16th Thacher Annual
The 16th Thacher Annual student art show "interMEDIA" runs through June 28 in Thacher Gallery.More Info »

USFers Tutor San Francisco’s Homeless Students

07-20-2015Learning Center

Living out of a car with family members and couch surfing at relatives’ homes can wreak havoc on young peoples’ educations and lead many to drop out of school. Yet, a good education might be their best chance to build a more stable future. That’s why USF Learning and Writing Center students tutor dozens of homeless and disadvantaged San Francisco school kids each year, offering one-on-one assistance.

Students Program Video Games to Improve Patients’ Recoveries 

07-06-2015Video Game Therapy

USF computer science students and alumni are helping disabled patients stand and walk again with therapeutic video games that build patients’ strength and agility.

Students Transformed by USF Artist’s Mission to Serve the Underserved

06-22-2015Estria Miyashiro Mural Art

Josue Rojas met acclaimed USF graffiti-style muralist Estria Miyashiro ’92 at a pivotal moment, perhaps the pivotal moment of his life. He was surrounded by violence and hanging with the wrong crowd. Today, Rojas is an artist in his own right and just graduated with an MFA degree from Boston University.

USF MBA Student’s Tourism Startup Idea Goes “Off the Beaten Path”

06-11-2015Trey Ratcliff union square

Andy Hunter MBA ’16 wants to help tourists experience San Francisco like the locals do.

Architecture Students Preserving Mission Santa Cruz

06-09-2015Mission Santa Cruz

USF architecture students have teamed with California parks and a cutting-edge preservation group to digitally record, preserve, and, hopefully, restore some of the state’s oldest buildings — California Missions.

USF Nursing & Public Health Students Behind Expanded Free Medical Services

06-05-2015Nurse take blood pressure

USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) has been recognized for helping to expand medical care to San Francisco’s most needy at a free clinic that serves patients far beyond its Tenderloin neighborhood address.

Leadership Award Winner Says USF Changed Her

06-03-2015Sascha Rosemond

Communications major Sascha Rosemond ’15 talks about USF in the glowing terms that many reserve for a parent or spouse, saying the university’s impact has been immeasurable. Ask about her USF experience and she’s quick to recount how she unpacked who she was for the first time in Prof. Evelyn Rodriguez’s People of Mixed Descent class.

USF Band Ivory Arrows is On the Way, After Releasing New Album

05-18-2015Ivory Arrows

USF band Ivory Arrows has played numerous shows at university venues, debuted two EPs, and toured California and Oregon over the past four years. Now, the soulful indie pop trio has released its first full-length album — On the Way

Nursing Students Learn to Put Chaos Theory in its Place


Does knowing Chaos Theory produce better nurses? The mathematical postulate is an integral part of USF’s online Master of Science in Nursing (RN-to-MSN) program, where nurses learn to take charge of complex and chaotic emergency situations to improve patient care.

Hawaiian Club Celebrates With Hula Dances, SPAM Eating Contest

05-08-2015Hawaiian dance

The USF Hui O Hawaii club’s annual lu’au on May 2 drew more than 200 attendees and featured traditional Hawaiian dances and a SPAM musubi eating contest.

Sounds of Pop, Sounds of Protest 

04-23-2015Greil Marcus

Acclaimed Rolling Stone magazine cultural critic and San Francisco native Griel Marcus will visit USF on April 23 to talk about the state of popular music in the context of modern protest movements, including #BlackLivesMatter.

Math Undergrads Hack SF and Win

04-06-2015Math Hackathon Winners

USF math students won the nation’s largest challenge-driven hackathon. They did it by developing a breakthrough application that reduced the online storage size of photos, while preserving faces in the images in crystal clear high resolution.

USF’s Tax Moot Court Team Wins ABA National Competition

04-01-2015Tax Moot Court

In USF’s first year fielding a team in the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, Aaron Miki 4L and Mikkela Sweet 4L won first place in the oral portion of the national moot court competition’s JD division.

“Meaning” and the American Incarceration System

03-24-2015Dance in Jails

USF art and dance students recently stepped out of the recital hall and into county jail, where they put social change art theory into practice with inmates and soon found themselves breaking down cultural biases in surprising ways.

Doctoral Student is Outstanding Tech Teacher of the Year

03-13-2015Diana Neebe

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has named USF doctoral student and high school English teacher Diana Neebe ’17 its outstanding young educator of the year, for her innovative classroom use of iPads and other technology.

