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.
Why is Undergraduate Research important?
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
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Students create research-based arts projects.
The OUR gave me a better idea of the possibilities that are out there and helped me realize my potential.
With the help of the OUR, I have recently begun a laboratory research position and I am glad to be working in an environment where I can be a part of the solution. Thanks OUR!
~ Cedric Symonette, biology major
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On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Office for Undergraduate Research hosted Inquiry and Discovery: Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The event was held in the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom and conference rooms) and provided a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their current research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers. Visit the
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Congratulations to the 2014 undergraduate Excellence in Research Award Winners!
This year’s Colloquium showcased the research of nearly 300 students across a multitude of disciplines including theater arts, medicine, community sciences, music education, physics, natural sciences and many more. This year 63 faculty, administrators, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and alumni served as fac ...more
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected the University of South Florida for a five-year, $1.2 million grant to develop and implement a summer STEM Academy enrichment program for entering first-year students as part of a sweeping, $60 million effort to reinvigorate science instruction at 37 leading research universities. Read More »
From USF Library News:
University of South Florida students are capable of great things. But occasionally, an ambitious young student will demonstrate such mastery of the research process, and pursue their academic and career goals with such focus, as to bedazzle those around him or her. It is this passionate undergraduate scholar that the Best Use of Library Resources award seeks to find each yea ...more