USF’s 2022 Joint REU Symposium featured an amazing group of undergraduate scholars mentored by a diverse group of dedicated and talented USF faculty. The research was underwritten by multiple grants secured by faculty working individually and collaboratively. The collaborations extended across our campuses and across the globe. The impressive research conducted by these undergraduate scholars under the mentorship of USF faculty demonstrates the value of high impact educational practices.

2022 UGR Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Applied Physics that provided high quality motivational research experiences in four thrust areas including materials physics; atomic, molecular & optical physics/sensors; biomedical/biophysics; and computational physics. The REU Program in Applied Physics was facilitated by Professors David Rabson and Humberto Rodriguez Gutierrez.

Scholars from Geosciences also received NSF funding to study Urban Water Sustainability (UWS). Students worked in teams with research mentors on four topics that address environmental concerns related to UWS: Innovative Solutions to Urban Sanitary Infrastructure Rehabilitation, mentored by Mahmood Nachabe, PhD; Microbial Biofiltration Of Drinking Water, mentored by Katherine Alfredo, PhD; Using Urban Forests And Tree Canopy To Reduce Stormwater Runoff mentored by Mauricio Arias, PhD and Shawn Landry, PhD; and Environmental Justice from the Ground (water) Up mentored by Christian Wells, PhD. The REU Program in Water Sustainability was facilitated by Professors Philip van Beynen and Jennifer Collins.

Rounding out the event were four faculty members from the College of Engineering and one from the College of Public Health who mentored several undergraduate researchers, one Hillsborough Community College student, and one high school teacher:

  • Jeff Cunningham, PhD; Sarina Ergas, PhD; and Mahmood Nachabe, PhD from Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • John Kuhn, PhD; Chemical, Biological, & Materials Engineering
  • Mahmooda Khaliq Pasha, PhD; College of Public Health

Professors Jeff Cunningham (PI), Mahmooda Pasha (Co-PI), and James Mihelcic (Co-PI) received NSF funding for their project, IRES Track 1: Convergent Research to Support Provision of Safe Water in Eastern Coastal Madagascar. This project, which was part of the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES program), sent 5 students, including two undergraduates, to Madagascar this summer. Through this project, two USF undergraduates spent 7 weeks in Madagascar conducting research related to the quality, treatment, and safety of drinking water.

Professors Ergas and Kuhn received NSF funding for Mainstream Deammonification by Ion Exchange and Bioregeneration via Partial Nitritation/Anammox. This was a joint proposal with Penn State and Technion (Israel), funded by the NSF and Binational Science Foundation (BSF). Professor Kuhn also mentored a student on his Department of Energy funded project, Intensified Biogas Conversion to Value-added Fuels and Chemicals. Co-PIs for the project were Babu Joseph, PhD and Matt Yung, PhD from the National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The research from the College Engineering can be viewed in this symposium booklet.

Congratulations to the undergraduate researchers, our amazing faculty mentors, and their respective departments and colleges. We couldn’t be prouder!

Refreshments for the symposium were generously provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) grant in the College of Engineering.


Global Citizens Award

GCA Summer 2022 Awardees

Congratulations to our Summer 2022 Global Citizen Award recipients! We are very proud of our students, all their wonderful accomplishments, and their passion for global citizenship. We are also very appreciative of the dedication these students have to the Sustainable Development Goals, to reaching their own goals, and to making the world a better place than they found it. 


Global Cafe

Nazek Jawad, Ph.D. of the Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research was pleased to host 16 faculty members across the three campuses to Global Cafes. Faculty engaged in celebrating diverse cultures and cuisines as they engaged in conversations with other USF faculty and the HIPUR team.

Global Cafe Menu Items