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Students who participate in research:

  • Develop the skills employers, graduate programs and professional schools are looking for, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Improve their odds of getting a graduate school fellowship or admission to a professional school
  • Contribute to a variety of the planet’s most essential issues.

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The Spartan Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program provides a select group of first-year students an inquiry-based, hands-on head start to research at The University of Tampa. This selective cohort is introduced to research best practices through a zero-credit course (SURE 101) that meets weekly with the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry to interact with faculty and students, tour campus facilities and participate in activities that help them think through their research goals and begin their research journey at UT. SURE students are also invited to attend the annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference at no cost, where they will meet student researchers at one of the nation's largest multi-disciplinary research events.

By participating in the program, SURE students gain an inside track to the research opportunities available at UT. SURE students frequently earn research apprenticeships with professors in their majors at UT, and many go on to present and even publish their research in national venues. Overall, SURE students are able to clarify their career trajectory, build their resume, develop relationships with faculty and their peers and get early access to research opportunities that have the potential to continue throughout their time at the University.

Incoming student interested in SURE? Contact your admissions counselor. Students must be nominated by their counselor to apply, as this program is limited. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis during the preceding spring semester and will continue until all spaces are filled.