The University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee was established in 1975 as a regional campus of the University of South Florida System and gained separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 2011. Currently, it serves more than 2000 students.
The USFSM campus is a 100,000-square-foot facility with 24 classrooms, a 190-seat lecture and exhibition hall, seminar and video-conferencing rooms, computer laboratories, student gathering places, faculty and staff offices, a technology and learning center, a library commons and dining facilities.
The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) at USF Sarasota-Manatee brings together an international network of educators and arts partners to engage in and share research, advocacy, professional development, curriculum innovations, and resource development to meaningfully integrate the arts into teaching and learning to support student success.
Based at USFSM’s campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, the center partners with several cultural organizations, including the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Venice Symphony, South Florida Museum and the Circus Arts Conservatory.
The Culinary Innovation Lab (CIL) at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located in Lakewood Ranch, is a state-of-the-art teaching facility that serves as a culinary home for the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. The lab provides a fully-equipped teaching center for students in the Hospitality Management program, as well as an inviting venue for signature USFSM events, both public and private.
A turn-key, hands-on facility, the CIL is a fully-equipped hub for sharing food and beverage industry knowledge and information connecting USFSM and the community in the art and science of food preparation and delivery. Cooking demonstrations, catering of signature university events and custom designed classes are offered. It is a laboratory for innovation and learning, including food sustainability and resource research.
Courses are taught by USFSM faculty and guest chefs from around the world, including the CHTL’s global exchange students from around the world, e.g. Taiwan, Germany, Brazil, France, Italy. Classes include: food production strategies; recipe execution; menu development; flavor profiling; wine tasting; event planning; sanitation strategies; the restaurant purchasing cycle; staff and employee management.
The M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation was established at the USF Sarasota-Manatee in October of 2013. The M3 Center enables rigorous academic research of significance to the global hospitality industry, while serving as a critical reporting outlet and resource for educational tools and innovation, conferences, training and forums for improving the connections between academia, industry and the society at large.
Research on the impact of technology on the hospitality and tourism industry, and recent innovations in the field is conducted. Some of the recent topics are relevant to electronic distribution channels (e.g., hotel flash sales), text mining of hotel online reviews, biometric technology, and payment security. Recently published articles about these projects may be found at: http://sar.usfsm.edu/m3center/research/
The USFSM Biology program collaborates with the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, allowing students to be immersed in ongoing research and community engagement in the marine sciences. Our students also have the opportunity to collaborate one-on-one with Mote scientists through an internship program.
The aquarium and research center have been home to USFSM’s biology and chemistry research labs since 2014. Research scientists from Mote teach various courses in the USFSM Biology program. These experiences prepare our students to be competitive graduate programs and professional schools, from biochemistry to veterinary medicine.
USFSM Social Sciences Research Lab
The Social Sciences Research lab supports student research using various research methods that align with the expertise of the social sciences faculty: qualitative in-depth interviewing (private interview space) and interview transcription, qualitative data analysis and content analysis, quantitative telephone and internet survey research and public opinion polling, and quantitative data analysis.
Soon, Department of Social Sciences (DSS) students will be able to utilize the lab for Honors thesis and directed study research. The lab space also enables DSS faculty to incorporate hands-on research experiences into their courses (e.g., research methods and applied statistics) and allow for space in which faculty can train students to conduct interviews and observe mock interviews.
The David Kotok and Cumberland Advisors Bloomberg Lab hosts 10 fixed and 2 mobile Bloomberg Terminals that allow students to access Bloomberg Professional Services. This is a powerful resource providing real-time data from markets around the world, in addition to news, research, and powerful analytics used by top decision-makers in finance, business, and government.
All USF Sarasota-Manatee students and students from other Cross College Alliance institutions are welcome to use the Bloomberg Lab for class work, for research, or just to learn about the Bloomberg system.
USFSM Psychology Labs
Located in the Viking Building adjacent to campus, the USFSM Psychology lab includes three sub-components: (1) Social Relations Lab; (2) Social Dynamics Lab; and (3) Psychology and Law Lab where USFSN scholars currently conduct research with the assistance of undergraduate students. The students work on their mentor’s projects or conduct independent research projects (e.g., honors theses and senior research projects).
The goals of these labs are to; (1) Train future researchers and provide them with the skills and experiences that make them strong applicants for graduate programs; (2) Provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct, present, and publish research; (3) Make significant contributions to psychological science in each researcher’s area/s of research focus, and (4) Build and enhance research programs of faculty in collaborations with student researchers.
USFSM Biology Research Lab A
Assigned to Dr. Bouchard, the Biology Research Lab A is dedicated to research on the neurobiology of cnidarians, and the identification of proteins expressed in the tentacles of the Portuguese Man-of-War, physalia, that presumably control the discharge of the stinging cells. Research assistants carry out studies on the ultrastructure of synaptic contacts between the stinging cells and the neurons and characterization of an antibody which will be used as a molecular tool to localize the glutamate receptor in the tentacles of physalia.
The lab is equipped with a tissue culture room, a Zeiss fluorescent microscope and an ultramicrotome to prepare ultrathin sections. The lab also collaborates with USF Tampa for the use of electron microscopes.
