A student gestures to a poster displayed on a board while a research forum attendee looks onStudent Tyler Gau presents his work in a poster session at the Undergraduate Research Forum

Centers and Institutes

Contact us: centers and institutes

Jim Oris
Associate Provost for Research & Scholarship and Dean of the Graduate School
102 Roudebush Hall

Applied Research Center

Through data driven research studies, the Applied Research Center (ARC) offers a hands-on learning environment for Social Science students and scholars, as well as a wealth of information that not only benefits our clients, but also the general public both directly and indirectly. Results of recent studies have provided information to the public about an array of important issues that affect their lives from health management to public safety issues and have helped leaders to make informed decisions regarding public policy.  The Applied Research Center has completed large scale research projects beyond Ohio's borders, including other states and larger regions of the nation.

Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies

AIMS examines how digital technology is transforming traditional areas of inquiry. AIMS is committed to rich interactive experiences that empower individuals and organizations to experiment, innovate, and collaborate, while preparing students for the challenges and opportunities that interactive media present.

Augmented Reality Center

The Augmented Reality Center is a cross-disciplinary creative community focused on advancing augmented reality as a cultural practice. This means inventing and creating augmented reality (AR) applications that can benefit ordinary people, collaborating with partners in industry and with cultural institutions, ensuring that theory informs practice, and that the lessons learned from practice feed back into scholarship. The Center invites participation from anyone with an interest in AR, regardless of discipline.  For information, contact Technical Director Bo Brinkman (513-529-0354) or Creative Director Helen Armstrong (513-529-2232).

Center for American and World Cultures

The mission of CAWC is to promote positive intergroup relations among students, faculty, and staff on campus and to improve the climate for diversity on campus.  An an interdisciplinary center, CAWC promotes the informed discussion, research, and study of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and physical difference here in the United States and abroad. CAWC's programs, courses, and projects use interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives for the investigation and interpretation of the cultural and social factors that have profoundly shaped history and created the complexityof the modern world. Along with other university programs, the CAWC is helping to expand the boundaries of knowledge and prepare students, faculty, and staff to be informed, progressive, inclusive "global citizens".

Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

The Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is a state of the art research and training facility available for all members of Miami University. It was created in 2000 to increase research opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and undergrads in cell, molecular, and structural biology. The CBFG employs full-time staff, who are available for training, operation, and maintenance of the Center's equipment. The equipment in the CBFG includes 4 Applied Biosystems capillary DNA sequencers, a robotic liquid handling system, Real-time PCR thermocyclers, a DNA microarray scanner, an Agilent 2100 bioanalyzer, a UV/VIS/fluoresecent plate reader, and a computer cluster for bioinformatic analyses.

Center for Business Excellence

The vision of the Center for Business Excellence (CBE) is to create generations of leaders focused on long-term organizational value.  Its mission is to improve organizational decision making through a stakeholder management framework that integrates integrity, leadership, and transparency.  These are accomplished through collaborations between faculty, executives, students, and policy makers across multiple institutions.  The CBE emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to making business decisions, and seeks to frame those decisions broadly to understand their implications across stakeholder groups.  The focus is on pragmatic approaches to making challenging business decisions by understanding stakeholder expectations., and on developing trusting relationships with stakeholders to create long-term value for organizations.  For information, contact Co-Directors Brian Ballou (513-529-6213) or Dan Heitger (513-529-6208).

Center for Chemistry Education

Built on a tradition of quality programming, materials development, and networking between academia and industry, Miami University's Center for Chemistry Education (CCE) encompasses a multifaceted collaboration of cross-grade-level and interdisciplinary initiatives begun in the mid-1980s as Terrific Science Programs. These initiatives are linked through the centrality of chemistry to the goal of fostering quality hands-on, minds-on science education for all students. CCE activities include credit coursework and other opportunities for educators at all levels; K-12 student programs; undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in chemical education; materials development, including teacher resource materials, program handbooks, and videos; public outreach efforts and networking to foster new and existing partnerships among classroom teachers, university-based science educators, industrial scientists, and professional societies.

Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment

CELTUA's mission is to embody and promote engagement with scholarly and reflective teaching practices to support the intellectual development of faculty and students as members of a diverse community. CELTUA supports long-term and short-term communities for faculty growth and inquiry (e.g., FLCs, FLINGs, workshops/seminars). In addition to supporting innovative teaching through projects, grants and awards (e.g., Top 25 project, grants, Knox award), CELTUA brings to Miami the best of the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching). CELTUA works with other departments and programs to assess, enhance, and celebrate teaching and learning at Miami.