Business Student Rebuilds Kuwait After Gulf Oil Well Fires

03-05-2015Kuwait oil fires

When business student Dalal AlDilaimi ’16 was 3 years old, her country was transformed into a nightmarish inferno as the retreating Iraq Army set fire to hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells in the Gulf War. The devastating environmental and human health tolls were immediate and long lasting. Two decades later, AlDilaimi is a leading entrepreneur fighting to bring her country back from the brink.

Reclaiming Culture: PBS Follows Student’s Journey to Preserve Tribal Heritage

02-17-2015Jordan Dresser

Sometimes following your calling means venturing so far outside your comfort zone that you’ll ache with homesickness.

USF Ecologist Races to Save Endangered Cypress from Extinction

02-11-2015Laos Instrument

USF’s Gretchen Coffman is leading an international rescue effort to save an endangered cypress tree on the verge of extinction. Coffman, a restoration ecologist, compares the Southeast Asia cypress to California’s majestic redwoods, and National Geographic is funding her campaign.

When Walls Speak

02-09-2015Julian Rowand

A graduate student in USF’s Human Rights Education program co-directed a short documentary on the celebrated murals in San Francisco’s Mission District and helped paint one himself.

Seeing the Personal in the Past

02-04-2015Oral history with Meals On Wheels SF senior

Next time you tune into StoryCorps on NPR, USF creative writing students may be interviewing a former hippy who moved his family to a teepee on Mt. Tamalpais after the Summer of Love, or a Jewish immigrant who survived the Nazi occupation of France, or a 97-year-old native San Franciscan who remembers when gas street lamps lit downtown.

New Exhibit Spotlights Printing Press’s Role in Changing History


USF museum studies students are set to premiere a new Thacher Gallery exhibit on Jan. 26, in a first-of-its kind show.

Healing Hanoi

01-07-2015Healing Hanoi 4Web

A USF program is helping redefine the role of nurses in vietnam, in an effort to improve a health care system that is struggling to meet basic needs. It's working.

An Education Worth Fighting For

12-08-2014Maria Poyer

Maria Poyer ’15 didn’t learn to read until she was nearly 14. She never learned phonics, and before she came to USF, she’d never written an essay. In fact, she’d spent less than four years of her life in school.

How to Turn a Class Assignment Into a Startup Company

11-19-2014College Labor

Entrepreneur Justin Ohanessian’s recipe for launching a successful business calls for two things: a simple idea and abundant determination.

Alumna is Chief Executive in the Fight Against Cancer

11-12-2014Family House

For Alexandra Morgan MNA ’00, the fight against cancer is personal. It played a pivotal role in her decision to become CEO of Family House — a San Francisco nonprofit that cares for children stricken by the disease.

Responding to Humanitarian Crisis, USF Assists Unaccompanied Minors

11-06-2014Immigrant Minors

Late last spring, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras was forced to leave his family and flee his home after his life was threatened by violent local gangs.

New Lo Schiavo Chair Meets Students at the Intersection of Politics and Faith

10-03-2014Lo Schiavo Turner

Frank Turner, S.J., a leading international advocate on issues of poverty, social deprivation, climate change, and foreign policy, has been named USF’s new Anna and Joseph Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought.

Imagining Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Psychologists Find

10-01-2014Brand Thought

Corporate ad execs may want to reconsider their tactics for enticing consumers, in light of recent award-winning research conducted by a team of USF undergraduates.

Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker

09-26-2014Sam Meadows Kamran Meyer Katie Finch

Katie Finch ’14, a participant in this spring’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, recently won a case for her client thanks to her dogged investigation skills. The charges against her client were dismissed moments before the courtroom trial was about to begin, and Finch’s investigation also led to another defendant’s acquittal in a related case.

Battling AIDS: Biz Alum Joins Cause After Uganda Immersion 

09-24-2014Uganda pig

Mallory Browne ’13 could have landed a cushy corporate job after graduating as a standout USF business-marketing student. Instead, she saw a chance to make a difference and help save lives working for an international nonprofit that leads HIV/AIDS care and research in 28 countries around the world.

Race, Class, and Gender and How to Dance Them

09-17-2014Luis Reynoso

USF kicks off its fall Davies Forum with a performance and lecture by celebrated dancer and choreographer José Luis Reynoso on Sept. 18.

Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee 

09-12-2014Fair trade coffee

When USF graduate researchers landed in Guatemala to investigate whether fair trade coffee was benefiting local coffee growers, they never imagined the experience would be turned into a novel about the country’s tug of war between rich and poor, its colonial past, and coffee marketers’ efforts to win international consumers’ hearts and minds.

Introducing USF’s New Sacramento Campus 

09-02-2014Sacramento Campus

USF’s new Sacramento Campus is now open, in the heart of the city’s historic business district.

