Utah State is a Carnegie-recognized R1 institution and was named one of the best undergraduate research programs in the nation by the Council for Undergraduate Research in 2021. From sustainability and climate studies to agriculture and business, USU research changes lives around the world.
Faculty researchers at Utah State University are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise. USU is home to more than 50 research programs, centers, and facilities such as ASPIRE, the Utah Water Research Lab, and the Digital Folklore Project.
Each year, more than 1,000 students engage in undergraduate research with institutional support and over 500 share their research at USU events. As one of the country's top undergraduate research programs, USU is constantly evolving to improve inclusion and excellence of our award-winning student opportunities.
USU researchers are innovators with 51 newly disclosed inventions in 2020, 19 of them by faculty filing for the very first time. USU has received 80 patents in the last five years, continuing a long line of faculty innovations.
Research Near and Far
From environmental impacts to unlocking the mysteries of space, USU researchers are changing the world — and beyond.
As one of two flagship research universities in Utah, USU offers more than 130 master’s and doctoral degrees. Multiple graduate programs have ranked within top 100 — some even in the top 50 — programs in the United States, including Audiology, Aerospace, Biological Engineering, Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Utah State University nurtures innovation and embraces possibility. The university provides an unparalled environment with facilities, services and technology, as well as programs and expertise that stimulate and support the growth of research and technology-based enterprises.
Utah Water Research Lab engineers tested a new type of hydrodynamic turbine modeled after Archimedes’ screw.
Utah Water Research Laboratory
The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University has been a leader in water and environmental research for over 50 years. It is the oldest and one of the largest university-based water research facilities in the United States and is considered one of the most respected facilities of its kind.
The ASPIRE Center plays a critical role in transforming the nation's transportation and electric utility industries.
The ASPIRE Engineering Research Center focuses on developing new infrastructure that facilitates widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory has been a trusted partner for the government, solving technical challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry for more than 60 years.
Space Dynamics Lab
The Space Dynamics Laboratory works with the Department of Defense and industry in defending and protecting the nation as well as supporting NASA’s vision to “reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.”