Research Week at USD 2020

Please join us for Research Week—a celebration of the many research activities at USD. This multi-faceted showcase will focus on the importance of research at the university, and will include various events, open houses and demonstrations.

王者荣耀芈月点点斿April 20 through April 24, 2020

University of San Diego

Student-Faculty Research, Scholarship, Creative Works

Research Week is free and open to the public, so please join us!

By teaching we learn. Through research we grow.

Monday, April 20

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, 200, Humanities Center
How I Became Interested in Humanities Research: A Keck Humanities Fellows Discussion Panel
Meet the 2019-20 Keck Humanities Fellows as they discuss their experience working on a yearlong independent research project. They will share their insights into the fellowship, engaging with scholarly interdisciplinary research, and working in collaboration with their faculty mentors. Following the panel discussion will be a Q&A session along with information about how to apply for the 2020-21 Keck Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship.


4 – 5:30 pm | La Gran Terraza Dining Room, University Center
Faculty Recognition Reception
Join the Vice President and Provost and the Office of Sponsored Programs for a wine and cheese reception honoring faculty members and staff who have submitted grant proposals. Attendees will also view poster presentations from the first cohort of initiatives funded by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives during AYs 18-19 & 19-20. This event is by invitation only. 

Tuesday, April 21

12:15 pm - 2:15 pm | Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room 102, Executive Classroom
CIA Info Session & Interactive Simulation
If you are interested in pursuing a career in the CIA, you will not want to miss this presentation! The West Coast Regional Recruiter will provide an overview of opportunities for careers and paid internships, and how to apply and interview for the CIA. After the session there will be an interactive simulation for those interested in participating.

During the event, students can sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the CIA representative for the following Friday - April 24th - to discuss their personal career path options within the CIA.

*This event is for University of San Diego students and alumni only* 

Career Readiness Program Approved:

  1. COMPASS: 1 point for info session, 1 point for interactive simulation
  2. CONNECT: 1 point for info session, 1 point for interactive simulation
  3. PASSPORT: 1 point for info session, 1 point for interactive simulation


12 - 2 pm | Hahn University Center, Forums A-C
Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference 
The University of San Diego and the Office of Undergraduate Research will host the 30th annual Undergraduate Research Conference, Creative Collaborations, where students from all disciplines present their research, scholarly and creative works. Creative Collaborations also showcases the commitment of our distinguished faculty in mentoring the next generation of research leaders, as well as USD’s long-standing dedication to academic excellence by providing students with experiential and engaged learning opportunities. CCURC is open to the public, but please help us in our planning by submitting an RSVP. If you have any questions, please email the Office of Undergraduate Research at



12 - 2 pm | Hahn University Center, Forums Foyer
Military and Veterans Program Table
The USD Military and Veterans Program is recognized as one of the best in the nation for the support provided to our military population. The program uses a student-focused approach to work with all military-connected students. A new addition for Envisioning 2024 is the Military-Connected Hub, a generator of resources for the military community.


12 - 2 pm | Hahn University Center, Forums Foyer
School of Law Legal Clinics Table
For more than 45 years, the USD Legal Clinics have provided vital legal services to low-income individuals in areas such as immigration, civil, special education and disability, veterans, tax, entrepreneurship, and workers' rights law.  Drop by to learn more about the wide range of free legal assistance offered to the community through USD's eleven client-focused clinics.  


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 318
Articulating the Value of Your Liberal Arts Education
In this hour workshop students will learn to connect their liberal arts education to the competencies employers/graduate schools seek. Students will practice articulating the value of their liberal arts education in both written professional documents and orally during interviews. This event is a core component of the Compass Career Readiness Programs and a 1 flexible point for the Passport and Connect Career Readiness Programs.


4 – 5:30 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center
Care for Our Common Home: Climate Change and Sustainability Across Disciplines
Join us for a month-long series of panel discussions and presentations focused on how we can take better care of our planet. Speakers from the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences reflect on environmental issues of immediate and long-term concern, explore interdisciplinary connections, model diverse approaches to the climate crisis and the urgent challenges it poses to our civilizations, especially the most vulnerable, and share ideas on how we can adapt to the changes in an increasingly turbulent world.
April 21 topic: Extinction 


4 – 5:30 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center
Extinction and Multispecies Justice Lecture and Discussion - Ursula K. Heise, PhD
As part of the Care for Our Common Home series, this talk explores the concept of multispecies justice from Dr. Heise’s book, Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (University of Chicago Press, 2016). In the face of a sixth mass extinction of humankind, Heise discusses how biodiversity and extinction are primarily cultural issues and only secondarily issues of science. The author is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in literary studies in the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.

Wednesday, April 22

10 am – 3 pm | Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice Showcase
Join an interactive poster session and panel addressing such topics as diversity, inequality, multiculturalism, inclusion, and historically underserved populations. We hope to create an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to discuss issues of diversity and social justice in the contexts of education, counseling and family therapy, and leadership.

