Research Initiatives

CU-Boulder's Flagship 2030 strategic plan has inspired the development of five research initiatives that draw upon the knowledge and skills of people in multiple fields to address critical needs of society:

Other Key Initiatives

Beyond the five strategic initiatives described above, CU-Boulder's schools and colleges also have launched a number of key initiatives that are both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary. These strategies address societal needs at the state, national and global levels in areas such as materials, health care, security, communications, energy, natural resources, and education. Examples include:

  • An international education program has been initiated by the College of Music, with study abroad cooperative arrangements with the Renmin University in Beijing and the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia.
  • Under a general heading of "Engineering for Global Society," the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has launched key initiatives in material sciences and engineering, bioengineering and biotechnology, aerospace systems science and engineering, computational science and engineering, energy systems and environmental sustainability, and engineering education research and assessment.
  • The anthropology department has a focus on local and global dynamics in human development.
  • The communications department is working toward the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance with a focus on communication to reduce conflict and enhance sustainability.
  • The department of speech, language and hearing sciences is collaborating with the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado school districts, and other universities to address the immediate and critical need for well-trained speech-language pathologists to help people who face communication challenges.
  • The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has established the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture which is examining the nature and evolution of religion in the media age.
  • The Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) brings together more than 50 faculty members from a wide variety of departments and programs in the humanities and social sciences to explore medieval and early modern culture across the globe from 400 - 1800. Tel: 303-492-0520. 
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