Student Researchers Discuss Disasters

Three USF undergraduates will present the results of their nine-week study on hurricanes and other disasters.


USF News Reports


TAMPA, Fla. (July 25, 2011) - Twelve students from USF and other institutions will be presenting the results of their summer research at the Hurricane Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium at 9 a.m., Thursday at the Patel Center for Global Solutions.


The topics of the talks range from "Media Constructions of the BP Oil Spill" to “Whose Responsibility is This? A study of Personal Responsibility and Natural Hazards in Hillsborough County, Florida.”


With funding from the National Science Foundation, USF has provided 12 students from across the nation with the opportunity to participate in a nine-week summer REU focused on the social aspects of hurricanes and other natural disasters. This year’s group includes three USF students and nine students from institutions such as Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Purdue University and Vassar College, and disaster-prone locations such as Oklahoma, Nebraska and Georgia. In addition to an interdisciplinary research experience, students have received a stipend, housing, travel costs as part of the program.


The research program began in 2006 under the leadership of USF Honors College Associate Dean Naomi Yavneh and each year brings together faculty from social work, geography, mental health and aging, family studies, public health, communication and sociology. NSF has renewed USF’s funding for this program for a total of three more years.


The next deadline for applications will be in February 2012. Interested students should notify USF’s Office of Undergraduate Research at


Guests are welcome to attend the symposium and are asked to RSVP to Alyssa Cobb at