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

The Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program supports innovative research and practice by Appalachian State University faculty and staff throughout all disciplines and program areas on campus.

2020 winners announced for Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program at App State

Five winning entries by Appalachian State University faculty and staff have been announced for the 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Progra...

Katelyn McGinnis ’11, left, and Dr. Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce, a professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, hold the Appalachian State University flag at the footprint site in Tanzania. Six undergraduate students participated in research activities related to this study, for which a culminating article has been published in the journal Scientific Reports. Photo submitted

Geological and Environmental Sciences faculty publish culminating research paper on ancient human footprints found in Tanzania

Two faculty members in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and their undergraduates have wo...

Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences 2020 Senior Honor Thesis graphic

Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences: Virtual Senior Honor Thesis Presentations

Although the Department of Geologial and Environmental Sciences may not have been in the usual Rankin Science lecture hall,  there were still gre...

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App State students offer advice in human resources for healthcare organizations during COVID-19

Effectively staffing hospitals is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and students at Appalachian State University are providing guidance and addre...

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