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Research and Outreach

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Carnegie I Research


The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution. The College of Science has an extensive research enterprise - our faculty generate more than $26 million in extramural research funding annually.

Visit departmental websites for comprehensive information about the variety of research done in the college.  In addition, the programs below have substantial external constituencies beyond the College and University.

Visit these websites to learn more about the exciting research they are engaged in.

Research Centers

Shared Facilities and Research Support

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Wide-Spread Outreach


The College of Science is engaged in our community through outreach programs serving K-12 along with citizens and business in Nevada.

W.M. Keck Museum

The W.M. Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. There is a special emphasis on early Nevada mining history with samples from famous mineral districts such as the Comstock Lode, Tonopah, and Goldfield.

Museum of Natural History

The Museusm of Natural History houses research and teaching collections of plants, local and tropical insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, including some of the oldest collections in Nevada, dating back as far as the 1850s.

Great Nevada ShakeOut

We need to be prepared for major earthquakes and practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.

MacLean Observatory

The MacLean Observatory will support education and research and provide teaching and viewing opportunities for students of the University, area community colleges, elementary schools and the general public. Learn more about the MacLean Observatory

Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) is a research and public service unit of the
University of Nevada.  NBMG scientists conduct research and publish reports on mineral resources, engineering geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, and geologic mapping.

Nevada Seismological Laboratory

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory has overall responsibility for instrumental studies of earthquakes in the Nevada region. The laboratory operates a statewide network of seismographic stations and investigates the sizes, frequencies of occurrence, and distribution of earthquakes in the region.

Nevada Climate Office

The Nevada State Climate Office serves the people of Nevada by maintaining descriptions of, reporting on, and providing access to information on the climate in the state, including atmospheric conditions and levels of precipitation.

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