the engagement
of various research projects undertaken by IASCE.
|USF Institute on Russia
The mission of the USF Institute on Russia is to advance knowledge and understanding
of Russia in a global and historical context. The Institute's current focus is broad
and includes politics and history, business and trade, science and medicine, as well
as culture, sports, and the arts. An improved understanding of Russia is critical
for our democracy and for global security. The USF Institute on Russia seeks to educate
students and the public not only about Russia but about areas of US-Russian conflict
|Institute of Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science
Forensics is dedicated to working with Florida's law enforcement agencies to solve
violent crimes using forensic science, emerging technology, and innovative crime scene
methods to help identify missing, endangered, exploited, and unidentified persons.
|Coalition for Science Literacy
|CSL coordinates accessible and available STEM learning opportunities for educators
and students at all levels by tapping into community resources, the university at
large, and an extensive and established network of professionals developed through
ongoing collaborative relationships.
|Institute for the Study of Latin America & the Caribbean
ISLAC provides interdisciplinary perspectives and opportunities for scholarly collaboration
of faculty and students to study Latin American & Caribbean anthropology, history,
government & international affairs, political science, humanities, world language
education, economics, arts, global & economic health, business, and many other interdisciplinary
|Florida Institute of Government
FIOG provides training and technical assistance to local and state government officials,
volunteers, and the general public on a wide range of topics. Since 1995, FIOG has
conducted nearly 25,000 workshops throughout Florida and more than 1,000 technical
assistance and applied research projects. Its mission is to increase the effectiveness
and quality of government in Florida through applied research, training, technical
assistance programs, and public service.
|Institute on Black Life
IBL is a vibrant resource on the history and culture of people of African descent.
Through a range of interdisciplinary research projects and programs, a speakers' series,
and an annual research conference, the Institute of Black Life maintains its commitment
to scholarship and service.
The Humanities Institute encourages important research in the Humanities by providing
summer grants for humanities-focused research projects. The Institute fosters a broad
and inclusive definition of humanities to include scholarly contributions in language,
literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, religion, ethics, arts,
and humanistic social science.
|Access 3D Lab
|The Access 3D Lab incubates and supports transformative research and teaching in STEM
disciplines, the arts, and the humanities. 3D scanning presents countless opportunities
for analytical and creative projects such as virtual museum creation, machine parts
design and phototyping, digital sculpting, and forensic analysis. As a shared user
facility, the lab is open to USF faculty and students from all disciplines. We provide
access to high-end 3D scanners, data processing software, training and workshops,
project consultations, and a collaborative workspace.
|Center for Geochemical Analysis
|The Center for Geochemical Analysis specializes in the determination of trace metals
in a variety of materials including water samples, environmental samples (e.g., soil,
sludge), and most rock types. The CGA employs two Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)
Mass Spectrometers, an ICP Optical Emission Spectrometer, and two specialized Ion
Chromatography Systems that work with the ICP-MS and independently for the determination
of speciation for both metals and anions. Combined, the CGA provides analyses of low
abundance elements in water, soils, chemicals, biologic materials, and rocks for the
greater USF community, national and global research institutions, and federal and
local government agencies.
|Chemical Purification, Analysis, and Screening Core Facility
|The Chemical Purification, Analysis, and Screening Core Facility offers expertise
in chromatographic separation and purification (MPLC, HPLC, UHPLC); and mass spectrometry
detection, identification, and quantification (LC-MS SQ, LC-MS QqQ, LC-MS ToF, LC-MS
QToF, GC-MSD, GC-MS QToF). Services include circular dichroism, general spectroscopic
characterization (UV, FTIR), lyophilization (benchtop and general purpose freeze-dryer),
synthesis (microwave reactor), ADME screening (PAMPA and drug solubility), and high-throughput
screening development capability (liquid handling robot and multimode plate reader).
This facility provides research lab training and assistance to users so they can operate
any instruments necessary to successfully accomplishing their research goals.
|Electron Microscopy Core Facility
The Electron Microscopy Core Facility provides microscope services to university,
industry, and commercial labs that include Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy,
Transmitted and Fluorescent Light Microscopy, Specimen Preparation, and Instrument
Training in TEM, SEM, Light Microscopy, and Consulting.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core Facility
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core Facility houses a range of nuclear magnetic resonance
instrumentation, including one of Florida's highest field strength NMRs (800 MHz).
Expertise and facilities are available for academic, government, and commercial studies
in structural, metabolomics, and materials research. We specialize in measuring the
magnetic properties of atomic nuclei, which make up the molecules that can become
future pharmaceutical drugs.
|Proteomics Core Facility
The Proteomics Core Facility provides expertise in biological mass spectrometry for
large-scale protein identification and characterization, as well as quantitative proteomics-based
workflows. The facility is equipped with high-performance mass spectrometers with
electrospray ionization sources coupled to nano-flow liquid chromatographs - ideal
for proteomics applications.
|Stable Isotope Lab
The Stable Isotope Lab offers analyses of both organic and inorganic samples (including
C, H, O, N, and S elements) to researchers from the geosciences, anthropology, biology,
|X-Ray Diffraction and Solid-State Characterization Lab
|The X-Ray Diffraction and Solid-State Characterization Lab provides access to instrumentation
and services needed to characterize crystalline solid-state samples. The lab specializes
in crystallography, single crystal x-ray diffraction, and powder x-ray diffraction.
We use x-ray diffraction methods to solve structures of single crystals and to identify
and characterize crystalline powder samples. The lab also provides access to TGA,
DSC, FT-IR, and UV-VIS instruments and is extensively used by synthetic and materials
scientists working at USF and other academic institutions and commercial entities.