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A world-changing idea begins with curiosity. At Chapman, we are fully invested in fostering that curiosity and the individuals with the passionate drive to explore the answers.

By the Numbers

$11 million Amount of Research Expenditures in FY2017

Research Expenditures are reported as part of the NSF HERD Survey.

30 Research and Creative Activity Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes fosters knowledge creation in cross-cutting areas and teams.

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6x Increase in the number of publications over the past 10 years by Chapman faculty.

Publications are the result of peer reviewed journals, books and other scholarly works.

697 Graduate Degrees (Doctoral, Masters, JD) conferred in 2016-2017

Undergraduate and graduate students working in research is fundamental in advancing knowledge creation and part of their degree program.

Money in the marsh?

Money in the marsh?: Chapman researchers study coastal wetlands' ability to store carbon, a potential source for a carbon credit market

When senior Haley Miller ’17 loads her Chapman University kayak full of research equipment and paddles out into the coastal wetlands of Orange County, she marvels at the contrast between her quiet world and the bustling highway nearby. “It’s really peaceful. You see the cars that drive by the overpass and you think about all the people going on with their busy lives and you imagine they don’t know how these ecosystems impact them,” Miller says. But her work in the wetlands may ultimately have a hand in changing such perceptions.

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America's Top Fears 2017

America's Top Fears 2017: Chapman University Survey of American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017) provides an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. In May of 2017, a random sample of 1,207 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.

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Chapman Federal Grant

Chapman Receives Largest Federal Grant in School History

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging recently awarded a five-year $3.7 million grant to Hillard Kaplan, Ph.D., to pursue his research on Alzheimer’s disease. As part of a larger research project called The Tsimane Health and Life History Project, Dr. Kaplan has been studying a tribe in Bolivia that are of interest to the scientific community for several reasons. 

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Research in Action

From Environmental and food sciences to big data and economic, research and creative activity at Chapman University is embed into every subject in every school. Chapman has world renowned faculty and established national and international prominence with several Institutes and Centers that promote interdisciplinary research.

For example, the Economic Science Institute with Nobel Prize winner Professor Vernon Smith, the Institute for Quantum Studies with National Medal of Science winner, Professor Yakir Aharonov, and the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education with bestseller author and scholar Professor Marilyn Harran. All of this creates amazing opportunities for students at Chapman and enhances institutional reputation.

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