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Ignite your passion for discovery...

...become an Undergraduate Research Scholar

At the University of South Florida, we believe in the importance of research in all disciplines and we believe in giving students the opportunity to participate in the research process.

Each year, we invite a select group of first-year Honors students to become Undergraduate Research Scholars. To qualify for this exciting program, you must have an SAT score of at least 1350 or an ACT score of 32, as well as a weighted high school GPA of 4.0 or higher.

DiscoverY: People, Processes, and Problems

All Undergraduate Research Scholars take the Discovery seminar during their first semester. We begin the course by broadly defining research as the systematic investigation of a particular phenomenon or problem. We also discuss important issues in research ethics. Faculty presenters from throughout the university explain how they became interested in doing research (in fields ranging from humanities to archaeology to health sciences) and share examples of problems and questions they have explored. For their concluding projects, students learn more about a particular researcher and area of research at the university, and present their results to the seminar as a whole.

Scholarship and Research

During or after completing the Discovery seminar, we encourage you to serve as a research assistant with a member of USF's outstanding faculty. We will work with you to identify on-campus research opportunities, giving you access to the facilities and resources that allow our faculty to work on the cutting edge of their disciplines

Once you have completed the Discovery seminar, you can remain an Undergraduate Research Scholar throughout your USF career. You may work with the same mentor through your thesis year, or you may find a new one in a different area of interest. You may also choose to take a semester or more away from research, depending on your interests and schedule. For each semester you are involved in research (for neither pay nor credit) and maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA, we will award you a $500 Discovery Research Scholarship.

Research by Undergraduate Research Scholars

Our Undergraduate Research Scholars frequently publish along with their mentors, and have presented their research at USF's Annual Undergraduate Research symposium, as well as at national professional and undergraduate research conferences, including Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychological Associate, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Research Scholar Application

If you have received an email from an Honors College staff member welcoming you to the program and instructing you to complete the online Research Scholar Application please continue to the application below.

Please note that admission to the Research Scholars Program is by invitation only. The general requirements for acceptance are:

  • A weighted High School GPA of 4.0 or greater (as calculated by USF)
  • A Composite SAT score of 1350 or greater OR an ACT score of 32 or greater

If you do not meet these criteria, but believe you should be a member of the Research Scholars program; please contact the Dean at

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Published: 3/4/2015
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