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Students examine sediment in a lab at CMS

Students from across the country will spend the summer at USF conducting ocean and weather research

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program gives students the research skills needed for graduate school and future careers. More than 40 students from across the country are spending their summer at USF St. Pete, immersing themselves in research focused on oceanography, weather, climate change and science communication.

June 3, 2024Campus News, Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

students presenting at undergraduate research conference

USF conference showcases growth and breadth of undergraduate research

Around 50 students showcased their analysis and findings during the Undergraduate Research Conference held at USF St. Petersburg. Students representing nearly all majors gathered at USF campuses from April 10-12 to present research projects they developed during the academic year.

April 17, 2024Campus News, Research and Innovation

St. Pete Science Festival school day

St. Petersburg Science Festival & MarineQuest returns with exciting new STEM and art exhibits

The St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest returned with more hands-on activities than ever before, including a mobile aquarium, seagrass maze and a shark show utilizing virtual reality. The event aims to inspire creativity, engage curiosity and deepen knowledge of science and the arts.

February 7, 2024Community Partnerships, Events, Research and Innovation

Education and research combined for students aboard a five-day cruise on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Weatherbird II.

Students conduct science at sea

Education and research combined for students aboard a five-day cruise on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Weatherbird II, giving them the opportunity to apply skills they’ve learned in the classroom to hands-on field studies at sea.

September 20, 2023Research and Innovation

Coral recovery at Keys Marine Lab

USF/FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory to house thousands of corals to mitigate impact from historic ocean heat wave

As unprecedented heat waves and escalating water temperatures in South Florida create a massive coral bleaching event, the Keys Marine Laboratory is quickly stepping in to house thousands of coral in an attempt to save them.

July 24, 2023Research and Innovation

'Snakeman' studies snake fungal disease for his master's thesis

‘Snakeman’ studies venomous snakes to learn more about fungal disease found in Florida

Shiv Shukla, a graduate student in conservation biology, is studying a snake fungal disease found in Florida. See what he plans to do with the findings inside the herpetology lab at USF, where Shukla tests the venomous and non-venomous snakes.

July 13, 2023Campus News, Research and Innovation

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Who’s hunting the black widow spider? Their brown widow relatives, research shows

Brown widow spiders are seeking out and killing their black widow relatives, a surprising twist in the natural relationship between species of spiders known for their venomous bites, according to a new study by USF researchers.

March 13, 2023Research and Innovation

Manatee rescue on campus

Marine biology student helps rescue distressed manatee in Bayboro Harbor

Kierstyn Benjamin shares her story of how she noticed a small, distressed manatee in Bayboro Harboro and acted quickly, playing a major part in rescuing the animal right near campus.

January 26, 2023Campus News

Alexia Castellon Fall 2022 graduate

Fall graduate stayed on campus to help others evacuate before Hurricane Ian

While pursuing dual degrees in Biology and Health Sciences, producing a podcast on race and equity and working as a resident assistant (RA), Alexia Castellon was also worrying about her family in Fort Myers, who evacuated to a shelter during Hurricane Ian.

December 6, 2022Campus News

Deby Cassill, Estate Gift

Biology professor who made midlife career change gives $1 million estate gift to USF St. Petersburg campus

Deby Cassill credits the USF St. Petersburg campus with giving her the opportunity to explore her passion for science, trading in a nearly 20-year career in health care to become a biology professor. Now she is providing the institution with a $1 million estate gift to aid the next generation of aspiring biologists.

October 12, 2022Campus News, Research and Innovation

Associate Professor Heather Judkins aboard the R/V Point Sur in Gulf of Mexico

USF professor discovers new species while part of team studying impact of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico

Associate Professor Heather Judkins will continue her studies of cephalopods, such as octopus and squid, on July 26 as part of a team of scientists aboard the R/V Point Sur for a 12-day research cruise around the Gulf of Mexico. The group is studying the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

July 20, 2022Research and Innovation

USF St. Petersburg campus

USF St. Petersburg campus faculty among the top two percent of researchers worldwide

A study by Stanford University placed four faculty members from USF’s St. Petersburg campus among the top 2 percent of scientists in the world.

February 25, 2022Research and Innovation

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