Center for Environmental Education

The Center for Environmental Education (CEE) is a comprehensive natural science and science education resource for diverse audiences. The Center enables learners of all ages — from primary students to undergraduates to retirees — to enhance their understanding of and appreciation for biodiversity, conservation and ecology.  CEE is composed of two core components: The Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History and the Biosphere Project.  For information, contact Director Cecilia Berg (513-529-6085).

Center of Excellence for Structural Biology and Metabonomics, an Ohio Center of Excellence

Miami’s Center for Structural Biology and Metabonomics is led by Michael Kennedy, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Structural Biology and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Work performed by researchers in Miami’s center, including 20 undergraduates and four doctoral students this semester, involves developing metabolic profiling databases for children’s diseases targeting gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases, cancer and obesity. The Center is a unique State of Ohio resource for protein structure-function studies and offers state-of-the-art capabilities for metabonomics research.  Research is done in a collaborative consortium with physicians at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and Rainbow Babies Hospital in Cleveland, through a network Dr. Kennedy established soon after arriving at Miami in 2006.  For information, contact Director Michael Kennedy (513-529-8267).

Center for Information Management

The purpose of the Center for Information Management (CIM) is to enable Miami University's students, faculty and staff to use or seek individual assistance with software for creating and editing digital information.

Center for Neuroscience and Behavior

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavior is an interdisciplinary research center with a mission to promote neuroscience research as well as to train graduate and undergraduate students for a career in developmental, cellular, molecular, and/or behavioral neuroscience. Center faculty conduct research in behavioral neuroscience; cellular, molecular, and developmental neurobiology; neuroanatomy; neurophysiology; neurochemistry; neuroendocrinology; neuropharmacology; and neuroimaging. State-of-the-art laboratory facilities are available for faculty and student research.

Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs

The Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs engages in applied research, technical assistance services, training and education, and data base development in the areas of public management and capacity building, local government economic development and planning, and public program evaluation and policy research. The Center's activities are funded by external grants and contracts from a number of funding sources including the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, the Ohio Public Works Commission, the Rural University Program, and the Ohio Township Association, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. The Center's primary efforts are directed toward research and assistance to small/non-metropolitan cities, villages, townships, and counties. Center projects are initiated upon request from local governments or by Center staff as an ongoing program for various local governments in the region and statewide.

Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs

In existence since 1998, the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) operates in affiliation with the Psychology Clinic in the Department of Psychology. University faculty, graduate students and community partners are involved in research, consultation, and clinical service initiatives. For information, contact Cricket Meehan (513-529-4247).

Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Defining social entrepreneurship as "innovative solutions to persistent social problems (hunger, poverty, education) that create social value through sustainable, systemic change," the Center for Social Entrepreneurship creates hands-on, experiential learning at the undergraduate level and strives to give students the tools they need to leave their mark on the world.

Center for Visual Sciences

The Center for Visual Sciences aims to involve Miami University faculty, students and the community as a whole in its activities including a seminar series and outreach programs to educate the public on the importance of vision research. Other activities include the fostering of collaborative, vision-centered projects between the members of the center, as well as with other faculty. The center also places importance on supporting graduate and undergraduate student vision research by providing student research awards. For information, contact Co-Directors Katia Del Rio-Tsonis (513-529-3128) or Michael L. Robinson (513-529-2353).

Confucius Institute

The first Confucius Institute in Ohio set up in conjunction with the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), the Confucius Institute at Miami University serves as a platform for the internationalization of current and future Miami Students. In addition, the Institute operates as a host outreach program, helping our community, our region and Ohio learn how to adapt to the changing global economy. Lastly, the Confucius Institute expands our Chinese Language and cultural offerings on our campus and in our community.

Corporate and Community Institute

Through our Business and Industry Center, Miami University's Corporate and Community Institute (MCCI) brings the resources of Miami University directly to companies and organizations.  MCCI provide needs assessments, custom designed training solutions and consulting services.  MCCI programs help prepare, update and retain a high performance workplace.  MCCI provides a flexible and focused approach to non-credit, credit and certification courses to meet the specific education and training goals of individuals, organizations and the business community.  Some of MCCI's most successful training programs include Lean Manufacturing, Leadership and Management Certificate Program, Basics of Supervision, Performance Management Training, Exceptional Customer Service, Identifying and Selecting Exceptional Managers, Occupational Spanish, Web Site Design, Adobe Photoshop, Quickbooks Pro, and PC Troubleshooting and Diagnostics.

