░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in inquiry-based research, ranging from class-based projects to laboratory and field research to research-informed art installations and performances. Students work with expert faculty in a variety of fields to gain valuable experience and discipline-specific knowledge that will benefit them in future careers, studies and applications for competitive grants and programs.

Introduction to Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry is dedicated to making research accessible to all students at the University of Tampa. The Spartan Undergraduate Research Experience program offers selected incoming students a yearlong orientation to research, including disciplinary mentoring and introductions to ongoing research projects. OURI also offers periodic workshops on ways to get involved in research projects at ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app, as well as one-on-one advising for students embarking upon their research journeys.

Get Paid to Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry offers a number of grants to support student research. Students may be eligible for travel funding, supplies such as lab equipment or computer technology, dues for professional organizations, summer housing and even cash stipends and student awards to support their research projects. See the OURI grants page for details and deadlines for grant applications.

Opportunities to Present and Publish

Students undertaking research projects at the University of Tampa have a variety of opportunities to showcase their work. In addition to on-campus conferences and symposia, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry takes select students to the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference ( ) and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research annually. Every two years, top students are invited to present at the  event at the state capitol building in Tallahassee, with travel and lodging covered by the University.

Students at the University of Tampa also have numerous pathways to publishing their research. The  offers the following student-edited venues for publication:

: The journal of ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app’s Academic Writing Program, featuring essays written in AWR 201 classes and revised for publication under faculty mentorship.

: ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app’s journal for university-wide undergraduate research and inquiry projects. 

: ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app’s peer-reviewed academic journal for undergraduate research in the sciences and mathematics. 

Students may also submit their work for publication in undergraduate research journals such as , or collaborate with faculty members on publication in disciplinary research journals.

Please direct your questions regarding undergraduate research and inquiry to ouri@ut.edu

Student Research Stories (Click the photos below to learn more.)

Gaston Merideth II

Gaston Merideth II ÔÇÖ18 has been working since his first year at ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app with Kenyon Evans-Nguyen, associate professor of chemistry, on finding ways to analyze forensic evidence quickly while in the field.

Forensic Science Research

Jessica Elson

Jessica Elson ÔÇÖ20┬áhas been involved in paradigm shifting research studying seahorse ecology in the Bahamas.

Seahorse Research

Nichole Laggan

Nichole Laggan ÔÇÖ18 studied a fungus that is contributing to the extinction of frogs. She presented her research at the Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Frog Research

Mackenzie Harrington

Mackenzie Harrington ÔÇÖ19┬ápresents her research on gender differences in Spanish language learning at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference.

Battle of the Sexes Research

Malignant Narcissism

The short documentary film Malignant Narcissism: Choreographic Research of the Brain follows the interdisciplinary work of University of Tampa student, Elliot Daugherty. As a double major in dance and psychology, Elliot merges his two interests to create this live performance.

Devon Grey

"░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩app creates a strong connection between students and faculty, allowing students the ability to gain hands-on research experience starting their first year. Undergraduates are given both the freedom and support to follow their interests and take the lead on their own research projects. This allows students to foster several important skills, such as creative thinking, time management, teamwork and problem solving, all of which are vital for their future careers.ÔÇŁ

ÔÇö Devon Grey ÔÇÖ20, B.S. in Molecular Biology, current Ph.D. student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham