University of San Diego Celebrates Research Week

A giant origami firework to help K-12 students learn mathematics, sleep, memory and other neuroscience research, and presentations of undergraduate research are just a few of the highlights for Research Week 2016 at the University of San Diego from April 11 to 15.

This ambitious showcase of research-centric events includes laboratory tours, open houses, the Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference and much more.

“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.

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.

Highlights of Research Week 2016 include:

Monday, April 11
Kickoff Event and Reception
From 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre, President Harris and Provost Andrew Allen will lead a panel discussion on external funding at the University of San Diego over the past year.

Tuesday, April 12
Behavioral Neuroscience Lab Tours
From noon to 1:00 p.m. in Serra Hall, there will be tours of the newly renovated neuroscience laboratories, featuring research on sleep learning, memory and other brain-based topics.

From noon to 2:00 p.m. on Colachis Plaza in the middle of campus, students and community teachers will collaborate to teach origami to K-12 students and build a giant origami firework.
Click here to see a video on this innovative project.

Thursday, April 14
Creative Collaborations Research Conference
From noon to 2:15 in the University Center, students will demonstrate faculty-student research, scholarship and creative works including posters on an App to prevent food waste, a prosthetic arm made by a 3D printer, and research on how businesses can appeal to millennials.

Friday, April 15
STEM Visiting Professor Workshop
From 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Salomon Hall in Maher Hall, Pomona College Neuroscience Professor Nicole Weekes will outline best practices for recruitment and retention of women and ethnic minorities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Through the entire week, there will be exhibits in the University Center by the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action on fostering civic-minded leaders and on how the USD Veterans Center is addressing the unique needs of its military-connected population.

All events are free and open to the public. For a full list of Research Week events go to


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.