Research in the Divisions

The community of organized research activities at UC Santa Cruz is innovative and multi-disciplinary. Research activities are organized into departmental research clusters and divisional research centers and research institutes. For lists of research unit links, you can also visit the research programs and units page on the main campus website.

Research in the Humanities

The Humanities Institute (THI) serves as an umbrella for a multitude of research centers, research clusters, and multi-campus research projects. With these and other initiatives, THI serves as an incubator for new ideas and provides crucial support to faculty and students at every stage of the research process. 

Research in Physical and Biological Sciences

UCSC researchers in the division of Physical and Biological Sciences explore our world from the smallest particles to the total universe. The problems examined impact our lives from health and the environment to developments in technology. Research is organized within formal organized research units, research centers, interdisciplinary research clusters, and individual departments.

Research Institutes, Centers, & Reserve System

Research in the Arts

The Division of Arts directs an Arts Research Institute with the mission to enhance the national and international prominence of the arts at UCSC through publication, performance, exhibition, or curation, and to increase the quality and vitality of research and creative work in theory, scholarship, and practice in the arts.

Arts Research Institute (ARI)

Research in Baskin Engineering

The research community in BE has a record of achievement and accomplishment in a wide array of computer science, computer engineering, genomics, applied mathematics, and materials related areas. Divisional research is organized into department level research clusters, and divisional research centers and institutes.

Research in Social Sciences

Research in the Social Sciences is organized into diverse centers of excellence, including projects focused on environmental sciences, economics, social justice, and Latino Studies among others. The division of Social Sciences also publishes a quarterly research magazine.

Research Infrastructure

The links provided here are offered to help interested parties find their way more deeply into the UCSC research enterprise infrastructure. A great deal of our research infrastructure is under the ownership of principal investigators as part of their respective labs. However, there are rechargeable research resources throughout the campus that are managed and made available to different people in different ways under divisional Dean's office authority.