RESEARCH
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Ignite Curiosity. Spark Discovery.

Whether exploring the use of molten salt as a coolant for nuclear reactors or studying food insecurity in urban areas, students of all disciplines engage in important research alongside faculty mentors who are experts in their fields. Their curiosity and collaboration produce creative solutions to some of our most complex problems, making the world a better place.

Whether exploring the use of molten salt as a coolant for nuclear reactors or studying food insecurity in urban areas, students of all disciplines engage in important research alongside faculty mentors who are experts in their fields. Their curiosity and collaboration produce creative solutions to some of our most complex problems, making the world a better place.

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Undergraduate Research

ACU is a university where scholarly activity and innovation are valued and encouraged. Allowing our students to participate in undergraduate research and other forms of scholarship engages their intellectual curiosity, challenges them to think critically, satisfies their thirst for discovery, and gives them an outlet for their creativity.

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Creativity and Innovation supports the participation of undergraduate students in scholarly research and creative projects through grant funding, hosting the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival, and other collaborative initiatives.

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Faculty Who Shine

At the heart of learning at ACU are dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields, passionately committed to students’ growth and success. Students of all disciplines engage in important research alongside their faculty mentors, often presenting with them at national conferences or sharing as co-authors of published research. ACU’s 270+ full-time faculty members focus on high-quality teaching, scholarship and service. More than 92 percent of tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees.

Become a Research Partner

We work with businesses and industry on a variety of research initiatives among all disciplines from the sciences to the humanities. Collaborators have included NASA Kennedy Space Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, FedEx, Raytheon, Avanzar Technologies, Rockwell Collins and many others. For more information on research opportunities and how you can partner with ACU, please contact Dr. Rusty Kruzelock, vice president for research.

 

Reaching New Heights with SERC

The new Science and Engineering Research Center (SERC) will be located on the south border of the main Abilene campus. The 28,000-square-foot center will include dedicated spaces to support research in chemistry, physics and many different disciplines of engineering. With the addition of the SERC to ACU’s Abilene campus, the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory (NEXT Lab) will have the facilities necessary to complete work funded by a $30.5 million sponsored research agreement with Natura Resources, a collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The project is slated to break ground in 2022.

 

 

NEXT LAB

NEXT Lab, which stands for Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory, is on a mission to provide global solutions to the world’s most critical needs – energy that is less expensive and safer, water that is pure and abundant, and medical isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer.

News

ACU hires first vice president for research

Abilene Christian University announced the hiring of Dr. Russell “Rusty” Kruzelock as its first vice president for research. He will begin work at ACU on Sept. 14. “ACU has a history of attracting and producing leaders in academic inquiry, and our past decade of remarkable growth in research has revealed the need for an experienced … Continued

NEH awards $300,000 to team led by ACU professor

An international team directed by Dr. Curt Niccum, associate director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts (CSART) at Abilene Christian University, has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities for a project to produce print and digital editions of Old Testament books in Ge’ez, the ancient … Continued

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NASA grant brings engineering intern’s project to ACU campus

Mitchell Schneller calls his summer internship at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida an “amazing opportunity.” Several other students call it amazing, too, because a grant from NASA to ACU’s Department of Engineering and Physics brought Schneller’s project to the Abilene campus. Now Schneller and fellow seniors Michael Ranger, Koby Rodgers and Cole Shannon are … Continued

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