About DU Research
What is DU research?
Our faculty members bring in millions of dollars annually to conduct research for federal, state and local governments, as well as a variety of corporations and non-governmental organizations. This funding is spread through fields ranging from psychology, social work and the law, to engineering, biology and mathematics, ensuring both our faculty and our undergraduate and graduate student researchers have all the tools they need.
Our involvement ranges from promoting peace and understanding internationally to creating long-lasting bonds through art. We also engage in social entrepreneurship, providing funding and outreach programs that help identify and solve the problems of the homeless, minority groups and nations in need of aid.
A History of Solutions
Since 1864, our faculty have contributed to historic research across fields ranging from psychology to chemistry. When our country’s eyes turned to the stars, DU faculty developed the Gemini space shuttle program’s life support systems. As we grew to understand the impact pollution had on our planet, research Professor Donald Stedman blazed trails in our knowledge and measurement of automobile emissions. Today, students and faculty collaborate to find new ways to fight Alzheimer's Disease, safeguard our ecosystems and create a better world for all.
Bernard Chao, JD, is an associate professor, the director of the law school’s intellectual property certificate program and the co-director of its Empirical Justice Institute. Chao is helping advance new possibilities for litigation through his work with virtual juries. Using online venues, he's able to condense an entire trial into 30 minutes, after which he observes user reaction. His work could allow lawyers to significantly improve their understanding of jury decision-making.
Erica Chenoweth, PhD, associate dean for research at our Josef Korbel School of International Studies, researches political violence, civil resistance, and international security. A professor at our University since 2012, Chenoweth has delivered public lectures at TEDx Boulder and appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition. In 2014, International Studies Association recognized Chenoweth as the scholar under 40 who made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research.
Our Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Technology, Julie Sarama, PhD, studies how young children develop understanding and competency in math. The National Science Foundation funded five of her books, and projects with her involvement have generated over $30 million in funding. Professor Sarama currently chairs two large-scale studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education.