Discovery Center

The Discovery Center focuses on providing professional development programs for teachers and school administrators through both face-to-face institutes and iDiscovery's Web. The Discovery Center began in 1991 as Project Discovery, one of the National Science Foundation's Statewide Systemic Initiatives (J.B. Kahle, Principle Investigator). In 2000, Miami University recognized the project's success in reforming science and mathematics education across Ohio by establishing the Discovery Center.

Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology

The Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Teaching was established in 1990. Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research, information dissemination, and in-service training to enhance the education, adjustment, and well-being of at-risk children, youth, and families. Faculty Associates of the Center come from 9 departments and 4 divisions of the university. Center activities include the conduct of research, especially focused on problems best studied with interdisciplinary collaboration;the creation and dissemination of resource documents;and the provision of in-service training related to children, youth, and families.

Ecology Research Center

The Ecology Research Center (ERC) is the focal point for ecological field research at Miami University and provides a venue for educational opportunities for middle, high school, and university students. This 69-hectare field station contains a diversity of field sites and facilities that support both aquatic and terrestrial research. In addition the ERC provides the tools and equipment needed to maintain field plots and the ERC staff are available to provide advice and assistance in the design and fabrication of research apparatuses and sampling devices.  The ERC is home to a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and DOE (US Department of Energy) meteorological station. In addition to collecting data on precipitation quality (since 1979), the station also monitors dry deposition quality, lightning frequency, and spatial and temporal fluctuations in solar radiation.

Geographic Information Center
Geospatial Analysis Center

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) serves as a hub of geospatial research and activities in support of education, research, and outreach activities. The Center provides geospatial data and analysis support to individual students,faculty, and university administrators. Through the Center, Miami students and faculty have access to licensed geospatial software and GIS data. Center faculty also consult externally in the area of geospatial data and analyses.

Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies was established as a result of a multi-million dollar gift from Walter Havighurst (1901-1994), a longtime Miami University English professor and author, who was deeply committed to improving mutual understanding between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Professor Havighurst taught at Miami from 1928-1969.  The Center is interdisciplinary, drawing faculty from many departments throughout the University, brought together by their mutually held interests in exploring issues related to Russia and the post-Soviet world.  The Havighurst Center is devoted to joint research at Miami University by Miami faculty, scholars from Russia, eastern Europe and Eurasia, and from American universities; to service and learning activities for the Miami student community in order to provide a greater understanding of this region; and to programs designed to foster interdisciplinary research on the most important questions relating to the future of this area.

Humanities Center

The Miami University Humanities Center brings together faculty, students, and the public for conversation and debate about culture and human experience.  The Center sponsors a range of activities — including public lectures, readings, workshops, think-tanks, and programs of sustained inquiry — to foster creative collaborations across traditional disciplinary boundaries.  The Center also  supports Miami University's unique commitment to engaged undergraduate learning and research; assists in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty; and aims to lead humanities research into the future. It is a resource for diverse institutional groups, providing funding, oversight, logistical support, and means of dissemination in both digital and traditional forms.

Institute for Entrepreneurship, an Ohio Center of Excellence

The Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University is a distinctive, internationally-recognized program emphasizing undergraduate teaching excellence and immersive, real-world learning opportunities in the areas of social, startup and corporate entrepreneurship.

Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Sustainability provides leadership in support of the University's environmental education goals by expanding environmental dimensions in learning, teaching, public service, research, and creative activities. The Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) was developed in 1969 within the Graduate School of Miami University and houses one of the oldest Master of Environmental Science (M. En.) professional degree programs in the United States. The IES philosophy emphasizes both a systematic and interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues as well as the effective communication of knowledge and information. IES has its own teaching and research facilities, director, deputy directors for academic affairs and research, and administrative staff. Approximately 100 University faculty members from 33 departments actively participate in the program.  The IES partners with departments, centers, and physical facilities at Miami University on several initiatives, and conducts air and water quality monitoring in cooperation with Butler County and federal agencies. Students are involved in all of these activities, providing hands-on scientific, organizational, and cultural learning experiences.

