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The LSU College of Science is committed to developing and maintaining world-class research programs.

 

Currently, the College has more than $32 million annually in external funding for research.  With such a well-funded community of faculty researchers and scholars, there is a wide spectrum of diverse, interdisciplinary research opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students, and these opportunities help to provide a deeper and more enriching academic experience.

 

College of Science faculty conduct biomedical and genomics research; investigate problems and solutions using mathematics, chemistry, computing, and technology; study the earth and the stars; plot the course for new products and manufacturing processes through materials sciences; and study the oceans and wildlife as explorers and conservators of the world around us.  Whether in the field or in the lab, student researchers are valuable team members who work alongside faculty researchers.

 

There are also a number of facilities, either on-campus or nearby that our faculty use in their research programs.  Such facilities include:

 

The Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical Literacy

The Cain Center provides leadership in interdisciplinary educational research and practices that support and enhance literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD)

CAMD is a 1.3 GeV synchrotron for materials characterization and microstructure fabrication.

 

Center for Computational Technology (CCT)

CCT provides high-performance computing resources for LSU, regional and international researchers.

 

Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)

LIGO is working to detect gravity waves, predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity.

 

LSU Medical Physics & Health Physics Partnership with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy collaborates with MBPCC in a joint educational and research program in Medical Physics.

 

Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC)

Pennington is involved in researching the connection between nutrition and health.