Research Facilities

College Research Facilities

William C. and Ruth Ann Dewel Microscopy Facility

The William C. and Ruth Ann Dewel Microscopy Facility serves undergraduate, graduate students and faculty at Appalachian State University offering a wide variety of services in light and electron microscopy and image analysis. The CAS Microscopy Facility supports both research and teaching, and provides instruction and assistance on the use of state of the art imaging equipment.

College of Arts & Sciences Vivarium

The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to providing the Appalachian academic community with a safe, clean, humane, and efficient Animal Resource Facility. For information on the scope of activities, please consult the Vivarium Facility User’s Manual (274 KB, PDF).

Computation & Visualization Lab

The Visualization Lab is an interdisciplinary computer lab which provides high-end processing and graphic rendering capabilities in support of education, research and outreach activities. The lab is located on the second floor of Rankin Science West.

Dark Sky Observatory

Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory is the research facility used by faculty and their students to conduct observational research in astrophysics. It is equipped with four telescopes, each used regularly for CCD imaging and photometry, with spectrographic instrumentation also available at the 32-inch.

Other Research Labs

In addition to the Microscopy Lab and Vivarium, members of the science faculty maintain their own individual labs for research, usually involving both graduate and undergraduate students.

Grants & Research News

A plume of dust coming from the Sahara Desert to the U.S. — the largest of its kind in more than five decades — will produce unusually colorful sunrises and sunsets in the High Country. Shown here is a view from Valle Crucis of the sun setting over Beech Mountain June 25. The colors in the sunset provide a preview of the sunscapes to come this weekend, weather permitting. Photo by Marie Freeman

App State researchers to study dust plume as it settles over Boone

A sweeping plume of dust — traveling 5,000 miles from the Sahara Desert to the U.S. — will offer an unexpected bright spot for the High Country, a...

SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Tyler Harris '20, Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology

SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Tyler Harris '20, Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology

Tyler Harris was an undergraduate student from Raleigh, N.C.Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient Project: “Oxidative Stress and...

Political Science alum fundraises for DC research institution

Political Science alum fundraises for DC research institution

BOONE, N.C. — For the past six years, Appalachian State University alumnus Tommy Wrenn ’14 has worked as a development professional in Washington,...

App State students recognized as ranking winners of nation-wide cryptanalysis competition

App State students recognized as ranking winners of nation-wide cryptanalysis competition

Zachary Dove, Mathematics, from Cary, N.C.Brennan Stride, Computer Science, from Apex, N.C. Lindsey Wise, Mathematics, from Simpsonville, S.C.&nb...

Research in the College

The College of Arts and Sciences understands the value of research for our students and faculty. We support, encourage and aid our students and faculty in their research and scholarly pursuits. For more information about research through individual departments, please visit each department website