Miami University Partnership Office

The Miami University Partnership Office cultivates and extends school/university partnerships; grows partnerships between Miami and community/social service agencies; and connects faculty, staff and students in partnerships across campuses.

Molecular Microspectroscopy Laboratory

The MML is a leader in the field of molecular microspectroscopy for use in contaminant identification and materials characterization. The facility's staff, who have a wide range of expertise and analytical problem-solving skills, have provided analytical services to over 400 clients. Expert not only in the use of infrared microspectroscopy and Raman microspectroscopy, but also in their development, the MML has been used by many instrument manufacturers as a test and development site.

Myaamia Center

The Myaamia Center is a tribally-directed research entity with two main purposes. The first is to conduct in-depth research to assist tribal educational initiatives aimed at the preservation of language and culture. This research creates a wide range of educational models and materials for community language and cultural programs.  The second purpose is to expose undergraduate and graduate students at Miami University to tribal efforts in revitalizing their language and culture. Students gain experience through a wide range of activities including visits to tribal headquarters in Oklahoma, direct involvement in research initiatives, class visitations by center staff and access to Miami Tribe language and cultural resources.

Ohio's Evaluation and Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Ohio's Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education is a partnership between Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. The E & A Center evaluates the impact of programs related to science and mathematics education. The Center is nationally recognized for its evaluation and assessment expertise. The Center involves, as needed, affiliated faculty with expertise in specific areas from numerous departments at Miami University and at universities within Ohio and across the country. The Center is the repository of valid and reliable instruments to assess progress in mathematics and science education reform (including K-12 student achievement). Also, it maintains several large databases, allowing comparisons with similar groups, as appropriate. It is noted for its effective dissemination of evaluation and research findings through both scholarly and popular venues.

Ohio Writing Project

Since 1980, the Ohio Writing Project has been providing teachers and students with quality programs to help improve student writing. As a site of the National Writing Project, a network of programs dedicated to the professional development of K-12 writing teachers across the country, Ohio Writing Project provides a full spectrum of student assessment programs and professional development for teachers from all grade levels and subject areas. The cornerstone of OWP is the Workshop on the Teaching of Writing. Designed for K-12 teachers of all subject areas, this workshop examines contemporary approaches to the teaching of writing in an intensive, supportive environment. Ohio Writing Project faculty and staff also provide student assessments and school improvement services to school districts.

Scripps Foundation and Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence

Scripps Gerontology Center is a research institution dedicated to generating and disseminating multidisciplinary aging related knowledge. Visit the web site for current research projects descriptions. Scripps also administers Miami University’s Academic Programs in Gerontology, which are offered through the Department of Sociology and Gerontology.

Statistical Consulting Center

The SCC is a group of statisticians who provide consultation on all aspects of data collection, analysis and interpretation. The SCC is funded by the University to promote high quality statistical consulting to researchers and is staffed by a Manager and full-time statistics faculty in the Department of Statistics.  Consulting services are provided free to Miami University students, faculty and staff who have no external support, or on a cost recovery basis to those with externally funded support. External projects are accepted on a case by case basis and will be charged competitive rates.

Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The mission of the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship is to "unleash the entrepreneurial potential of the Miami University Community" including students, faculty, staff, alumni and residents of southwest Ohio. The Page Center fulfills this mission thorough innovative classroom and experiential learning opportunities that create awareness about the rewards, requirements and challenges associated with entrepreneurial and develop entrepreneurial skills.  Page Center activities include semi-annual business plan competitions, internships, consulting opportunities, a student entrepreneurship club, an annual mentor development night, an Entrepreneurial Resource Lab that provides individual support for student and area entrepreneurs, and adult education programs.  For information, contact Brett Smith (513-529-9744).

Women's Center

The Women's Center, located in 205 MacMillan Hall, has been an active center since its opening in 1991.  The purpose of the Women's Center is to provide campus programming on women's issues, coordinate activities of campus women's groups, promote positive institutional changes for women, and represent women's concerns to the administration.  In addition to a resource library of books, magazines, journals, and videos, the Women's Center houses computers for visitors to use and a community room for meetings, studying, or relaxing.  The Women's Center is a sponsor and/or coordinator of several programs including the annual fall reception for new women faculty and staff, the Women's Herstory Calendar, Women of Color Celebration and Luncheon and Women's Leadership Celebration. For information, e-mail womenscenter@MiamiOH.edu or call 513-529-1510.