USF launches first mission to map vulnerable coastal areas in Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico using remotely operated 'uncrewed' vessel
University of South Florida marine scientists launched their first field mission in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to test a new approach to mapping shallow coastal areas.

They are using a suite of technologies to generate high-resolution maps of these coastal areas: acoustic sensors mounted on an 'uncrewed' surface vessel that is remotely operated, laser-based sensors mounted on an airplane and satellite-derived imagery. Mapping products from this approach will be used to improve storm surge modeling and prediction, maritime safety, fisheries management and more. READ MORE
SAILebration begins new graduation tradition for St. Petersburg campus students
As part of a new campus tradition, Fall 2021 graduates had the opportunity to celebrate earning their degrees by hopping aboard a sunset cruise for dinner, dancing and remembrances.

For more than three hours on December 8, students soaked in the picturesque views of Tampa Bay on a StarShip yacht as it sailed from downtown St. Petersburg to the Skyway Bridge and back. Throughout that time, students celebrated their achievements with friends, faculty and USF leadership. READ MORE
Board of Trustees approves funding for a new pool on campus
After eight decades of use, the pool outside of H. William Heller Hall will be replaced by a new pool closer to the center of campus.

On December 7, the Board of Trustees approved the use of $2.1 million for a new 4,600-square-foot pool with a separate, enclosed pumphouse as well as new indoor classroom and office space. The new facility will be built behind the Pelican Apartment’s residence hall between 2nd Street S. and Dali Boulevard S. READ MORE
USF confers more than 4,500 degrees during commencement ceremonies
The University of South Florida awarded more than 4,500 degrees during fall commencement on Dec. 10-11. The ceremonies included recipients of approximately 3,433 undergraduate, 1,099 master’s and 181 doctoral degrees.

The group featured 41 undergraduate students earning a perfect 4.0 GPA, 196 student veterans and includes graduates from 41 states and 81 nations. READ MORE
USF Brewing Arts program joins forces with Yuengling to enhance diversity in the brewing industry
The University of South Florida, in partnership with D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery, has created a $5,000 Diversity in Brewing Scholarship. The financial award will be given to an individual from a traditionally underrepresented population and cover the cost of tuition to USF’s St. Petersburg campus Brewing Arts Certificate program for the spring semester. READ MORE and WATCH NEW VIDEO on program.
Student who helped new arrivals transition to campus life graduates
For three years, Sara Henk was a welcoming presence for newcomers to USF’s St. Petersburg campus. As an orientation leader, she helped acclimate first-year and transfer students into the academic and community life of campus.

After four years of classes, friendships, activities and being a valued student leader, she will be one of 418 students on the St. Petersburg campus graduating this fall. READ MORE