UT provides students an opportunity to delve into research projects they are passionate about, and to share their results with others. Students develop important analytical skills and learn to collaborate with other students and faculty — skills that will give them a competitive edge for jobs and graduate school admission. Many academic departments offer both credit and non-credit research opportunities as well as outstanding facilities for research on campus, in the local community and around the world.
Many faculty members are engaged in active research, often sponsored by outside grants. In 2009-2010, the College of Natural and Health Sciences
faculty received $600,000 in outside grant money for various research projects. Students often assist faculty with their research, sometimes receiving fellowships and grants to help cover their expenses as well. For example, each year Honors students compete for eight University sponsored $1,000 fellowships to do research on a specific project with a faculty member and approximately 75 students receive academic credit for research-oriented Honors Enrichment Tutorials (students must be full-time to be eligible). Approximately 1,100 UT students register for independent studies with faculty each year.
It is not unusual for students to co-author and present papers with faculty at regional and national conferences. The Biology Department faculty
has more than a 30-year history of sending students to professional scientific meetings
to present the results of research projects
. Since 1980, 100 biology students have presented at international, national and regional meetings. Over 30 have won awards.
Capstone courses in many majors require students to do a research project and present to peers or outside audiences. All business undergraduate seniors take Management 431, Practical Strategic Assessment, offered in conjunction with UT’s Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy
. Student teams perform comprehensive consultations for businesses across Tampa Bay. After researching each organization, they present a thorough assessment of the organization’s strategic position with recommendations for improvement. Graduate MBA
students take a similar capstone course (Management 615, Applied Strategic Analysis) where faculty-guided research projects involve students in a variety of community organizations and businesses.