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UO’s new R1 classification draws national attention to academic research projects

The recent classification of Ohio University as a “Research 1” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has the potential to significantly increase the visibility of the university nationally.

With this accomplishment, OU will be recognized alongside 141 other institutions with the highest level of research recognition under the Carnegie classification, according to a precedent To post report.

Nathaniel Szewczyk, a professor of molecular medicine at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, said the classification could improve how students and faculty interested in research view UO as an institution.

In the past, some people may have overlooked OU because of its location in rural Ohio, Szewczyk said, however, its prestigious research status shows people that the university is “capable of doing class-leading research.” world”.

Steven Evans, professor of psychology, explained that R1 status improves college prospects. Being recognized as one of the highest research institutes in the country helps build a solid reputation not only for the university, but also for the students, faculty, and staff.

“Moving to ‘very high research activity’ (i.e. R1) increases our ability to attract top students to our doctoral programs and outstanding researchers to join our faculty,” Evans said in a statement. E-mail.

Since advancing the newly named classification status, the university has made efforts to offer more resources to participate in research. Recently, a number of scholarships have been offered to different departments of the university to carry out specific research, according to a precedent To post report.

Jason Trembly, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, or ISEE, said the institute has received more than $5 million in federal funding throughout 2021 to boost a wide range of research support, even before the university is ranked. with R1 status.

Trembly wasn’t sure if the R1 designation would increase ISEE’s research funds, as it’s quite early to determine how the classification will affect new grant-funded research activities.

However, Trembly noted that the designation should increase interest and recruitment for future research activities.

For research grant proposals to be accepted, Evans said, any federal funding agency must go through several steps to decide whether it can be accepted. One of the factors considered by the agencies is “the university’s research infrastructure and expertise,” Evans said in an email.

With the contribution of the R1 designation, this will likely boost reviewer scores to university proposals and increase the likelihood that a proposal will be funded.

Since OU is now ranked as one of the highest research institutions in the country, in the future there may be an upward trend in the number of undergraduate and graduate students wishing attend university.

According to a precedent To post report, many students wanted to come to OU because they knew they would have multiple opportunities after graduation. Students explained that they can achieve success at OU because the university maintains respected resources to make it possible.

For graduate students seeking a doctorate, R1 status would provide them with a higher job demand after graduating from a top college, Trembly said.

Overall, the designation demonstrates that the university has a clear standard for “positive societal impacts on external stakeholders, including prospective students, industry and government funding agencies,” Trembly said in a statement. e-mail.

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