Institutes and Initiatives


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Strategic investment in the research areas of strength represented by Kent State’s  Institutes and Initiatives directly expands the culture of research at KSU and leads to transformative, collaborative discoveries.

  • Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI) – The AMLCI engages a large interdisciplinary team of liquid crystal researchers, and experts in nanoscience and technology, biomaterials, organic semiconductors, and organic electro-optics and reaches well beyond the traditional STEM disciplines. 
  • Anti-Racism and Equity Institute (AREI) – The AREI was established with the goals of advancing and promoting scholarship, education, and engagement that address problems associated with racial inequality and injustice.
  • Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI)  – The BHRI is committed to improving our understanding of brain function in health, disease and repair. 
  • Design Innovation Initiative (DI) - DI brings together students, faculty, community and leading experts from diverse disciplines who are thoughtfully addressing technology and society through design to become creative, intersectional problem-solvers and fearless collaborators in the face of complex, messy problems.
  • Environmental Science and Design Research Institute (ESDRI) – The ESDRI is dedicated to research and investigations within natural and built systems.  
  • Global Understanding and Research Initiative (GURI) –  The GURI stimulates interdisciplinary collaborations that transcend disciplinary and geographic boundaries, seeking solutions to problems of global concern.  
  • Healthy Communities Research Institute (HCRI) – The HCRI is focused on basic and applied research leading to the discovery of processes and practices that enable all people to thrive free of preventable disease and injury, while achieving well-being and health-related quality of life.

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