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.

Rankin Observatory

Rankin Observatory is the instructional facility on the main App State campus and is used for teaching advanced undergraduate astronomy courses in observational techniques. The RSO is next to the rooftop GoTo Lab Facility, used in Introductory Astronomy courses.

Zooarchaeology Lab 

Zooarchaeology Lab is dedicated to research and teaching with a focus on zooarchaeology and southern Appalachian archaeology. The lab is home to the department's zooarchaeological comparative collections, which include thousands of skeletons of vertebrates and shells of mollusks to aid in the identification of animal remains recovered from archaeological sites.  

I.W. Carpenter, Jr. Herbarium

The Herbarium at App State contains approximately 29,000 specimens. The three main functions of the facility are teaching, maintenance of vouchers and development of a research herbarium with a focus on the flora of the Southern Appalachians.


The Biology Department maintains the Greenhouse and Conservatory which supports a wide variety of outreach, teaching, basic and applied research efforts and holds more than 800 species across more than 100 families in plant inventory.

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

Caption: SAFE faculty recipient Dr. Sarah-Beth Hopton, associate professor and internship director, Department of English. Photo by University Communications.

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sarah-Beth Hopton

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SAFE faculty recipient Dr. Jamie Yarbrough, School Psychology Program Director, Department of Psychology. Photo by University Communications.

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jamie Yarbrough

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This badge signifies Appalachian State University is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and students for the 2020–21 academic year. App State is one of 17 schools nationwide to receive this honor. Image courtesy of Fulbright Program

App State one of 17 US schools named a top producer of Fulbright scholars and students for 2020–21

Appalachian State University has been recognized as a top producing institution for Fulbright scholars and students for the 2020–21 academic year, a...

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Who's Who: STEM and Research Support Staff

Getting to know our Staff: STEM and Research Support StaffSteven BeckSteven Beck is a research technician at Appalachian’s North Carolina Research C...

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