SARASOTA, Fla. (December 3, 2014) – USF Sarasota-Manatee received a $50,000 grant from the Harry Sudakoff Foundation to support the construction of laboratory space on campus for independent faculty research in biology, biomedical sciences and social science disciplines. Construction is estimated to commence in spring 2015.
The Harry Sudakoff Faculty Research Laboratory will give researchers the space and resources needed to advance foundational science that will cultivate further innovation and discovery as well as contributing to higher quality teaching at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Faculty researchers become experts in the area of inquiry, transferring specific experiential knowledge to the student body.
USFSM’s growing science faculty and student body will be the first population served directly by the research labs. Guided by instructor-researchers, research-led learning actively engages students in their educational experiences, encouraging them to pursue new knowledge and to develop independent critical thinking. “The best way to help guarantee productive, successful research is to provide faculty with the necessary tools, scientific equipment and technology needed to foster and maintain the integrity of the investigative processes,” said Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “A community of inquiry is established around a research topic as teachers and students exchange ideas, questions and insights with others. Classroom discussions and assignments are richer and more insightful because students are actively engaged with faculty that has a seminal interest in the subject matter.”
The new laboratory space will also benefit the surrounding communities of USFSM, by providing a workforce that is trained in a research environment, and by fostering a research community that supports and attracts new and increasing levels of research activity within its boundaries.