Research

Washington University is among the few institutions positioned to meet national and global imperatives in energy, environment, security, health and economic prosperity.

» Chancellor Mark Wrighton

The research endeavor at Washington University in St. Louis is among the world’s most productive and effective.

Research at Washington University thrives on a rich history of success, deep support from many sources, well-established collaborations with industry and academic colleagues and — most importantly — engaged faculty, students and staff who work across disciplines, departments and schools in the energetic pursuit of new and practical knowledge.

As Chancellor Mark Wrighton has said, Washington University is among the few institutions positioned to meet national and global imperatives in energy, environment, security, health and economic prosperity. The university takes its responsibility seriously. Through innovative research, the university is committed to the creation of the new knowledge necessary to achieve a bright and sustainable future.

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Research & Teaching
By integrating research and teaching, faculty members keep their subjects relevant and contemporary.

Research by School

Washington University faculty are distinguished for their research and creative activities. Twenty-three Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, nine doing the major part of their pioneering research here. Faculty are successful in winning support for their research from many sources, including the federal and state governments, corporations, foundations, nonprofit agencies, individuals and the university itself.

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Opportunities for Students

Washington University’s pursuit of new knowledge begins even before students enter college and continues at every level through post-doctoral training. Virtually all faculty members engage in important research activities, including scholarly and creative endeavors, that complement their strong commitment to teaching. These activities contribute to a mentoring environment in which undergraduate and graduate students may work alongside their professors on new discoveries and new understandings.

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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Research, or the process of creating new knowledge, is central to Washington University’s mission. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research exists to promote and support Washington University researchers as they seek funding sponsors, conduct world-class research, and share their research results through publication and commercialization for the use and benefit of the public.

Visit the OVCR website for administration, management and compliance information

Participation & Involvement

All scientific advances come about through research. Many opportunities are available for the Washington University community to participate in ongoing research in a variety of disciplines.

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