USF ST. PETERSBURG IS PINELLAS COUNTRY’S ONLY RESIDENTIAL RESEARCH-ACTIVE, PUBLIC UNIVERSITY
“Our faculty are making significant contributions to the academic body of knowledge – truly making a difference in the world,” said Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska.“Together, with our partners in the city, we will help make St. Petersburg one of the premier innovation centers in the country.”
What was a Greyhound bus warehouse is now a state-of-the-art, sustainable laboratory facility for chemistry and biology students.
Following their discovery of the world’s oldest African genome, Kathryn Arthur and her husband, fellow USFSP anthropologist, John Arthur, were invited to apply for Fellowship in the infamous Explorers Club.
Associate Professor Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore (right) is among the faculty teaching in USFSP’s Biology Program, which has grown to more than 800 students since its inception in 2012.
A proud member of the USF System, USFSP is a separately accredited institution offering more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in three colleges. For the last few years, USFSP has been ranked among the Top 25 of all Southern Regional Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report. Its Online MBA, which is taught by the same full-time faculty who teach in the classroom, is ranked by the magazine among the top 20 in the nation.
A focus on innovation is common to every USFSP program, from Entrepreneurship in the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, to new STEM courses in the College of Education, and a new Masters of Conservation Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. USFSP’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning fosters dialogue around advancements in teaching and shares best practices and state-of-the-art technologies to improve student learning in the classroom and online.
USFSP students have unique opportunities to work with research faculty who are top in their fields. Psychologist James McHale and his team at the Family Study Center are leading important work in the area of infant family mental health. This work is supported, in part, by a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Psychology Professor Mark Durand is one of the country’s leading authorities on autism spectrum disorder.
Biologist Heather Judkins continues her work as part of an $8 million research consortium funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. And Professor Donny Smoak recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue his work on climate change, focusing on the predictive health of Florida’s wetlands.
When USFSP’s anthropology team of Kathryn and John Arthur discovered an ancient skeleton in the highlands of Ethiopia, they couldn’t have known that their discovery would make national headlines, that their work would impact scientists all over the world. Yet, following two years of DNA sequencing, they learned that the skeleton contained the world’s first, complete ancient African genome.