Clemson is proud of all its champions, whether they’re forged in the athletic arena, in classrooms or in laboratories across the university.

Research at Clemson had a highlight reel full of accomplishments in 2016, including more than $100 million in research revenue and its classification by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education as a university with the “highest research activity.”

Among our other research accomplishments:

Infectious diseases 

Clemson’s Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center takes a novel approach to fighting pathogens that cause some of the world’s most devastating and intractable infectious diseases, including amoebic dysentery, African sleeping sickness and fungal meningitis with a $10.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Redesigning engineering education

Clemson will create a new national model for engineering education by including study of non-engineering disciplines, such as economics, sociology, health and other factors, because “there are no problems that only an engineer can solve,” according to Sez Atamturktur, the principal investigator of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship Program.

Shedding new light on brain research

Clemson University is leading a multi-university team toward new ways treating seizures and illnesses ranging from addiction to depression. If it works like researchers hope, patients would someday ingest tiny particles that would lodge themselves near light-sensitive proteins in the brain. When hit with  X-rays, the illuminated particles would activate changes in brain function.


Leveling the playing field

Diversity and inclusion are the focus of an initiative to create an inclusive academic culture so women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to enter and remain in academia. The initiative is funded with a $3.4 million grant from a National Science Foundation program called ADVANCE: Increasing Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. Along with the initiative, nicknamed Tigers ADVANCE, is a greater goal: to build a culture that encourages diversity, inclusiveness and acceptance.

Winning concept cars Deep Orange 6 at Toyota of Greenville

Clemson unveiled its sixth concept car designed and produced by students in cooperation with a major auto manufacturer. The 2016 car, the uBox, was a partnership with Toyota. The 2017 car will be a concept for BMW’s Mini brand.

World-class education

Clemson believes that every undergraduate student who wants to do research should have the chance to do it. Recently, the Creative Inquiry program received national recognition for undergrad research accomplishment. At Clemson,

  • 95 percent of seniors have taken part in an internship, a research project, study abroad or other student engagement opportunity, and 
  • 46 percent of seniors have worked, or plan to work, on a research project with a professor outside of what’s required.

World-class students

Courtney Fink and Jenna Kohles, May 2016 graduates, won Fulbright awards to teach in Europe.

Chemistry major Becca Pontius’s Goldwater Scholarship brought the number of Clemson students who won the award since 2007 to 28, far outpacing Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley and Cal Tech.

Bioengineering major and undergraduate student government president Joey Wilson won an Astronaut Scholarship and a Schwarzman Scholarship to study in China.

Clemson physics student Emily Thompson poses for a picture in Wales.

After her sophomore year, Emily was a research intern in Wales, where she straddled being an international student, a researcher and the Prime Meridian.
Image Credit: Emily Thompson

May 2016 graduate Emily Thompson is the most decorated physics grad in Clemson’s history. She’s continued her smashing success as a graduate student in Germany, where she’ll work with the Large Hedron Collider.

World-class careers

Assistant professor Rachel Getman continued Clemson’s streak for young faculty winning the prestigious NSF CAREER Award, the nation’s top NSF award for early-career researchers. Getman’s team will explore new ways of making a chemical for fertilizer that helps feed about half the world, but remains too expensive for world’s the poorest regions.

Maribel Morey won a Carnegie Fellowship for her research on the role of elite philanthropy in the lives of black Americans.

Theater professor Richard St. Peter won a Fulbright to teach in Romania.

Read about more Clemson research news here.