Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are nationally and internationally known in areas that include earthquake engineering, renewable energy and environmental science. University scientists are leaders in finding ways to save Lake Tahoe and protect the Great Basin ecosystem.
Pioneering approaches for pandemics
Professors of Microbiology Tom Kozel and David AuCoin are pioneering medical researchers with an entrepreneurial bent.
Working so globe isn’t left hot and dry
There is no denying that global climate change is making certain parts of the world a drier, warmer and less hospitable place to live. Biochemistry Professor John Cushman could have the answer.
Google Glass giving navigation to the blind
Computer Science and Engineering Professor Eelke Folmer is helping to bridge the gap between those with sight, those without sight and the promising edges of Google Glass technology.
Here are several research opportunities or programs available to undergraduate
and graduate students at the University:
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
We have a wonderful research program here at the University. The University is so supportive of its students when you get involved in research, even if you’re only an undergraduate. A lot of other universities kind of look down at you regarding research: ‘You’re an undergraduate. You don’t really know what you’re doing. But here at the University, they’ve always been so supportive of the work the undergraduates are doing in research.
I enjoyed the lecture environment (of chemistry classes), but research is something completely different. You really do have a tendency to run into unexpected problems in a research lab … it’s exciting when you experience both the successes and the failures that come along with research. I’ve learned through my undergraduate research experience at the University that it’s important to inspire and mentor other young scientists just because I’ve had so many good experiences with my professors.
The issue is a big part of who I am. I really wanted to see how the United States fares in terms of same sex couple rights and gay rights and across the globe. I used the methods of scientific inquiry to study the topic. It really stretched and broadened my abilities. I’ve learned so much about research and how to seriously approach an important subject. My faculty mentor (political science professor Derek Kauneckis) was so great at pushing me, to go beyond my own comforts and my own standards of what I think is great. I’m eternally grateful to him.
I didn’t want to be inside an office all day, and this allows me to work outside to collect information on what is harming Lake Tahoe and to analyze information in the laboratory to determine how the biology of the bottom of the lake is changing. I want to help bring more research to the lab and spread the word about the University. I have gained so much experience. I’ve learned so much through my experience with research at the University.