Research & Innovation

The University ranks among the top 150

national universities in research and development.

Nationally Known Research

Over the past decade, the research enterprise at the University of Nevada, Reno has grown substantially. The University has tripled its sponsored research grants and contracts total during this time, exceeding more than $150 million.


Office of Research & Innovation

Research Profiles

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.

Research Projects

The University’s research isn’t all abstract and theoretical. Often research projects seek to make a tangible impact in the lives of people around the world.

Professors of Microbiology Tom Kozel and David AuCoin

Pioneering approaches for pandemics

Professors of Microbiology Tom Kozel and David AuCoin are pioneering medical researchers with an entrepreneurial bent.

Biochemistry Professor John Cushman

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.

Computer Science and Engineering Professor Eelke Folmer

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.

Research Infrastructure

Doing world-class research requires impressive facilities. The University has more than 60 research centers and facilities, and dozens of state-of-the-art laboratories.

  • Microbiology Lab
  • Electical Engineering Lab
  • Nevada Terrawatt Facility
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Computer Engineering Lab
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Biochem Lab

Student Research Opportunities

Great research takes skills from all across the campus, in all different areas. We have a huge upside in research at the University of Nevada, Reno, because of this fact. I’ve talked with everybody from software developers to the heads of large pharmaceutical companies to gaming and mining companies, and they all say that our graduates are well prepared and ready to contribute immediately because of the fact that so many of them have exposed to research during their academic careers at the University. We have the faculty, and the resources, to help make this happen on an even greater scale.
Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science
Undergraduate Research

Research Testimonials

Nicole Joslyn
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.
Anna Koster
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.
Chelsea Lee
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.
Brittany Beebe
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.

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