The success and vitality of Boise State’s growing research programs are listed below. Here, you’ll find fact sheets that highlight the university’s research strengths – areas where we have acquired the critical mass of faculty expertise, grant funding, private and public partnerships and innovative projects to make substantive impacts.
The linked fact sheets provide a brief explanation and summary of each of our research strengths, and also feature a few of the many Boise State faculty and students who are pursuing research in these exciting and diverse areas.
The Division of Research and Economic Development at Boise State has identified five areas of research strength. They include:
Our research in these key areas is spurring the development of new technologies and products, the acquisition of new scientific knowledge to address a range of critical issues, and the formulation of studies that advance and protect the interests of the citizens of our state and nation.
In addition to our identified research strengths, our university has a number of emerging research strengths in areas such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, biomedicine, hydrology and raptor biology. As Boise State continues its progress as a metropolitan research university of distinction, we look forward to expanding our list of research strengths in the years ahead. Vice President for Research Mark Rudin
Why Identify Research Strengths?
Research strengths provide a strategic focus for promoting the university’s research programs with diverse groups, from state officials to the media to businesses to prospective students to other universities. In a time of diminishing resources for higher education, this approach also can help set the strategic direction for the university by identifying which research programs have the most potential for significant impact and success in the years ahead. Promoting a university’s research strengths provides opportunities to recognize the outstanding work of faculty and staff. By providing a “window into the university,” research strengths also can inform the public about the importance of research in general and the overall excellence of the university.