About the College


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From the laboratory to the field, researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences are targeting and developing new, creative and innovative solutions for the future. The College is well known for the breadth and quality of its research, particularly in the following areas:

  • Water: Studying both fresh surface and underground water systems, as well as coastal and ocean waters, and contamination
  • Health, behaviors, and healthcare: Understanding diseases and disease mechanisms, spread, prevention, and intervention of behavior problems, and health disparities
  • Energy: Focusing on energy sources and storage
  • Biodiversity: Understanding the importance of biodiversity and preserving biological heritage
  • Hazards, disasters, and environmental impact: Understanding natural resources management, hazards, disasters, and environmental impact
  • Materials: Studying materials for data storage, energy storage, and energy sensors
  • Big data analysis and computational science: Applying mathematical ideas and analysis to problems that arise from big data in the biology, chemistry, cybersecurity and cybercrime, and geosciences
  • High energy: High energy experimental physics
  • Digital humanities: Understanding how technology provides a new platform for the practice of scholarship
  • Southern studies: Understanding social, cultural, and economic history and change in the Southern region of the U.S.
  • Fine and performing arts: Understanding the visual art forms and expression in society
  • Cultural studies: Understanding the political, cultural, and historical context of everyday life
  • Global connections: Understanding international collaborations, education, and research to ensure the overall strength of the U.S. across disciplines throughout the world; faculty-to-faculty collaborations (China, Cuba, Ghana, Greece, Tanzania)
  • Communication and civic engagement: Understanding the role of individual and collective actions that address issues of public concern

Learn more about our Areas of Research Strength (PDF).

Centers & Institutes

The College supports research centers and groups in areas ranging from biodiversity to the humanities and social sciences. Many of these groups are interdisciplinary, bringing together faculty and students from across the College — and abroad — to work on exciting challenges.

Research Support



College Academy for Research and Creative Activity (CARSCA): CARSCA supports independent research or creative projects by faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences. All permanent College faculty are eligible for CARSCA funding.

Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy (UCRA): Students receive funding and partner with a full-time faculty sponsor on research or creative projects. UCRA funding is open to all full-time undergraduates who have declared A&S majors.


Each year the College offers grant-writing and publishing workshops for new faculty members.

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