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Nevada has been at the frontier of research for more than a century. The science of snow surveying was pioneered by Nevada classics professor James Church in the early 20th century. Today, Nevada researchers excel on an international level in fields as varied as renewable energy, earthquake engineering and environmental literature.
Nevada seeks to involve undergraduate students in meaningful, hands-on research. This includes active mentoring relationships between faculty and undergraduate students.
Nevada has more than 60 research centers and facilities, and dozens of state-of-the-art laboratories. The university’s research enterprise includes the Nevada Terawatt Facility, which houses the most powerful laser on a college campus, one of the most sophisticated large-scale structures laboratories in the country where pioneering earthquake engineering is accomplished, and the most prestigious journal for literature and the environment in the world, ISLE, an Oxford University Press publication which is edited and produced by Nevada faculty members.
Although Nevada is a large research institution, the research enterprise has been described as one that is more like a private university — state-of-the-art labs, research facilities, and meaningful and personalized relationships between students and faculty. Those close relationships routinely produce amazing stories.