Although the college has many nationally and internationally renowned faculty driving outstanding research programs, there are areas where the college has truly rare research strengths. Below we present examples of the areas where Texas A&M would be among the top programs in the country:
The biological clocks group at Texas A&M was founded in the early 1990s. In 2001 they were awarded the first National Institutes of Health (NIH)-PO1 Program Project grant on campus, which subsequently was renewed through 2011. Texas A&M is the world-wide leader in circadian biology, and our researchers have perfected the use of the newest genetic techniques to analyze clocks in organisms from bacteria to mammals, opening new windows into diagnosis and treatment of chronobiological disorders associated with sleep and wakefulness and their possible causes.
An extraordinary number of faculty contribute to our strength in catalysis which cuts across traditional disciplinary lines involving physical, analytical, organic, and inorganic chemists. Catalytic activity, both biological and chemical, can enhance reaction rates in a variety of systems and hence has application to a vast array of global challenges.
The college has invested heavily in building an astronomy program at Texas A&M. These investments, coupled with the strength of our existing elementary particle physics theory group, lead us to consider cosmology as a developing rare strength.
The inorganic group in Chemistry is a comprehensive, discipline-spanning group who are each leaders in their respective disciplines. In addition, other faculty play important roles in our strength in materials and condensed matter science.
The College of Science has nationally and internationally unique capabilities in measurement and detection. We excel in the design and development of next-generation experimental tools. These developments are driven by advances in the underlying science and will be important to enable the study of many of both the university's and the world's grand challenges.
A measure of our great research strength is the fact that our faculty were leaders in five of the eight IUMRI's, namely:
These five IUMRI's contain funding for many multidisciplinary senior faculty, at least seven or eight of whom will have their administrative location in the College of Science.
The College of Science has expertise in modeling and interpretation of data and uncertainty throughout our departments. This represents an incredible strength, both in terms of theoretical developments and computational applications of these methods to scientific inquiry across the university. This expertise can be a vital component of any grand challenge initiative.
Mathematical Analysis including operator theory, dynamical systems, and complex variables, are areas of great utility across science and technology, particularly engineering and computer science.
The Chemistry department has long been a national leader in molecular engineering, the synthesis and analysis of novel molecules. Biology plays a related key role in the study of the design and the manipulation of the genetic code. Many of these new molecules and genes have unique physical, chemical, or biological properties and will be the basis of medical discoveries and advanced technologies.
The Cyclotron Institute represents a rare strength, both in terms of the facility and the faculty who strive to understand nuclei which constitute the core of matter. Research strength ranges from probing the quark gluon plasma to the heaviest elements. It is already recognized as a Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering focuses on studying atomic interference phenomena in radiation-matter interactions. Investigations include lasing without inversion, electromagnetically induced transparency, resonant enhancement of the index of refraction, and slow light.
The college is heavily involved at the state and national level in working to understand various factors influencing PreK-12 STEM education.