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Research and Engagement

By taking on pressing issues and extending our expertise to communities near and far, we’re out to make the world a better place.

Our Research

In our college, we confront 21st-century issues, ranging from safety and security to food access, sustainable growth and ethnic, religious and gender differences.

Science and technology are essential tools, but they aren’t enough. Our faculty innovators advance our understanding of how people think and act, both now and in the distant past. We are the academic home to internationally renowned experts in digital humanities, linguistics, world languages, communications, psychology, English history, archaeology and more.

Our scholars work with colleagues across the academic spectrum — from engineers and scientists to veterinarians and statisticians — to investigate how emerging technologies can address the most vexing problems. Their insights shape the way leaders and policymakers use new technologies.

Psychologist Jing Feng studies behavioral and cognitive changes that occur while driving. Her work produces insights that better informs policymakers, designers and engineers.

Sharing Solutions

When our research yields important results, the benefits spread far and wide. Humanities and Social Sciences faculty play key roles with groups such as the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities — two NC State-led partnerships that are making the United States and the world more secure. And as part of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, we’re exploring the ethical considerations around applying new technologies in nature.

Our students also benefit from — and contribute to — our robust research culture. Working alongside faculty researchers, our graduate and undergraduate students apply classroom lessons in the real world, from studying sexual communication and HIV prevention to linguistic diversity and discrimination.

Our network of government, industry and community partnerships puts the results of our research in the public’s hands. Through a series of centers and institutes, we work closely with the societal actors who confront grand challenges: nonprofit organizations; local, state and federal agencies; and everyday citizens.


Our college supports three community-oriented centers. We work with nonprofit, government and community partners to make a tangible impact in a variety of fields and industries.

The Center for Family and Community Engagement supports safe, healthy and productive families and communities. The center provides training, program support and evaluation on family-centered meetings as it partners with organizations throughout the state, nation and world.

The Khayrallah Center is dedicated to research about the Lebanese diaspora in the United States and throughout the world, and to disseminating this knowledge to the scholarly community and general public.

The multidisciplinary GES Center is an affiliated program that brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds to analyze and communicate the many facets of genetic engineering.

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Resources for Researchers

Our college research office can help faculty navigate research projects, locate funding sources and make connections in the community.

The Office of Research and Engagement has experienced professionals who can provide financial and administrative guidance during proposal preparation, examine proposals before submission and ensure compliance with regulations set by funders, including the university and state and federal agencies.