Through five departments and many interdisciplinary centers and institutes, the College of Science advances discovery and solves real-world problems while producing the next generation of scientific leaders and providing technical innovation and service to the world.
DOORWAYS TO DISCOVERY
Texas A&M faculty and students are driven by the spirit of discovery and committed to pushing back the boundaries of knowledge. Research conducted at Texas A&M represents an annual investment of more than $705 million, ranking the university among the National Science Foundation's Top 30 Academic Research Performers.1 The College of Science alone is responsible for nearly $60 million2 of that research, including $6.3 million in indirect cost return2 that is reinvested in new and continuing projects.
Departments of Distinction
In Calendar Year 2011, the College's total research funding amounted to nearly $60 million.2 Our departments are leaders in generating funding and proven results that enhance our international reputation for excellence.
- Biology holds a $5 million National Institutes of Health grant for biological clocks research, an area where we are world renowned.
- Chemistry is ranked 8th among public graduate programs and T-19th overall (inorganic 6th overall) in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report
- Two-thirds of Mathematics faculty have National Science Foundation grants, fueling our rise to 13th nationally among public university departments in research funding
- Physics and Astronomy is a partner in the $700 million Giant Magellan Telescope.
- Statistics is T-12th overall and 3rd among public graduate programs (2010 U.S. News & World Report).
The College of Science boasts two of A&M's three Nobel laureates, four National Academy of Sciences members, half of A&M's distinguished professors, 5 of 6 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and its only Searle Scholars. Many faculty are CAREER, NYI, and Sloan awardees.
The college features vast opportunities and resources to help faculty and students excel in their academic and research efforts. The college and its departments are home to 14 centers and institutes as well as many specialized laboratories and active research groups dedicated to conducting and promoting targeted, interdisciplinary research and teaching.
Unique Undergraduate Opportunity
Our undergraduates are exposed to challenging research opportunities designed to enhance their academic experiences and better prepare them for advanced studies or careers in science. As seniors, many are mentored by faculty researchers as Undergraduate Research Fellows or Research Scholars—paid positions with some projects. Three departments also offer paid summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs funded by the National Science Foundation.
1 2013. Division of Research, Texas A&M University.
2 2011. "College of Science Annual Report," Office of the Dean, College of Science, Texas A&M University.