Awards in 2017-18


Principal researchers in 2017-18


Million in grants and contracts in 2017-18


Top 50 grad programs, according to U.S. News and World Report


Doctoral programs


In research output among CSUs

About us 

One of the best ways to learn is to build knowledge through research and innovation. San Diego State University received its first federal grant in the 1950s and began its first doctoral program in the 1960s, and has continued to chart a course of discovery and scholarship ever since. SDSU is the flagship research institution of the 23-campus California State University system, offering 24 doctoral programs (including 21 joint-doctoral degrees) and netting $135 million in grants and contracts.

SDSU students and faculty are scholars, educators, and researchers. San Diego has long been a hub of innovation on many levels: biomedical sciences, military defense, public health, engineering, water science, climate change, social policy, and more. Our researchers work alongside one another, with students, and in partnership with industry and faculty from neighboring universities to help the region and the world tackle some of the biggest issues of our day.

Historical photo of SDSU research lab

Learn more about our milestone achievements and 120-year history of research and scholarship.


Master's programs

1 of 4

Hispanic-serving institutions that offer Ph.Ds in Public Health


SDSU is in the top 15 percent of U.S. universities in terms of federal science and engineering funding.


in royalties annually


In research funding over last 2 decades


In commercialization output among U.S. universities, according to the Milken Institute.

Our Leadership


Stephen Welter

Dr. Stephen Welter is the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Affairs. His office oversees Graduate Affairs, Research Advancement, Research Compliance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Technology Transfer.

Dr. Welter first served as an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University in the Biology Department from 1981-1984. For the next 27 years, he was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. There he served as division chair, Associate Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs, and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Natural Resources. As a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Berkeley, Dr. Welter has been a long-time advocate for the synergy that results from integrating academic scholarship with teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served on the USDA National Research Initiative and the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Council. 

He serves as a board member of CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM, and CONNECT.

Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation

Ed Balsdon, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs

Andrew Bohonak, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs

Timothy Hushen, Associate Executive Director of Research Advancement

John Crockett, Ph.D., Director of Sponsored Project Development

Lisa Kath, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Rick Gulizia, Director of Research Affairs

Tommy Martindale, J.D., Director of Technology Transfer

Cathy Pucher, Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad

Kevin Popovic, Director of the Zip Idea Lab

Matt Brown, Director of Information Technology

Kellie Woodhouse, Director of Communications