USF students working in a biology lab

Students and Research

At the University of San Francisco, students are encouraged to pursue in-depth research at the highest level by taking advantage of USF's extensive resources. Small class sizes offer students the opportunity for hands-on involvement and collaborative relationships with faculty in ways not possible at other institutions. Here are some of our unique resources and ways our students are actively putting them to work.

Creative Activity and Research Day at USF

John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation

A 57,000 square foot building featuring state-of-the-art, flexible laboratories, sophisticated digital studios, and advanced instrument rooms, the John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science of Education is the hub of environmental, health, and computer science research at USF. With spaces designed to expand student/faculty research and prepare students for the challenges of an increasingly technological world, the center is revolutionizing the University's science and math programs, creating the perfect platform for launching the next generation of innovators. 

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Centers and Institutes

USF is the home of almost 20 centers and institutes dedicated to research and enrichment. With a shared goal of bringing education and awareness to the larger San Francisco and national community, these organizations spearhead push for a deeper understanding of the meaning of public service and how it relates to the common good through global law and ethics, criminal justice leadership, and child and family development, to name just a few. All programs and initiatives seek to enrich education throughout USF and the community, furthering scholarship and service.

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Geospatial Analysis Lab

The Geospatial Analysis Lab (GsAL) provides education and support for all geographic information science (GIS)-based learning at the University of San Francisco. Through the lab, students and faculty develop a comprehensive understanding of geographic technologies and techniques, including ArcGIS, Google Earth Engine, web mapping applications, and remote sensing. The laboratory maintains 25 dedicated computers loaded with leading industry software, including ESRI (ArcGIS), PCI, DEFINIENS, and Trimble. The GSAL also provides GIS consultations and project management for students, staff, faculty, and external parties pursuing independent projects

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Nursing Clinical Skills Lab and Simulation Center

Groundbreaking research underway at USF’s nursing simulation lab could transform how nursing is taught at universities across the country and improve nurses’ on-the-job performance. The Simulation Center gives students the opportunity to use a hands-on approach to patient care and treatment within a sophisticated, simulated clinical environment. At the center, nursing students interact with state-of-the-art mannequins that simulate symptoms and conditions specific to real-life patients and scenarios.

Learn more about the lab and simulation center