USD Research Week: Showcase for Expanding Knowledge

Research, according to the University of San Diego’s Office of Undergraduate Research, is defined as “a systematic investigation designed to extend the knowledge of what is already known of the physical, biological or social world. Research consists of asking a question that has not been asked before, taking the necessary steps to discover the answer, and then presenting the knowledge acquired to a larger audience.”

Since the goal of research is to produce new knowledge and, ultimately, to present it, the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of the Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Research and Foundation Relations are ready to showcase it and host Research Week 2016 at USD, which runs from April 11-15.

“Research Week 2016 is an exciting opportunity for the USD community to demonstrate their research to expand global knowledge, highlight cutting-edge faculty-student collaboration and participate in peacemaking initiatives around the world,” said University of San Diego President James T. Harris, III.

Research Week is free to attend and is open to the public.

A full slate of events will take place, including science and engineering lab tours, individual school open houses, a liberal arts dialogue, a fun Mathigami activity with USD students, community teachers and K-12 students, and an interdisciplinary social justice capstone presentation.

The Hahn University Center (UC) will host weeklong exhibits, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action and the Veterans’ Center. Art exhibits, available to view all week from 12-5 p.m., are on display at the David W. May American Indian Gallery in Serra Hall, the Fine Arts Galleries in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and the Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries in Founders Hall.

The 26th annual Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference, showcasing student-faculty research, scholarship and creative works, is Thursday, April 14, 12-2:15 p.m., throughout the UC.

Distinguished Visiting Professor Nicole Weekes, PhD, professor of neuroscience at Claremont (Calif.) Pomona College, will conduct a lecture and workshop. Her April 14 lecture focuses on being an African American woman in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field. On April 15, Weekes, in conjunction with the AFFIRM program, will lead a workshop at Maher Hall’s Salomon Hall that outlines best practices for recruitment and retention of women and ethnic minorities in STEM fields.

An informative session hosted April 15 at Copley Library will introduce cutting-edge open access publishing options and open access repositories that can increase online visibility and citation rates for research.

In 2015, USD faculty and students were awarded more than $10 million in public and private research funds.

“We are committed to nurturing, facilitating and supporting members of the campus community in growing a research enterprise positioning USD to increase in standing among preeminent U.S. institutions,” said Traci Merrill, Director of Sponsored Programs.

For complete 2016 Research Week schedule information, visit

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Research
UMO Room 100N
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7840
Fax: (619) 849-8390