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 government, industry and community partners across Iowa and the world, we build teams to drive research for the common good.
But we don’t stop there. LAS recently created a new interdisciplinary science communication certificate that equips our students with the knowledge, reasoning and ethics to effectively communicate scientific research advances while also addressing public controversy and misinformation.
We are proud of our faculty members who have been elected to the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science and earned the National Science Foundation’s prestigious NSF CAREER award. However, the depth of our pride resides in the research conducted by our LAS students and faculty, which truly makes a difference in the world.
- New model could improve matches between students and schools
Assistant Professor of Economics Bertan Turhan publishes study in Games and Economic Behavior.
- Researchers reveal the origin story for carbon-12
Professor James Vary and Research Professor Pieter Maris contributed to these exciting discoveries that were recently published in Nature Communications.
- Political scientist sheds light on Russia’s war with Ukraine
A 2021 study by Scott Feinstein, assistant professor of political science, seemingly predicted Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukraine in February, and offers insight into Vladimir Putin's political strategy.
- ISU scientists receive federal grant to advance research on blood stem cells
A $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support this research for five years.
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
- LAS pre-award grant support
- College departmental support team