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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

This strategic plan will guide our decisions over the next five years. It is a living document that underscores our commitments to:

  • Building a diverse population of leaders and innovators.
  • Providing access to high-impact educational and research experiences that inspire intellectual engagement, academic achievement and personal transformation for all students and faculty.
  • Advancing and sharing the biological, mathematical and physical sciences through fundamental research and outreach.
  • Making discoveries to improve the quality of life for everything and everyone on the planet.
  • Deepening the public’s appreciation and understanding of the societal value of science.
  • Engaging with people to communicate scientific knowledge and learn about societal needs.
 

As scientists, we are driven to understand how the world works. 

In the College of Science, we leverage key areas of collaboration at the intersection of the biological, mathematical, physical and data sciences to educate new scientists, to make discoveries and to innovate. 

Our expertise in environmental sciences encompasses all types of biology from the microscopic molecular foundations of living systems to global-scale effects of climate change. We have strong programs ranging from marine ecology and biodiversity to microbiome research and development of analytical methodologies to address large-scale problems. By applying mathematical and statistical approaches to uncertainty quantification, we help augment studies of environmental systems. 

Our materials science program integrates the synthesis of new benign molecules and solids from earth-abundant elements with studies of their properties. Faculty incorporate advanced computational and data science methodologies to create targeted materials that function by design. 

Together, our work in environmental, materials and data sciences leverages fundamental discoveries that improve resource management and create technology solutions for clean energy and a smart, sustainable planet.

With a focus on understanding the fundamental molecular-level mechanisms underlying life, our biohealth sciences programs explore how vitamins inhibit disease, the relationships between biomolecular structure and function, and new routes to target-based drug discovery. Researchers develop and integrate new mathematical, statistical and computational methods to organize and understand the large volumes of information derived from studying complex biomolecules and health records. Ultimately, our findings are translated for medicine and the public to improve health. 

Our broad science education research improves understanding of the learning process. Students benefit from techniques that enhance critical thinking and communication and that support core scientific reasoning and practice. Hands-on training in a professional work environment maximizes the skills students learn in the classroom. 

Collectively, our OneScience community is well positioned to innovate and transform the world through science. 

Our people are what make us great—and diversity is what will make our College extraordinary. 

A culture that is rich in diversity and harmony and takes pride in excellence gives us a competitive advantage. We can generate new, better ideas and innovate more effectively. We rely on people with different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to make the scientific discoveries that will advance innovation and make the world a better place. Diversity is part of the foundation that enriches our success, making the College the destination for excellence in science.