- 3Researchers show group exercise may be even better for you than solo workouts
We’re changing the world
- Light-activated chemotherapy treatments that spare healthy tissue for better patient outcomes.
- Effective communication strategies that help individuals overcome resistance to colonoscopies for earlier detection of colorectal diseases.
- Proof that speaking more than one language shields people in all cultures from the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Every day, scientists and scholars in Iowa State’s academically diverse College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) positively impact Iowa, the nation and the world with innovative research that pushes the boundaries of science, technology and the humanities. Whether it’s in one of our virtual reality or robotics labs or in a state-of-the-art classroom, our community of LAS researchers are forging new paths—both individually and collaboratively.
Research is a key component of experiential learning, so LAS encourages undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty to develop solutions to pressing global challenges. Our students are in the thick of research discoveries, like tracking superflares in space, measuring NBA basketball players’ participation in activism or improving vocal music education for children.
To address the grand challenges of our generation and enable new discoveries, many LAS researchers form collaborations across disciplines and continents. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory here on campus to esteemed institutions and private entities like Fermilab and Brookhaven National Lab, we leverage resources and add complementary expertise, all in the name of advancing research for the common good.
And while we are proud of our faculty members who have recently been elected to the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science or received the American Association for the Advancement of Science or received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious NSF CAREER award, the depth of our pride resides in the positive outcomes of student and faculty research that truly makes a difference in the world.
- Researchers validate CDC’s vaccine rollout recommendation
Researchers in the LAS departments of statistics and mathematics share their compelling findings in a newly published paper on PLOS ONE.
- Why nitrous oxide emissions should factor into climate change mitigation
Steven Hall publishes soil study research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Rutenberg to deliver LAS Distinguished Dean’s Lecture
Rutenberg will discuss the current push for women to register in the context of the different meanings Americans have attributed to military service and the draft over time.
- Survey highlights pandemic’s effects on mental and physical health in rural Iowa
David Peters, a professor of sociology, led the survey which reached nearly 14,000 households in 73 Iowa communities.
Our research matters. Watch what we’re building.
Areas of research excellence
Research resources for students and faculty
- Undergraduate research information and opportunities
- Office of the Vice President for Research
- LAS grants and research opportunities
- U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory
- Iowa State research stories in The Conversation
- Iowa State research stories in Futurity