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Research, Scholarship, & Creativity

UMass Dartmouth: a premier research university

  • Searching for solutions to today's challenges
  • Discovering new paths toward economic and social prosperity

Committed to involving graduate and undergraduate students in the research endeavor across the schools and colleges

  • Inspiring the next generation of innovators
  • Integrating research into the curriculum

Research at UMass Dartmouth: a $25.6 million enterprise

  • Regional focus: motivated by regional needs and aspirations
  • Global impact: sharing our discoveries with the world

Focus on faculty research

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NSF Career Award recipient Dr. Robert Drew studies clownfish to advance evolutionary knowledge

Dr. Drew, ‌assistant professor of Biology, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award, which recognizes young, on-the-rise faculty members. The award provides $850,000 over 5 years to fund Drew's work on clownfish and its symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone.

NSF grant to improve the performance of tidal energy turbines

The National Science Foundation has awarded $300,000 to Prof. Geoffrey Cowles of SMAST and co-investigator Prof. Luigi Martinelli of Princeton University, in cooperation with Ocean Renewable Power Company, to assess the performance of tidal energy turbines and their interactions with the marine environment.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility: major step forward in research

The 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer plays an important role as a research and academic resource, opening up possibilities across departments and the university.

Aminda O'Hare

Exploring the intersection of cognition and emotion

Dr. Aminda O'Hare of the Psychology Department uses tasks of cognitive control to assess her subjects' abilities to stay focused on a task both when emotion is present and when it's not.


Hague, Buck, Randall

A better way to listen underwater: Hydrophones and underwater acoustic signal processing

A research project to improve underwater microphone arrays also highlights opportunities for student research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.


Spotlight on graduate research

Aradea Hakim

Aradea Hakim, SMAST

Pushing the boundaries of cutting edge science and technology with tidal turbine research



Katyanne Shoemaker, Marine Biology

Recognition for research in the microbial ecology of the ocean


Celebrating undergraduate research

Eben Crawford

Eben Crawford, Bioengineering

Eben was the audience favorite and 3rd place winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Research 3-Minute Competition.

Learn more about Eben's project


Lisa Paulo & Stefanie Parau

Lisa Paulo & Stefanie Parau, Psychology

UMass Dartmouth is unique in its strong commitment to undergraduate research.

Learn more: Office of Undergraduate Research