Talented faculty and students at the University of North Texas are dedicated to conducting research that advances knowledge, creates possibilities and provides solutions for real-world challenges, as this issue of UNT Research demonstrates.
However, the pages of this magazine provide only a hint of the breadth and depth of scholarship and creative activity that occurs at our 120-year-old campus of more than 36,000 students.
I am proud that our research productivity has increased tremendously in the recent past with a more than 60 percent jump in the last two years in both expenditures and awards. But at UNT, we’re also investing in ourselves. Last year, President Bataille announced a $25 million initiative to support collaborative research. This year, the Office of Research and Economic Development expanded its competitive research grants for junior and senior faculty, offering several opportunities for support of research, creative and scholarly activities. We intend to continue supporting the development of our junior faculty while hiring more faculty members at all levels to expand our strongest areas of expertise.
In addition, each year my office recognizes faculty members for their accomplishments. Six annual awards honor: a faculty member whose research accomplishments or creative endeavors have been outstanding within his or her first 10 years; a mid-career faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research or creative productivity while also performing in an extraordinary manner as a teacher; a veteran faculty member who has made substantial contributions and achieved national or international recognition through research excellence and leadership; a faculty member whose research in the natural sciences, computational sciences or technology is outstanding; the faculty member whose work in the literary or creative arts has had the greatest societal impact; and the faculty member responsible for the highest total amount of newly awarded competitive research funding during the previous fiscal year.
With a solid legacy of broad-based research and high-quality academics, UNT is on track to become one of the nation’s great research universities.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
"Leading the pack" for innovative changes
National research status, new senior faculty
Top engineers, chemists, Fulbright specialists
New clusters, plant defense, Nature research
Experts in children’s issues, bioinformatics, interactive performing, mesoscale technology
Exploring tribal archives, corporate fraud, nanoscale circuits, international politics
Spanish language media, math, Arab art
Investing in research
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