Engage in graduate research
You’ll learn from experts and acquire skills for professional growth
Expand your knowledge and partake in groundbreaking projects
As a graduate student in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, you’ll work directly with renowned researchers and faculty in first-class facilities at one of the most forward-thinking metropolitan research universities in the country. You’ll receive specialized training in your field, unparalleled mentoring from faculty and enhanced career opportunities after graduation, which will jumpstart your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll learn from Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and National Academy of Sciences members who are energized by inspiring new ways of thinking and problem solving in our local and global communities. Whether you want to explore the psychophysiological underpinnings of stress, join the search for extraterrestrial intelligence or develop cures for cancer and infectious diseases, we’ll help you discover the next breakthrough to make our world a better place.
Our featured research with graduate students
Under the mentorship of professor Marco Mangone in the School of Life Sciences, graduate student Justin Wolter has been researching how biological mechanisms play a role in cancer development and progression by focusing on two genes, known as microRNAs. Using evidence from the genomes of animals, Wolter aims to show how gene mutations can have an effect on human disease, which can help combat different types of cancer.
The recipients of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict’s prestigious Friends of the Center research scholarships are exploring a wide range of topics this summer in several countries around the world. From domestic violence in Greece and Fiji to the visual culture of yoga in Muslim and Hindu communities, our undergraduate and graduate students will conduct research to investigate the complexities between religion and conflict.
Keelah Williams and Oliver Sng, two doctoral students in the Department of Psychology, are working with Steven Neuberg, a foundation professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to examine the stereotypes of individuals who live in resource-poor and unpredictable environments. The research shows the relationships between ecology and race stereotypes, which can important implications for understanding the content of stereotypes in America.
Karina Benessaiah, a doctoral student in geography, was published in a top-ranked journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science for her work on understanding how people value nature. Benessaiah and her colleagues argue people value nature through relational values rather than instrumental and intrinsic values. Relational values incorporate a person’s prior relationship to nature and shows how nature can contribute to human wellbeing.
How do humans obtain and transmit information in their social environments? How does human behavior vary across cultures? These are some of the questions Leonid Tiokhin, a doctoral anthropology student, attempted to answer in his research on evolutionary theory. He’s conducted research in Indonesia and Armenia. He hopes to continue his research and improve his Indonesian skills to prepare for a career in anthropology and evolutionary medicine.
A new research study from an interdisciplinary team at Arizona State University, led by Petra Fromme of the Biodesign Institute, has revealed the fine details of how an experimental drug works to regulate blood pressure, which will pave the way to the development of better drugs. The innovative work may one day help scientists better control blood-pressure irregularities with a new class of drugs that could limit harmful side effects for the patients.
Conduct research in world-class facilities
Regardless of your discipline, you’ll have access to highly developed facilities and research centers that are fully equipped with the most advanced equipment and technology. We’ll give you the resources and tools you need to transcend boundaries and discover the next breakthrough in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. Whether you’re conducting research in the Center for Biological Physics or the Institute of Human Origins, you can explore innovative projects that’ll impact your field and beyond.
Fund your graduate research experiences
In The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 80% of our graduate students receive full funding for their research experiences through fellowships, awards and scholarships. Our funding opportunities are awarded based on merit, financial need and/or specific academic criteria to ensure all our scholars have access to different types of funding. Whether you want to explore the cultural implications of human mobility or develop spacecraft to map water on the moon, there’s funding available to meet your needs.
Collaborate with experts across the university
As a graduate student in our college, you’ll join one of the fastest growing research institutions in the U.S. with a focus on interdisciplinary research, discovery and development. You’ll collaborate with your peers and some of the brightest intellectuals in the world, including Nobel laureates, Fulbright American Scholars, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows and members of the National Academy of Sciences, on innovative projects spanning a variety of academic fields and disciplines.