Discovery and innovation
NAU is at the heart of discovery and innovation, and our students are at the forefront of the quest for new knowledge. Our legacy of leadership in research continues to set us apart while our aggressive focus and commitment to emerging technologies, world-class faculty, and interdisciplinary collaboration are moving us closer to our goal of being ranked among the top 200 research universities.
Reaching for the stars
Flagstaff was the world’s first designated International Dark Sky Place, but our city isn’t just a focal point for spying on the stars—our researchers are combining explorations of extreme environments on Earth to help identify signs of life on Mars.Groundbreaking planetary science
Harnessing emerging technologies
NAU is addressing the demands of today’s rapidly changing digital world by developing new, critical areas of strength in emerging technologies—from cybersecurity and software systems to network analysis and design and big data management.Research projects in cybertechnology
Understanding a changing environment
Northern Arizona is home to the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world. We’ve tapped into the abundant natural resources of the region to build exceptional programs and research initiatives in topics including forestry, ecology, sustainability, and climate science.Game-changing environmental science
Improving health through bioscience
NAU works to improve human health through diverse academic efforts targeted at biomedical, translational, and community research. One leader of these initiatives? Paul Keim, a renowned expert in infectious disease and bioterrorism research.Taking on infectious disease
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