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Natural Sciences

Our science departments are committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge in their fields by combining research and teaching, a principle devised by Wilhelm von Humboldt in the early 1800s, and followed by research universities today throughout the world.

Our 200 faculty members — including fellows of many learned societies and academies — are engaged in research that spans a broad range from the basic to the applied, from questions about the foundations of quantum mechanics, to the development of cancer cells and the workings of the brain, to work that results in the spin-off of high-technology companies. They share their excitement about their research with their students, training them to become part of the next generation of scientists who will push the frontiers of human knowledge.


Grad school fellowships awarded for research in sciences, social sciences and humanities
Sravya Tadepalli becomes only the third Duck in the past 26 years to achieve this rare honor.
Human physiology grad student Brett Ely studies where or not “overdressing” for your ...
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