Student Research FAQ
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.
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.
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.
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.
The policies regarding research credit vary by programs. In many cases, students may receive 1 to 3 credits toward their degree.
Time commitments vary widely by the faculty and the type of the project. Be sure to discuss the time expectations with your faculty advisor.
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.