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Research: Creating a Better Tomorrow

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In the College of Science, we are problem-solvers and innovators. Together, in a research environment that harnesses connections across the life, physical and mathematical sciences, faculty and students are tackling some of tomorrow’s grand challenges today.

By using innovative interdisciplinary approaches while capitalizing on our strength in the core sciences, we are conducting research that is locally relevant and globally impactful.

College of Science faculty and students conduct biomedical and genomics research; investigate pure mathematics and theoretical physics; develop new materials and applications; strive to understand the fundamentals of life; and explore the cosmos, oceans, wildlife and landscape in order to advance knowledge about natural history, evolution and conservation.

Because we believe research is an integral part of education, the College of Science student experience includes diverse research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

The College of Science’s average research expenditures are approximately $17 million annually.


By the Numbers

➧ 690

Number of graduate students in the College of Science. During the 2021 academic year, 362 doctoral students, 326 master’s students and two non-degree-seeking students.

➧ 159

Tenured and tenure-track faculty as of fall 2021. In addition, 30 postdocs worked in College of Science programs.

➧ 1,642

Papers published by College of Science faculty during 2017–2020. In addition, faculty published 15 books and 66 conference proceedings during the same time frame.

➧ 32,613

Number of times papers authored by College of Science faculty were cited by other researchers during 2017–2020.

Five Pillars of Science Discovery

These strengths are aligned with Clemson University research clusters.


Genetics and Precision Medicine

Aligned with cyber-infrastructure and Big Data science; health innovation; and sustainable environments

Health Innovation

Aligned with advanced materials; cyber-infrastructutre and Big Data science; and health innovation.

Advanced Materials

Aligned with advanced materials; energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing; and health innovation.

Data Information and Science

Aligned with cyber-infrastructutre and Big Data science.

Astrophysical and Planetary Science

Aligned with cyber-infrastructutre and Big Data science; and sustainable environments.

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Why Research at Clemson

When you choose to pursue research at Clemson, you gain access to the resources of a Carnegie R1 research institution. Our active Extension and public service network, state-of-the-art innovation campuses and robust programs empower high-impact researchers to make a difference and improve lives.

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