Welcome to the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR)
What is Undergraduate Research?
At USF, undergraduate research is broadly defined as a project that enables individual students or groups of students to pose or work from a defined research question, apply methods of inquiry to generate findings, and share the findings with others through presentation and publication.
Engaging in undergraduate research is transformational and highly beneficial to students, faculty and the greater university community. Many studies show that students involved in undergraduate research achieve higher grades, have a deeper understanding of their chosen discipline and are more competitive for jobs, national awards and admission to graduate and professional school.
Did you know?
In a recent poll of employers, 93% said that a candidate’s undergraduate major was less significant than a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively and apply knowledge to real-world problem solving
The RIAS Scholarship was one of the best
opportunities that I have been given
at my time at USF. Taking part in an
undergraduate research project with my art
allowed me the opportunity to push my
work to cross interdisciplinary boundaries
– 2013 RIAS Scholar
Conducting research at USF has offered
me incredible opportunities to pursue my
creative and scientific ambitions and to
become a more well-rounded and
– Undergraduate researcher in biology
The connections I have made with the OUR staff and other faculty
will improve my ability to get hired after finishing my academic
career. Undergraduate research has given me a better perception
of research, enabled me to write and speak professionally, and
increased my confidence in pursuing my goals.
– OUR research fellow
Becoming involved in undergraduate research is
the best experience I’ve had as USF student.
This experience has allowed me to learn more about
the research process as well as reaffirm to me that
the career path I’ve chosen to pursue is what I want to do.
– English major
Participating in undergraduate research has
allowed me to gain that extra push in my courses
that I am taking to help prepare me for the MCAT
and for Medical School.
– Africana Studies major