Curiosity moves the world.

Research, Scholarship & Creative Works

The body of research, scholarship and creative works emerging from the College of Arts & Sciences is vast, with one common thread -- ALL of our research is curiosity-based. This model of inquiry confers intellectual flexibility, a precursor for innovation, creativity and discovery. 

As the nexus of the only Ivy League, land grant university, we encompass both practical and theoretical approaches to knowledge: in science departments that integrate highly skilled experimentalists with researchers pondering the theoretical bases of natural laws; in an English department that joins critical literary theorists with creative writers expanding the boundaries of their genres; or in social science departments that offer rigorous theoretical and empirical analyses of the social, political and economic foundations of modern life. 

By the Numbers

More than 100 interdisciplinary research organizations, 18 Cornell research centers and 2 national research centers
Over 25% of our students work closely with faculty in research and independent study

Built to last 90 days, Mars rover Opportunity ends mission after 15 years

“…Ancient Mars was a very, very different place from modern-day Mars; it was more habitable, more Earthlike than Mars is today.”

Steve Squyres, Cornell’s James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences and the principal scientific investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission shares his perspective on the end of a scientific mission of epic proportions.

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