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student and professor in the lab

Environmental science major Avery Palardy '15 and Earth and Environmental Sciences department assistant professor Vasilii Petrenko examine a carbon 14 extraction line used to study methane found in ancient ice samples.

The University of Rochester has been a pioneer in fields as diverse as geology, optics, medicine, economics, political theory, and human behavior.


aerial view of campusA compact campus works to our advantage. All units of the University are within a 10-minute walk or drive, facilitating a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary research environment.

Leading medical center

surgeon puts on maskResearch at the University of Rochester Medical Center — famous for its role in developing three vaccines now used worldwide — is a $232 million enterprise involving thousands of scientists, and more than 1,100 individual clinical research projects.

State-of-the-art technology

two researchers with a laser system mirror assemble

A Blue Gene Q supercomputer, capable of more than 200 trillion calculations a second. An Omega 60-beam laser tthat can deliver up to 40,000,000,000,000 watts of power onto a target less than 1 millimeter in diameter for approximately one-billionth of a second.

Tools like these are crucial assets for faculty and student research.

Vibrant region

downtown RochesterRochester's historic tradition as a center of manufacturing excellence, especially in optics and photonics, has helped it transition to a knowledge-based economy. And as the city's leading employer, the University has been a key catalyst.

Culture of innovation

The deformable mirror assemply of the OMEGA EP laser system at the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics212 inventors from 51 University departments and units filed invention disclosures in fiscal year 2012. When measured against its peers, the University of Rochester is one of the most productive institutions in the nation in terms of royalty generation.

Tradition of discovery

historic photo of optics scientistsFor more than 150 years, the University has been a pioneer in fields as diverse as geology, optics, medical education, economics, political theory, and human behavior.

Research Strategic Plan 2013-2018

"The committee identified four broad areas of research synergy across the University: Data Science, Research Foundations for a Healthier Society, Light and Sound, and Energy and the Environment. In addition, we identified an emerging emphasis on community engagement and the translation of research discoveries into practical benefits for society."
Read / download the complete plan

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Big Data at the University of Rochester

Data science is a defining discipline of the 21st century, and the top priority in the 2013-2018 research strategic plan.

Research By the Numbers

Student-to-faculty ratio provides a highly collegial research environment

In federally financed research and development expenditures to academic institutions (National Institutes of Health, 2011)

Among U.S. institutions for relative citation impact.

$350 million
Research funding received in FY2014

Best place in the world for scientists to work (The Scientist magazine, 2012)

Percentage of undergraduate students within Arts, Sciences & Engineering who engage in research

FY 2014 Research Profile

Proposals submitted: 1,920

Sponsored research expenditures: $344 million

Invention disclosures: 155, from 250 inventors in 48 departments with 51 collaborators from 28 outside institutions

Copyright registrations: 15

Patents: 69 granted, covering 64 different technologies

Licensing agreements: 31 new agreements

Licensing revenue: $25.6 million

Source: Office of Research and Project Administration