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As UA’s largest division, the College of Arts and Sciences is a powerful engine for innovation. As we grow our faculty and attract leading scholars from across the globe, our research enterprise expands.

Research News


Scientific discoveries and creative breakthroughs happen every day at UA, and they make real differences in the lives of the people we serve. In the College of Arts and Sciences, scholars and researchers target the greatest challenges of our times, tear down creative and cultural barriers, and explore the most complex processes of the physical universe.

  • $25.7M

    Research grants awarded to A&S faculty in 2021

  • 1,030

    Works published by A&S faculty in 2021

  • 1,500+

    Undergraduate research participants

  • 58%

    Increase in research awards since 2015

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Galactic Discovery

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, UA astronomers discovered the first evidence for giant black holes in dwarf galaxies on a collision course, providing insight into our Milky Way’s past.

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Strengthening Community

The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention has awarded funding to community-based programs dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, including the UA Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.

doctoral student Delaney Peterson and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Corianne Tatariw at Tanglewood Biological Station

A Much-Needed Boost

Researchers in the Department of Biological Sciences are collecting data from wetlands to enhance ecosystem and climate models the federal government provides to the scientific community.

Award-Winning Faculty

Our faculty are at the forefront of continued discovery and innovation.

  • 18

    NSF Career Award Winners

  • 1

    National Humanities Center Fellow

  • 7

    Faculty Fulbright Scholars

  • 12

    National Endowment for the Humanities Award Winners


The College is committed to nurturing and supporting our researchers, scholars, and artists by providing opportunities for professional growth and development and rewarding excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity.
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