Bringing new knowledge to the mind - and new minds to knowledge

The University of Colorado at Boulder is one of the premier public research universities in the nation and is committed to building upon this excellence. The scope of CU-Boulder research ranges from analyzing how the universe was formed to determining the causes of school violence, from defining the myth and reality of the American West to manufacturing microelectromechanical devices smaller than a speck of dust. This research, sometimes conducted with the help of industrial partners, often addresses important, real-world problems.

CU-Boulder fosters an environment that supports research endeavors particularly those involving interdisciplinary collaboration while upholding the highest standards in research integrity. The result of these efforts is visible in high research productivity, influential publications, active involvement of students, and proposal-driven, peer-reviewed federal research support.

CU-Boulder Research Highlights

  • $454 million in new sponsored research projects during fiscal year 2009-2010
  • About 90 research centers, institutes, and laboratories
  • One of 34 US public universities invited to join the Association of American Universities
  • 22 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 6 members of the National Academy of Education
  • 16 members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 120 U.S. Fulbright Student awardees since 1977-1978
  • 79 U.S. Fulbright Scholars since 1998-1999
  • 12 Packard Fellows
  • 7 MacArthur Fellows
  • 4 Nobel Laureates
  • 16 Guggenheim Fellows since 1998
  • 4 National Medal of Science awardees