UAH is a research powerhouse:
UAH is considered a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report.
Barron's Profiles in American Colleges list UAH as very competitive, the only public university in Alabama to earn this designation.
In 2011, UAH's stature as a nationally prominent research university was confirmed by the Carnegie Foundation when that group rated the university as "very high" research activity institution. UAH is one of only 73 public universities to earn this designation.
Research expenditures in 2011 totaled $85 million and is expected to reach $93 million during 2012. In 2009, the university received its largest grant in history -- $78 million over five years. Research is conducted within the individual colleges or through 15 independent research centers, laboratories, and institutes.
These strengths in research translate to Research Assistantship and internship opportunities for students. More importantly, our faculty bring leading-edge research to the class room, providing our students with a unique and competitive advantage. Our students write peer-reviewed publications with faculty members and travel to national and international conferences to present their work.
Research is interdisciplinary and discipline-specific in nature. Students do research in biology and chemistry labs; work in computer labs and research centers; engage in field research locally, nationally, and internationally; design and work with advanced instruments; and conduct individual and group projects that prepare them for the future.
Some of the research thematic areas for our departments are listed below.
Severe Weather • Modeling/Data Assimilation • Satellite Remote Sensing and Climate • GIS and Remote Sensing
Genetics and Genomics • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry • Ecology • Microbiology • Biotechnology • Marine Biology
Biochemistry • Chemical Physics • Biophysics and Structural Biology • Polymers • Surface Chemistry • Natural Products
Cybersecurity • Modeling and Simulation • High-Performance Computing and Networking • Visualization and Graphics • Data Mining
Mathematical Modeling • Dynamical Systems • Differential Equations • Graph Theory • Stochastic Processes • Numerical Analysis
Astrophysics • Theoretical Physics • Optics • Engineering Physics • Biophysics • Applied Physics
Space Physics • Solar Physics • Computational Physics • Plasma Physics • Gamma-Ray Physics • Physics of the Interstellar Medium