Led by the College of Sciences, in January 2022 ODU earned Research 1 status from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This places the university among an elite group of research institutions in the nation designated by "very high research activity" and reflects its continued growth.

The Carnegie Classification®, which has been the leading measure of research activities at U.S. colleges and institutions for more than half a century, means ODU joins the top 5% of four-year research institutions in the U.S.

To achieve R1 status, universities must meet benchmarks across 10 indicators, including research doctorates awarded, total research grants and expenditures, scholarly publications, and number of Ph.D. research staff, all of which continues to grow in the College of Sciences, and the University at large.

Featured Faculty Research

College of Sciences faculty conduct award-winning research in a wide number of fields, contributing to and progressing the knowledge in their disciplines.


Research with Integrity

ODU takes Research Integrity and Scientific Misconduct very seriously. Review our policy for important information.

Research Centers & Programs

In departmental research labs, research centers and in the field, our faculty investigate important scientific questions ranging from the workings of the atomic nucleus to the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience (ICAR)

With a foundation in the ODURC and prime location in a natural test bed, ODU faculty conduct vital work around coastal adaptation and resilience.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds many research opportunities for undergraduate students through the REU Sites program.

ODU Resilience Collaborative (ODURC)

A consortium of leading scholars actively engaged in research, education, and outreach on critical issues for resilience at community, national, and global levels.