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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 
new technologies. 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:

Airbus Georgia Pacific
Alabama Power Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
American Cancer Society Health Resources and Services Administration
American Heart Association Ingalls Shipbuilding
AM/NS Calvert NASA
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