Faculty Research and Scholarship

USD is proud of the extraordinary academic work of our community of faculty scholars who engage in interdisciplinary research that focuses on real world problems. Their research generates the knowledge and understanding needed for a better society, and it strengthens our teaching mission by enriching our students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom.

The Office of Sponsored Programs assists faculty with securing external grants. Each academic department is supported by a grant manager who collaborates with a potential project director from the conceptual project development, identifying funding sources, writing and submitting a proposal, developing the budget, negotiating an award, implementing and managing an awarded project, monitoring for USD and sponsor compliance, and overseeing the official close of a project. In addition, USD provides faculty with research support through numerous Internal Funding sources including Sabbatical and Faculty Research Grants.

Faculty Resources

The ABCs of New DNA

Tammy Dwyer


The English alphabet has 26 letters, but until recently the genetic alphabet had four- adenin (A), guanin (G), cytosine (C) and thymine (T).

However, Tammy Dwyer, USD professor of chemistry and biochemistry, recently participated in research discovering that... Read more.

Graves Award

Amanda Petersen

  Assistant Professor of Spanish, Amanda Petersen, PhD, has received received the prestigious Graves Award in the Humanities. Petersen will use the award to expand upon her research, which examines gender, violence and the ghostly voices of contemporary Mexican literature... Read more.