10:30 am – 12 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center
Reflecting on Extinct Species through Cross Stitch - Wilnelia Recart González, PhD
In this workshop and interactive exhibition, learn about extinct species and the broader implications of extinction for the environment, humans and nonhuman species. Participants are introduced to cross stitch as a mindful practice and will start an extinct species cross stitch project to take home. This event is designed for guests to examine perspectives on extinction as stand-alone losses and consider a more holistic view. Dr. Recart González is diversity postdoctoral faculty in the Department of Biology at USD.

12 pm – 3 pm | French Parlor, Founders Hall
Join us for a celebration of Shakespeare's 455th birthday with a convivial afternoon of shared open reading, reciting, and/or singing of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets -- as well as favorite sonnets by other poets too. The Sonnetathon is free, and all members of the USD community and the public are welcome to join in, as participants or as audience members -- or both! Co-sponsored by the English Department, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Copley Library, the Department of Theatre, the Department of Music, the Humanities Center, the Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing, and Sigma Tau Delta.


4 – 5:30 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center
Film Screening + Artist Talk: Mimicry and The Monte Carlo Predator - Jeffrey Stuker, MFA
Stuker is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been shown internationally, from New York and Los Angeles to London, Paris and Berlin. He presents and discusses his short film Mimicry and The Monte Carlo Predator (2019), a close look at butterflies and mimicry as a survival strategy. This work, exhibited at Garden gallery in Los Angeles, has been described in Artforum as a “meditation on the fate of natural history in our current stage of technological reproduction.”


7 – 9 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Humanities Center
“From Molecules to Words: Primo Levi and Relations of Thinking between Chemistry and Literature.”
As a chemist and writer, Primo Levi suggests in concrete ways how molecules teach us about thinking and relationships. He intuits a potential for creative dialogue between literature and scientific research in certain practices and components of thinking — such as thinking with our hands (chiral thinking), detective methods and "making mistakes together.” We will explore these practices and components of thinking in Levi’s texts and in the experience of an experimental course – Primo Levi and Chemistry – as we build on Levi’s project of developing relations between literature and science. Event organized by the Italian Program (Languages, Cultures and Literatures) and the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities.  Bio: Stephanie Jed is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature and a scholar of early modern Italy. Author of Chaste Thinking: The Rape of Lucretia and the Birth of Humanism (1989) and Wings for Our Courage: Gender, Erudition and Republican Thought (2011). She is especially dedicated, in her current multidisciplinary research and teaching, to the social history of cognition and to our hands as they negotiate language, cognitive relations and movement.  

Thursday, April 23

12:30 pm -1:30 pm| Belanich Engineering Center Ideation Space
Engineering Showcase
Student-faculty research and collaborations featured in poster format.


12:30 - 1:30 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 209
FBI Info Session
Join FBI Recruiter Wendy Teasdale to learn about current job & and internship opportunities and their application process. At the FBI, we will challenge you to forge a career with other dedicated employees working for the same critical mission. We have a diverse culture of employees that make One FBI. Become a part of our family and experience a career like no other.

*This event is for University of San Diego students and alumni only*


Friday, April 24

3 - 4 pm | KSPS, Garden of the Sea
Undergraduate Research Mixer Reception
The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (OURMA) Mixer recognizes research mentors who bring respect and excellence to the practice of mentoring undergraduates in research and scholarly activities, and who have a long-standing commitment to the development of research scholars.

Saturday, April 25

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Location: BEC Ideation Space (Engineering Building)
Make and Play: Aruba & US Global Cardboard Challenge
Families in the U.S. will collaborate remotely with families on the island of Aruba on a super fun Global Cardboard Challenge inspired by Caine's Arcade. Caine was a 9 year-old boy who spent the summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto part store (). The Global cardboard challenge aims to foster creativity and collaboration with others. During this event, families will design and construct a cardboard game and exchange ideas and feedback with families in Aruba who will be creating at the same time. After the creation stage, the arcade will be opened for everyone to play and enjoy! To sign up go to: 
Spanish/Español: Familias en Estados Unidos colaborarán en forma remota con familias de la isla de Aruba en un súper divertido Desafío Global de Cartón inspirado por las maquinitas para jugar de Caine. Caine era un niño de 9 años que pasó el verano construyendo una galería de cartón compleja dentro de la tienda de autopartes usadas de su padre (). El desafío global del cartón tiene como objetivo fomentar la creatividad y la colaboración con los demás. Durante este evento, las familias diseñarán y construirán un juego de cartón e intercambiarán ideas y comentarios con las familias de Aruba que crearán al mismo tiempo. Después de la etapa de creación, ¡se abrirá la sala de juegos para que todos puedan disfrutar! Regístrense: .


University Galleries Exhibition Schedule

March 30, 2020 - May 15, 2020
12 – 5 pm, Monday - Friday | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center Chicano Park @ 50: Renewal and Self-Determination Through Poster Art

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Nov. 15, 2019 – May 8, 2020
12 – 5 pm, Monday - Friday 
Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 214, David W. May Gallery
There Is Hope If We Rise: Protest Posters from AIM to DAPL

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4 – 5:30 pm | Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center
Extinction and Multispecies Justice Lecture and Discussion - Ursula K. Heise, PhD

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