USFSM Biology Research Lab B
Operated by Dr. Aparna Telang, the lab consists of a 600 sq. ft. wet lab with fume hood, dedicated and generator backed-up electrical outlets, and ample bench space for equipment and use by the PI and student collaborators. The lab also houses water baths, Zeiss stereo- and compound microscopes with camera, micro-injection apparatus, PCR thermocycler, real-time QPCR machine, gel-documentation station, benchtop and micro-centrifuges, 96-well plate reader, refrigerator, and a -20oC freezer. A contained insectary had two growth chambers. An adjacent space houses an ice machine, -80oC freezer, and autoclave.
Two computers are currently being used for word processing, data analyses, web searches, sequence processing, and for operating software-driven equipment (plate reader and QPCR). The Biology program and College of Science & Mathematics provides all office supplies, telephones, fax and copy machines. Three administrative assistants help with faculty responsibilities and full-time computer technicians manage the computer assets/networks.
USFSM students can study, relax and socialize in the 6,900-square-foot, state-of-the-art commons area that features a student lounge with amenities such as a gaming area, television monitors, a coffee bar, study carrels, a pool table, foosball table and ping pong tables. Student Commons also features access to an adjacent café’ and a conference room for Student Government.
USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty and staff have access to the extensive holdings of the USF Library System, which include: over 1.3 million print books; over 52,000 e-journal subscriptions; over 443,000 e-books; and over 800 databases containing articles, media and other materials. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is also available; physical materials are delivered directly to the USFSM Information Commons Resource Desk for your convenience.
The Jane Bancroft Cook Library serves as a joint-use facility shared by New College and USFSM. The Cook Library is located at 5800 Bayshore Road, a 10-15 minute walk from the USFSM main building (click here for walking directions). It is open 7 days a week, except on major holidays.
Our students, staff and faculty are eligible to use the library resources available within the Florida State University System.
USF Scholar Commons
USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty have access to Scholar Commons the online repository to showcase the research of the USF academic community. Scholar Commons is a service of the USF Tampa Library. Members of the USF academic community are encouraged to contribute their completed scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility. Authors who submit their work can track interest in their research through the author dashboard or monthly email readership reports. Faculty can visit the Scholar Commons website for additional information.
USFSM Faculty Offices
All USFSM faculty have separate offices. Each faculty member is equipped with a computer, access to shared printers, office telephones and has access to clerical staff, facilities, services and support. Information technology services provided for all faculty and staff include backup nightly of all documents saved on shared directories.
USFSM Office of Research
Established in 2017, the USFSM Office of Research is positioned to support faculty in research throughout the life cycle of the grant. USFSM’s Office of Research provides oversight for all proposal preparation and grant support, including compliance with federal regulations, state statutes, and university policies, and financial administration of all funded grants. USFSM employs full-time grants support to aid faculty working on grant related activities. All grant accounts are strictly separate and auditable. All financial records are available for sponsor review at any time. The PIs receive training in research compliance. USF has state contracts with various vendors to obtain best possible pricing and the waiver of taxes and shipping and handling charges whenever possible.
USFSM Office of Student Success
The Office of Student Success coordinates and promotes university-wide efforts to enhance undergraduate and graduate student success. By recruiting and enrolling college-ready students, awarding financial aid and scholarships, and planning for timely degree completion for all students, the Student Success Team strives to create a positive teaching and learning environment designed to enrich all aspects of the student experience and ensure that every student who enters USF has the opportunity to succeed.
As part of the USF System, USF Sarasota Manatee faculty have access to the following resources at USF Tampa. Usage fees may apply.
This is not an exhaustive list. If there are laboratory or vivarium services needed for your project/study, please contact the USFSM Office of Research.
At USF, undergraduate research is broadly defined as a project that enables individual students or groups of students to pose or work from a defined research question, apply methods of inquiry to generate findings, and share the findings with others through presentation and publication. Engaging in undergraduate research is transformational and highly beneficial to students, faculty and the greater university community. Many studies show that students involved in undergraduate research achieve higher grades, have a deeper understanding of their chosen discipline and are more competitive for jobs, national awards and admission to graduate and professional school.
Advanced computer resources at the University of South Florida are administered by Research Computing (RC). RC hosts a cluster computer which currently consists of 400 nodes with approximately 6400 processors. The cluster is built on the condominium model. The most recent addition to the cluster is comprised of 128, dual 8-core 2.6GhZ Intel Sandy Bridge nodes with 32GB RAM and 20 of the nodes are also equipped with dual Kepler GPUs. The nodes utilize QDR infiniband for a computational interconnect. A 100TB Lustre file system is used to support high speed computations and researchers share a 100TB home file system, and a 360 TB archival storage system. USF RC supports113 scientific software packages.
The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence is a faculty-facing office in Student Success, housed in the Provost's Office, and reports to the Vice Provost for Student Success. ATLE provides support for the instructional mission of Student Success. ATLE supports faculty in their roles as teachers and mentors to students. This support includes providing consultations, training, and just-in-time aid both in person and delivered asynchronously through the web.