Elevate Research and Engineer Innovative Solutions

Elevate Research and Engineer Innovative Solutions

U researchers in engineering, the physical and social sciences, and business are developing solutions to challenges in our natural and built environments.


Climate change, water scarcity, air pollution, an aging utility and transportation infrastructure, cybersecurity threats, opioid addiction, chronic pain, disease and workforce preparedness.

These are among the most pressing issues of the day for Utahns and all Americans. Such challenges can only be solved by advancing our knowledge of these issues and developing practical environmental, economic, health, and policy solutions.

Today, the spirit of discovery burns bright in a new generation of faculty and graduates. The University of Utah is home to a diverse research portfolio filled with the work of pathbreaking thinkers who are nationally recognized for their excellence in research and for accelerating real-world solutions from concept to application.

With this campaign, we will reach ever greater heights of discovery while strengthening our economy and preparing a new generation of engineers, policymakers, health care providers, researchers, and community leaders.

Here’s How You Can Help

The following sampling of campaign priorities will help chart new paths of research and discovery.

  • Create new endowed chairs and professorships to attract and retain a new generation of extraordinary faculty members.
  • Establish undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships in STEM disciplines to stimulate Utah’s vibrant and growing tech and biotech sectors.
  • Expand sustainability programs that protect our air and water and steward our natural world, through teaching and research in the STEM disciplines, law, the social sciences, community planning, and the humanities.   

Making discoveries together

Students and fellows have been vital to the discoveries made in the Human Genetics Department. Among them is graduate research assistant Kristi Russell, who works with world-renowned professor Lynn Jorde. She never imagined she would have the opportunity to work in such a prestigious lab alongside faculty literally writing the textbooks used in the field.