Research

The Power of New Knowledge.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses foundational disciplines across the humanities and natural, physical, and social sciences at UConn, leading to new collaborative paths of inquiry. The result is new knowledge that impacts Connecticut and the world, and that provides research opportunities accessible to students at all levels.

 

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Academic Themes

As the liberal arts and sciences college at a land-grant, flagship state Research I university, the CLAS mission involves advancing top-quality, novel, interdisciplinary research. Our work is firmly rooted in core disciplines represented across our departments. These disciplines not only serve as the foundations for basic inquiry, but also as pillars supporting interdisciplinary scholarship.

The following areas were identified in the CLAS Strategic Plan as foci for research growth. They guide priorities for investment at the College level and serve as inspirations for our community's research. In many instances, impactful scholarship cuts across these themes.

The Earth and Its Future

Work in this area involves organisms and ecosystems, biodiversity, natural resources, and the social and humanistic elements of our world, such as human-environment interactions, environmental movements, environmental justice, climate change, and sustainability.

Sustainable Systems, Global Resources, and World Cultures

World cultures and how they interact are at the crux of this research theme, including globalization, transnationalism, diasporas, non-Western cultures and philosophies, and critical area studies. Also included are studies in how to use the Earth’s resources in a sustainable and socially responsible manner and integrating Indigenous knowledge systems into natural resource planning.

Big Data: Science, Policy, and Ethics

Scholarship in big data crosses disciplines from the sciences to the humanities, using data science tools such as modeling, meta-analyses, and high-performance computing. Examples of our research in this area include statistical methods development, artificial intelligence, digital humanities, data ethics, climate change, astrophysics, and risk assessment.

Inequalities, Social Justice, Truth, and Belief

Studies in this area impact all aspects of society, and include antiracism research, gender and sexuality studies, critical ethnic studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, social movements, and activism. This work connects philosophy, history, literature, and culture with modern life, and engages questions surrounding logic and truth, civic and scientific literacy, media and communication, public discourse, and free speech.

Health, Disease, and Well-Being

Questions about human health and its stressors make up this research theme, which includes health disparities, disability studies, aging and gerontology, and a range of topics related to mental health. Research across the College is conducted at levels from molecules and cells to organisms, societies, and ecosystems.

Brain, Mind, Language, and Logic

Neuroscience and cognition are at the forefront of this research theme, which includes studying fundamental neural mechanisms in model systems, language acquisition, writing and interpretation of language, learning and learning disabilities, speech and hearing, bi- and multi-lingual communication, perception, and philosophy of mind and reasoning.

Resources

For CLAS Researchers

University Resources

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
UConn is a member of the ACLS, which sponsors grants and fellowships, particularly in the humanities. For more information, please contact uchi@uconn.edu.

Center for Open Research Resources and Equipment (COR2E)
COR2E is a group of collectively-managed UConn core research facilities and portals that span the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. For more information, please contact courtney.wiley@uconn.edu.

Center for the Integration of Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
CIRTL seeks to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. For more information, please contact CETL@uconn.edu.

Folger Institute (Folger Shakespeare Library)
The University of Connecticut is a part of the consortium of member institutions, which allows faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to participate in their programs on early modern humanities. For more information, please contact brendan.kane@uconn.edu.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations.

Lincus
Lincus is a database of UConn researchers and topics they study. This internal resource is useful for finding other researchers connected to work you are interested in. For more information, please contact daniel.schwartz@uconn.edu.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
NCFDD offers programming, mentoring, tools, and support for faculty success. Faculty can access resources by activating an individual membership through UConn’s institutional membership.

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships
This office helps students apply for funding at the national level to perform research activities and travel. For more information, please contact onsf@uconn.edu.

Qualtrics
Qualtrics is a free survey research and polling platform for use by UConn employees. For more information, please contact natalka.tuczkewycz@uconn.edu.

UConn Archives and Special Collections
The UConn Archives and Special Collections houses manuscripts, rare books, illustrations, documents, and publications archives, with special emphases in the humanities and social sciences. For more information, please contact kristin.eshelman@uconn.edu.

UConn Library Research Guides
Research guides on subjects spanning the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. For more information, please contact the appropriate subject specialist.

University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI)
UCHI funds year-long internal fellowships, funding for colloquia, workshops, and reading groups, and sponsors numerous events and speaking series. For more information, please contact uchi@uconn.edu.

CLAS Resources

Business Center
The Business Center oversees the financial, administrative, and human resources in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, please contact bsc@uconn.edu.

Grant Management Services (GMS)
GMS provides hands-on assistance to faculty and staff as they apply for, secure, and track their grants and awards. For more information, please contact clasgrants@uconn.edu.

For Students and Prospective Students

Are you a current CLAS undergraduate who wants to work on research with a faculty member? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for assistance.

Are you a prospective graduate student interested in research opportunities in departments at UConn? Learn about our graduate programs on the Graduate School website.