The faculty and medical scholars at the University of South Alabama have created an
environment that supports curiosity and discovery. USA researchers are problem-solvers
and pioneers in developing new technologies and promoting bold ideas, and faculty
often collaborate across disciplines to address issues and uncover new fields of inquiry.
The outcomes are high-quality research and scholarship, new information and opportunities,
the transformation of traditional disciplines, new global partnerships, and innovations
that benefit society.
Faculty and Student Research
USA is strategically located in an international manufacturing hub, providing unprecedented
opportunities for researchers and students to create new knowledge and
The University’s coastal location is a catalyst for innovations in marine science,
coastal weather forecasting, coastal resiliency, environmental toxicology and biology,
and coastal engineering. USA researchers
also are creating new nanomaterials, attracting
the interest of Mobile’s burgeoning aerospace industry. Faculty and students in the
College of Medicine and Mitchell Cancer Institute are developing new disease bio-markers
and drugs, and discovering new treatment options. The Undergraduate Research Program
is designed for rising junior and senior students to explore new fields of discovery.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The USA Technology & Research Park is a major economic initiative of the University
of South Alabama. The park broadens educational experiences for students, generates
new research opportunities for faculty, and offers growth prospects for industry.
It contains the USA Coastal Innovation Hub, a research-based business incubator that
is part of the growing innovation ecosystem in the Gulf Coast region. In 2017, USA’s
School of Computing and Office of Research and Economic Development received three
prestigious National Science Foundation awards for escalating the development, application
and commercialization of new technologies.
Businesses and government organizations provide a fertile ground for research collaborations. The National Science Foundation recently awarded USA more than $750,000 to partner with industry for research in digital forensics to counter the hacking of personal and sensitive data and information. USA’s business and industry partners for research and internships include:
|Alabama Power||Hargrove Engineers + Constructors|
|American Cancer Society||Health Resources and Services Administration|
|American Heart Association||Ingalls Shipbuilding|
|Austal USA||Pilot Catastrophe Services|
|BASF||National Institutes of Health|
|British Petroleum||U.S. Department of Commerce|
|Chevron||U.S. Department of Defense|
|Continental Motors||U.S. Department of Education|
|Dauphin Island Sea Lab||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|