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Connecting undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to conduct powerful research is a priority among Duquesne faculty members. Duquesne is among the top research institutions in Pittsburgh, contributing to and tapping the critical mass of knowledge shared among public and private universities and many willing corporate and community partners, from Fortune 500 corporations to neighborhood nonprofits.

The Duquesne difference in research is that each faculty member is expected to be a great teacher as well as an outstanding scholar. Because of this close connection with students, faculty are committed to guiding students through research that will impact the world around us, whether on campus in the high-tech Center for Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, in community-based research with neighbors in the Hill District and Hazelwood or as far away as Africa.

So research at Duquesne happens in all nine schools, including the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Business, as well as the sciences and health sciences, as you might expect. More than $6 million is captured annually in funding from many sources, including:

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • The National Science Foundation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Knight Foundation.

Well-established and well-recognized

  • One of only seven U.S. Catholic universities with high research activity
  • No. 16 among the nation’s top small doctoral research universities
  • The Bayer School’s doctoral program in chemistry is one of the top 100 in the U.S. and among the top 35 in diversity.

Student opportunities in areas from liberal arts to sciences—with deeper purpose Undergraduates, graduates and post-docs partner with faculty in hundreds of projects, such as:

  • Issues of resettling refugees
  • Studying political redistricting
  • Composing music
  • Determining young children’s coping strategies
  • Examining national energy security
  • Designing compounds that attack cancer tumors
  • Creating environmentally friendly businesses and people-friendly nursing initiatives
  • Developing diamond-like semi-conductors.

Duquesne’s mission of service is embedded in research that focuses on:

Of course, the University meets or exceeds research compliance requirements.