Labs and groups are the heart of INSTAAR, where research gets done and students become scientists. A quick tour of INSTAAR labs, packed with gear and instrumentation, will get rid of any lingering image of labs as gleaming spaces housing eggheads in lab coats. You are more likely to find a research assistant weaving tangled wires into a prototype, students tromping mud down the hall as they return from Niwot Ridge, or a researcher elbow-deep in the guts of a broken machine.

See how INSTAARs band together around common questions, set of methods, or interests.