Boise State is classified as a doctoral research institution with high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. We have strong ties to our community, region and the area’s industry leaders; we are committed to relevant research and a creating a multitude of opportunities for students within and beyond their majors. The College of Arts and Sciences has six top-notch research units.
Biomolecular Research Center (BRC)
A collaborative research center designed to provide a supportive environment for interdisciplinary research and education with opportunities for students and faculty members alike. The focus of the Center is the study of biomolecules with emphasis on proteins and protein interactions. The BRC represents a comprehensive collective of instrumentation and facilities ideal for the characterization of biomolecules and their role in a variety of biomedical and environmental processes. Partnerships exist between the Center and Idaho-BRIN/INBRE, UI, ISU, the VA Medical Center, Albertson College of Idaho, and Northwest Nazarene University. To support current and future collaborative science the Center provides seminars, training workshops, and other networking opportunities. The mission of the center is to facilitate multidisciplinary research and research training programs in biomolecular sciences with a goal of increasing the level of biomolecular research carried out at Boise State University.
Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS)
Formally established in July 1991 by the Higher Education Research Council (HERC) of the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) with a $1.05 million grant to Dr. J. R. Pelton of the BSU geophysics faculty. The general goal of CGISS is to focus undergraduate and graduate geoscientific research on the structure, processes, and properties of the uppermost part of the Earth’s crust. Research carried out by CGISS requires measurements made with digital instrumentation deployed at the Earth’s solid surface, within the oceans, or inside boreholes, and depends on theoretical results from physics and chemistry, mathematical methods implemented on powerful computers, and a wide variety of laboratory analyses to quantitatively interpret those measurements. The results are relevant to fundamental geoscientific questions and to diverse problems associated with natural resources, natural hazards, and environmental quality.
GeoSpatial Research Facility (GRF)
The GRF was established in the Fall of 1997 and is located in the Mathematics/Geosciences building rooms 135 & 137.
A cornerstone of our education goals is to provide students with real world experiences through their involvement in GRF research and development projects. If you have any related GIS projects that you need assistance with please feel free to contact me.
Hemingway Western Studies Center (HWSC)
The Hemingway Western Studies Center supports research, publication, and activities and events within a broad Western context. Primary attention is directed toward the Inter-Mountain West.
The Hemingway family has graciously allowed use of their name to designate the center; however, our focus is on Rocky Mountain cultures and environments, not Ernest Hemingway, although we have published one play about Hemingway (see Papa! in Publications) and we do have a small exhibition of Hemingwayiana on display at the center.
Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO)
IBO is a non-profit research unit of Boise State University. Our mission is to contribute to the conservation of western migratory landbirds through cooperative research and public education.
Raptor Research Center (RRC)
The Raptor Research Center (RRC) operates in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State University. The RRC and the Department of Biology share common interests in basic biology and the conservation of natural resources. The center and department collaborate to pursue these interests through research, education, and conservation, especially regarding raptors (birds of prey) and their ecosystems.