Student Resources

USF/UCSF Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching

The University of San Francisco/University of California San Francisco Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching (PUMT) program provides opportunities for USF science majors to gain research experience in laboratories led by UCSF graduate students and post-doctoral researchers/clinicians. Learn more about the PUMT program.


Financial Aid


The biology department provides financial support for student research and travel to scientific meetings. This support is made possible by the generous contributions of donors to the Biology Gift Fund. Learn more about grants-in-aid.

  • The Arthur Furst Award is given to eligible students conducting biology research. Contact to learn more.
  • Carol Chihara Awards are given every semester to eligible students, based primarily on their science GPA. Download the Chihara Award application.
  • The Edward L. Kessel Award is given to a graduating biology major with proven academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and support within USF’s Department of Biology, and high potential for a career in the biological sciences. Download the application.

Scholarship applications are due Friday, March 21, 2015 by 4:30 in Harney Science Center 342 or the mailbox across the hall.


Academic Advising

Your academic advisor, not an Academic Success Coach from the Center for Academic and Student Achievement, must release your academic before you can register for classes.


Access to Fletcher Jones Microscopy Center

All of the Instruments in the Fletcher Jones Microscopy Center are available to USF Students and Faculty free of charge.

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Peer Advising

 Biology peer advisors provide an experienced student’s perspective on how to juggle classes, study effectively, manage time, find research and leadership opportunities, join student organizations, and access campus resources. Peer advisors can be found in the Biology Department at the tables near the stairs on the third floor of Harney. Send your questions to:



Stanford Canary Center



Michigan State University's Kellog Biological Station (KBS) - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program


Department of Biology
Harney Science Center
Room 342
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117


Tel: (415) 422-6755
Fax: (415) 422-6363

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