Fostering research and creative opportunities at all levels—undergraduate, graduate, and faculty—is central to the University of San Francisco's mission to be a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor. The University of San Francisco promotes research as a humanizing, social activity, rather than a competitive exercise, to expand learning beyond the classroom. The University of San Francisco's student-to-faculty ratio of 15-to-1 forges close, collaborative relationships between faculty and students. In contrast to larger universities, the University of San Francisco gives undergraduates the chance to do graduate-level research directly with their professors. The results are in-depth inquiry and creative expression in areas ranging from computational neuroscience and ecofeminist ethics to acculturation’s impact on the health of Asian American immigrants.
From L to R: Iva Neveux (Desert Research Institute, Reno), Austin Gajewski (USF Biology major, class of 2013) and Bethany Goodrich (USF Biology major, class of 2011) riding in a Zodiac inflatable boat on the way to a sample site in Antarctica. The students work with Dr. Deneb Karentz (Departments of Biology and Environmental Science) collecting samples for her work on the functional genomics of Antarctic phytoplankton. Dr. Karentz’s research is funded by a 3-year grant of $229,625 from the National Science Foundation..