Student Research FAQ


Why should I do research as an undergraduate?

Conducting research as an undergraduate is an important step to explore an area of interest in depth, increase problem solving and critical thinking capabilities, network within your field of interest and also turn theoretical knowledge into real-world experience. Also, undergraduate research experience is highly valued in graduate school admissions.


How are undergrads involved?

There are several ways in which you can engage in research at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. You can be a lab assistant or work as a research assistant on faculty-led research projects. You may also initiate you own research study for course credit or through the Honors Program.


What are some other ways to get hands-on experience?

In addition to research, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Career Services offers connections to internships with local businesses and social service providers as well as national and international virtual internships. Please see the internship website for more information.


Is research the same as an internship?

An internship is geared towards providing work experience while research is primarily an academic endeavor; however, both experiences offer you the mentorship of a qualified industry expert and extensive networking opportunities. It is advisable to do both academic research and complete an internship for competitive employment and/or graduate school opportunities. For more information about Internships and Service Learning, contact your academic advisor.


Do I have to wait until I'm an upper-class student to conduct research?

No. USF Sarasota-Manatee campus faculty are interested in working with all students. However, some research projects may require coursework (e.g., research methods, statistics) before you are ready to participate.


Can I receive course credit for conducting research?

The policies regarding research credit vary by programs. In many cases, students may receive 1 to 3 credits toward their degree.


What is the time commitment for participating into a research project?

Time commitments vary widely by the faculty and the type of the project. Be sure to discuss the time expectations with your faculty advisor.


How do I find out about research opportunities?

Please see the Research Assistantship Database here. Alternatively, you can ask faculty members you have had for class or your faculty advisor about available research projects.