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Research at The University of Akron

We strive to increase relevant knowledge for its stakeholders, including students, industries, governments and educational institutions. Our research is a driver for finding meaningful solutions to advance the region.


Undergraduates: Search for research opportunities

Whatever your major — in a STEM field or non-STEM field, or even if you are undecided, you can now learn about all the research projects available to undergraduate students in one spot — thanks to our new Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program website.

Why should you join a research project?

  • If you are unsure whether you want to major in a subject, a research experience can provide clarity.
  • Research can help you make a deeper connection to areas outside of your major.
  • Student research is also an important factor in being accepted into medical or other professional schools.

Working with UA and its Research Foundation

The University of Akron's research services offer support for:

  • Industry:
    • Providing access to research expertise
    • Facilitating testing and research services
    • Licensing UA technology
    • Providing graduate student interns
  • Entrepreneurs and startups:
    • Conducting customer discovery and market research
    • Mentorship by experienced UARF Senior Fellows
    • Providing paths to funding
    • Adding student interns to supplement your team
  • Faculty:
    • Supporting grant applications
    • Helping with technology commercialization
    • Partnering to reach out to customers and learn about markets
    • Patenting and licensing new technologies
  • Students:
    • Providing internships and unique opportunities
    • Forming teams to learn what its like to launch a product through I-Corps Sites
    • Making investment recommendations on real companies through NEOSVF
    • Supporting area businesses through internship partnerships

Research News

Assessing the scope of witnessed violence in prisons

New study is one of few to focus on documenting observed violence in state prisons.
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History is not a game. Or is it?

UA's Dr. Martin Wainwright authors unique textbook, using video games to teach history
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Ohio Third Frontier grants support two UA start-up companies

RooSense and Akron PolyEnergy each received $100,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund.
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UA engineer studying Mars terrain simulants for potential mission to the red planet

Heather Oravec, Ph.D., a mechanical engineering research associate professor at The University of Akron (UA) who works at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland on the Surface Mobility Team, has been tasked with identifying the appropriate terrain requirements of Mars. Her research will help design the relevant terrain conditions for tire performance testing for a potential mission to retrieve soil samples that were collected and left for pickup by NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover.
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