USF Involvement Fair Falls Silent in Solidarity With Slain Teen

08-29-2014Involvement Fair

More than 200 USFers fell silent on Gleeson Plaza at 12:30 Thursday afternoon and some held up signs in honor of Michael Brown — the Ferguson, Mo., teen killed by police in early August. 

Latest Research: Wheelchairs Raise Employment, Reduce Begging in the Developing World

08-27-2014Wheelchair repair shop

Provide the disabled with wheelchairs and they will switch from begging on the streets to working. They will live better, more productive lives and increase their income by as much as 82 percent. Those are the conclusions Justin Grider ’14 came to after he spent two months in Ethiopia conducting graduate research that made international economists take notice.

USF Graduate Reading Specialists Fight Summer Learning Loss

08-21-2014Mo Magic summer reading program

USF’s Helen Maniates was recently named Education Partner of the Year for leading a School of Education effort to bolster the reading skills of students from under-resourced San Francisco schools.

USF Students Restore Endangered Species Habitat

08-07-2014Muir Woods

The students began by conducting environmental research on a fragile ecosystem in the Bay Area parks system. Now their research is being adopted by the national park system.

San Francisco Poet Laureate and Activist Named USF Diversity Scholar

08-05-2014janice cropped 2

If you ask celebrated poet and activist Janice Mirikitani, there’s no better classroom than the streets of San Francisco.


Flash Mobs, Food Myths, and Fantasy: USF’s 10 Coolest Classes

08-01-2014Flash mob Earth Day

Weave fishing nets, organize the community ’60s-style in Haight-Ashbury and dance through the streets of San Francisco — all for college credit.

Nursing Students Applauded for Service to San Franciscans

07-23-2014Nursing City Impact

USF’s nursing students are receiving accolades for their work providing free health care to some of the city’s poorest residents.

Translating Science Into Plain English

07-21-2014Students and snails

USF’s Sarah Capitelli has helped turn the San Francisco Exploratorium’s renowned, hands-on science into language lessons for non-English speaking students — work that’s received rave reviews.

USF Biologist Wins Prestigious National Science Grants

07-14-2014Juliet Spencer

Biology Professor Juliet Spencer has received two national grants to further her groundbreaking research with a herpes-related virus that infects 70–90 percent of the population and may play a role in the spread of breast cancer.

USF School Counseling Students Coach High Schoolers to Higher College Enrollment Levels

07-10-2014Western Addition Counseling

USF school counseling students are leading the charge to increase college enrollment among San Francisco students from low-income and immigrant families by providing free counseling in public high schools.

Meet USF's Newman Civic Fellow and Next Generation Diversity Leader

06-30-2014Taylor Heath

Taylor Heath ’15 thought about withdrawing from USF after her first semester. Today, she’s among the most connected students on campus. She leads the Black Student Union (BSU) as president, recruits USFers to join service-learning classes in her role as an advocate for community engagement (ACE) and works as a resident advisor (RA).

Hundreds Flock to USF Nursing Students’ Mobile Health Clinics

06-27-2014Central Valley nurses

In May, USF nursing students traveled to one of the poorest regions in the country and set up pop-up health clinics to treat local residents who couldn’t afford to see a physician. Children as young as 4 years old, their parents and family members, along with many of the community’s homeless lined up by the hundreds.

USF School Counseling Students Coach High Schoolers to Higher College Enrollment Levels

06-19-2014Western Addition Counseling

USF school counseling students are leading the charge to increase college enrollment among San Francisco students from low-income and immigrant families by providing free counseling in public high schools.

USF Data Analytics Rises to the Top

06-17-2014big data

USF’s graduate program in “big data” analytics ranks among the top in the nation, according to MastersInDataScience.org.

A Class for the Ages

06-09-2014Fromm Generations

There’s a class at USF that’s enrolled students as young as 18 and as old as 93, students who marched in civil rights-era protests and others who weren’t old enough to vote when Barack Obama was elected the country’s first African-American president.

Fight on all Fronts: USF Gates Millennium Scholar Puts on the Gloves for Immigrant Rights

05-28-2014Marisela Esparza

Like most USF students, Marisela Esparza’s service-learning experience started by volunteering for a cause. Unlike most, it ended with her helping to organize a strike to win higher wages for thousands of San Francisco hotel workers. What began as a class requirement became a calling.

USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’ 

05-09-2014Colleges of Distinction

USF has earned a place on the Colleges of Distinction list of top universities for the third consecutive year, thanks to the university’s exceptional faculty, engaged teaching, successful graduates, and vibrant campus life.