USF Magazine Summer 2012

Volume 54 | Number 2

High Impact

From the President

President Judy Genshaft

Photo by Mark Wemple

At USF's Spring Commencement we celebrated the achievements of more than 6,000 students and the completion of renovations to the USF Sun Dome. It was a time to reflect on accomplishments, and as you will read in this issue of USF Magazine, there have been many.

In April, USF joined an elite class of research universities, achieving top-50 ranking in the nation for research expenditures among all U.S. institutions, public or private. Our College of Nursing earned top ranking as well, breaking into the top 25 nursing schools in the nation receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health. And our students earned some of the most prestigious academic and research scholarships in the university's history.

At USF, our focus on research is stronger than ever. With a renewed commitment to undergraduate research, the Office for Undergraduate Research is working to ensure that students at all levels and across all disciplines are given the chance to do the kind of real-world research that is usually reserved for graduate students. You will read about three of those students in our "Young Researchers" feature.

Like our commitment to research, our focus on a sustainable environment is front and center. Last month USF earned national recognition as the "Most Innovative Climate Leader" in the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Don't miss our feature on the research, initiatives and strategies under way to ensure our position as a sustainability leader.

I hope you will enjoy reading this issue of USF Magazine and share my pride in the many outstanding accomplishments across this remarkable university.