Innovative. Interdisciplinary. Inclusive.

We are one of top public research universities in the nation. Research, scholarship and creative activities at SDSU engages students in hands-on education and furthers discoveries, interventions and solutions that improve communities and change the world.


Brilliant scientists. Dedicated mentors.

SDSU faculty are as dedicated in the classroom as they are in the lab. At SDSU, students are encouraged not only to master their textbooks, but also to go out into the field and get a real taste of what it's like to be scholars, scientists, artists and more.

Undergraduate Research

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Researching Health Care Disparities in Minority Communities

SDSU sustainability sophomore Azure ‘Ciel’ Fisher is digging into how structural racism impacts health.

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Fast Track to Machine Learning Research via MESA

Senior James Bunnell will have co-published five scientific papers when he graduates in the fall with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.


2021 Funding $141 million

50 covid projects

23 doctoral programs

950+ student researchers

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The student-built Lady Elizabeth rocket prepares for launch. (Credit: Stefan Fahr)

High-Impact Experiences

Involvement in practices like entrepreneurship, student research, creative activities, internships and student clubs transforms the college experience and helps students identify their skills and passions. Each year SDSU students get a chance to share their work at our annual Student Research Symposium. This year's virtual symposium takes place in March.

Student Research Symposium



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SDSU Researchers Secure $141M in Funding for 2020-21

Faculty received strong strong support in such crucial areas as boosting COVID-19 vaccine uptake, developing better batteries for electric cars, reducing disease among Hispanics, combating climate change and improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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An SDSU-led team will collect and document tobacco pollution to create maps and statistical models in an effort to better understand the distribution of waste and develop solutions to combat the problem.

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Researchers Find Access Hurdles to COVID-19 Vaccinations

An SDSU team focused on heavily Latinx communities of South San Diego County contributed to a major national report on equity in vaccination rollouts that found interconnected issues beyond trust in vaccines can affect willingness and ability to get the vaccine. 



Big Ideas

From climate change to social justice, SDSU's Big Ideas initiative seeks to change the world through transformative and transdisciplinary solutions to society’s greatest challenges. Faculty-led research teams share their innovative ideas during Short Films for Big Ideas.

Short Films for Big Ideas