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Research @ AU

Known as a college-centered research university, AU values scholar-teachers who are fully engaged both in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

American University, a Carnegie-classified research university, is deeply committed to creating knowledge, including creative and professional activity, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions. We strongly support research by our students and faculty.

Whether you are a student looking for project funding or a faculty member looking to communicate research impact, this site offers various resources to assist with research at AU. Please take a minute to look around the site to learn more about the exciting, innovative, and inspiring research taking place at American University.  

Faculty Research Support Grants

Internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities are available for 2019-2020.


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Reseach Highlights

Headshot of Prof. Max Paul Friedman against a blue background.

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Professor Max Paul Friedman Wins Prestigious Bessel Award

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Matt Mullins, Irena Volkov, and Samantha Hepworth present their I-CORPS projects at the Mathias Student Research Conference.

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American University I-CORPS Program

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Students Maya Kinley-Hanlon, David Bialy, and Jacob Vancampen with Philip Johnson in AU’s gravitational wave detector lab.

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AU Welcomes New Institute for Integrated Space Science and Technology

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Recent Publications

People next to a wagon, in front of a butcher shop.

Research ·

Out of the Margins: Prof. Finds Jewish Women at the Forefront of American History

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Varanga Temple in Karkala, Karnataka.

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Trouble in Paradise

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Student works in a lab at a cryogenic workstation.

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Trying to Understand Addiction

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Research Findings & Analysis
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American University has 44 Research Centers & Institutes

Over $30M in sponsored research grants

12 Fulbright student scholars