The Institute addresses critical global issues through collaborative research, public dialogue, and engaged scholarship. Faculty members and graduate students from across the University collaborate on international, interdisciplinary scholarship.
Centers and Institutes
CDSI works to advance the applications of data science and informatics toward improved biomedical research and healthcare at NUCATS and our clinical partners. Its vision is to create an integrated healthcare and research environment in which all available data are optimally leveraged for knowledge discovery and improved health.
CGM was founded in 2000 to facilitate the development of new genetic knowledge and its application to medicine, while improving public understanding of genetics. Today, we support the genetic research of more than 150 faculty members from 28 departments and three schools through our core facilities and services, as well as offer formal academic programs and public education.
CHiMaD is a center of excellence for advanced materials research focusing on developing the next generation of computational tools, databases and experimental techniques in order to enable the accelerated design of novel materials and their integration to industry, one of the primary goals of the U.S. Government's Materials Genome Initiative.
The Center's mission is to promote research and education in astrophysics through support of independent postdoctoral fellows, advanced graduate and undergraduate research, a vigorous visiting researchers program, and multi-faceted seminars, education, and public outreach programs. Special emphasis is given to interdisciplinary connections with computer science, applied math, statistics, electrical and mechanical engineering, planetary science, education and the arts.
OSL provides innovative research to better utilize the growing amounts of data available in our increasingly networked world. The focus is on enabling technologies in optimization and machine learning, applied to a range of areas including healthcare, energy systems, manufacturing, and more.
The Center's mission is to enhance and coordinate research in the reproductive sciences at Northwestern, to promote the application of this research toward human welfare, and to optimize the training of future researchers, educators and clinicians in the reproductive sciences.
CLP researchers use the technologies of tomorrow to discover the diagnostic methods and therapies needed to save lives today. Chemists, engineers, and physicists team with life scientists and clinicians to change how we diagnose and treat cancer, cardiovascular and kidney disease, infectious diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and trauma.
NUCATS provides scientists with consultative resources and expertise in order to accelerate how quickly transformative scientific discoveries make their way to patients and the community. It is our goal to continually increase the quality, safety, efficiency and speed of innovative clinical and translational research. NUCATS is a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium, part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The institute is also a founding member of the Regional Chicago CTSA Consortium, as well as an inaugural member of the Strategic Pharma Academic Research Consortium for Translational Medicine.
NIMSI seeks new solutions to meet the ever-increasing demand on rapid manufacturing and hyper-individualized needs. It addresses the complexity and scalability of manufacturing systems using predictive digital tools across length and time scales, and considers issues related to supply chains, energy use, sustainability, and economic and employment policy.
IPR is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute founded in 1968 at Northwestern University whose mission is to stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely—to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public. Currently, IPR counts 49 faculty fellows and more than 100 faculty associates and adjuncts drawn from more than 20 fields.
IPHAM is the nexus for all public health activities at the Feinberg School of Medicine. It aims to accelerate innovation at the interface of medicine and public health with measurable improvements for patients and populations.
ISGMH was founded in 2015 and is the first university-wide institute in the country focused exclusively on research to improve the health of the sexual and gender minority community.
ISEN's mission is to advance global sustainability and energy solutions through transformational research, interdisciplinary education, and public engagement.
The Center supports care for a broad range of cancer types thanks to its dedication to comprehensive research, a distinguished and dedicated faculty and staff, a world-class teaching program and its commitment to making ongoing advances in medical, surgical, radiation and interventional oncology.
NU-MRSEC advances world-class materials research, education, and outreach via active interdisciplinary collaborations within the Center and with external partners in academia, industry, national laboratories, and museums, both domestically and abroad. Its intellectual merit resides primarily within its interdisciplinary research groups and seed-funded projects that promote dynamic evolution of Center research foci.
The focus of the center is to do evidence-based, data-driven analysis to prove the relationship between customer engagement and purchase behavior. The center's research has included proving the financial impact of consumer behavior in social media, mobile devices, customer reviews, and more.
The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has a grand vision to catalyze cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaborations with broad scope and major impact on the HIV epidemic in Chicago. It seeks to realize this vision by serving as a national model for research to slow and stop the spread of HIV among young men who have sex with men.
Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) is a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government, and the public. NUTC was founded in 1954 to make substantive and enduring contributions to the movement of materials, people, energy, and information. In so doing, NUTC aims to influence national and international transportation policy, management, operations, and technological developments.
Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by Northwestern University graduate students and scholars. Each night will feature refreshments, a talk on data science techniques or applications, and a hacking night with data science projects or learning groups of your choice. Institutional support comes from the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and the Northwestern Data Science Initiative.
Northwestern IT Research Computing and Data Services provides campus researchers across all disciplines access to computing resources and consulting services to support innovative research. Facing a technical or computational challenge in your research? Start here.
SoS Chicago aims to create a shared regular meeting place for scientific exchange and discussion across different universities, and university campuses, and different methodological approaches, and scientific backgrounds.
The Department prepares the next generation of chemical engineering experts in a multidisciplinary and collegial culture that fosters the personal and intellectual growth of its community of student, staff, and faculty leaders.
Established in 1884, the department is a center for global excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research in chemistry. It has a long-standing commitment to collaborative research in the fundamentals of chemistry as well as exploring multidisciplinary connections in nanotechnology, energy sciences, catalysis, life processes, biological chemistry, material science, drug development, chemical and biological engineering, and environmental science.
Our students become leaders in education, industry, and government. Our research deepens the understanding of the underlying science and engineering practice of building and managing an efficient, safe, healthy, and sustainable infrastructure and environments, especially in urban areas.
The department explores the social, political, and cultural functions of communication as it occurs in diverse settings ranging from interpersonal interaction to global media. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods, the department’s teaching and scholarship explore communication practices, media, institutions, and arts as they shape agreement and dissent, competition and cooperation.
The department combines cutting-edge research and facilities with world-class faculty members, offering undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience not found at other universities.
The department provides a close-knit, collegial atmosphere for undergraduate and graduate study. Students enjoy intimate access to our internationally renowned faculty and the department is recognized for a supportive and collaborative atmosphere where research and teaching are pursued at the forefront of earth and planetary sciences.
The department offers an undergraduate major and minor, a special four year BA/MA, and a renowned Ph.D. program. Our faculty are widely published in leading academic journals and have been elected as fellows of prestigious professional organizations.
Electrical engineering is a broad discipline that is integral to many important societal application areas, including energy, information processing, and healthcare.
The core philosophy of the department is to apply mathematics to interesting and challenging problems relating to the world around us, specifically in engineering and the physical, biological, and social sciences, as well as to invent new mathematical methods to meet the challenges of new problems.
The department is engaged in award-winning research and teaching on financial markets and institutions, as well as the financial decisions of firms, individuals, and governments. The faculty is renowned for their theoretical and empirical work in a broad range of specialties, including asset pricing, corporate finance, capital market dynamics, household finance, macroeconomics, and econometrics.
The department conducts internationally recognized research in areas such as optimization, analytics, production & logistics, financial engineering, decision and risk analysis, organization theory & systems analysis, stochastic modeling and analysis, and healthcare engineering & decision sciences, while our degree programs equip students with analytical and organizational skills that lead to a wide spectrum of career choices.
Learning sciences advances understanding of the learning process and the design of innovative learning environments. This interdisciplinary, research-based field originated at Northwestern University, where the School of Education and Social Policy started the first learning sciences program in the world to help people develop the skills needed for an increasingly complex world.
The department was founded in 1965 through the efforts of an interdisciplinary committee that included representatives of African Studies, Anthropology, German, Industrial Engineering, Psychology, and Spanish. Since its inception, it has emphasized an integrated approach to both cognitive and social aspects of language.
The department is recognized as one of the top departments of its kind in the world. Faculty with diverse backgrounds in management and organizational behavior, strategy and organizations, industrial and organizational psychology, social psychology, and sociology, engage in cutting-edge research and world-class teaching in the science of management and organizational behavior.
For decades, the department has been the recognized leader in the discipline. Faculty research and expertise includes a broad range of topics, such as marketing analytics, consumer behavior and cultural marketing, advertising effectiveness, and the development of marketing principles and new products.
The department is recognized throughout the materials community for its outstanding educational and research accomplishments. We help provide students with the tools, experience, and adaptability to prosper—not only as new graduates but also throughout their careers.
The department pursues the mechanical engineering of the future. Students learn the fundamentals that enable them to dive into cross-cutting topics such as nanomaterials, advanced sensing, adaptive and responsive systems, rapid prototyping, molecular rotors, and biomechanical interfaces.
The department has an active research programs that span many areas of physics, from thermal effects in mesoscopic systems to the nature of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. In addition to recently renovated space in Dearborn Observatory and Northwestern's Technological Institute, our faculty use dozens of off-campus research facilities, from the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland, to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Now entering its second century at Northwestern University, Political Science is one of the largest departments within Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, with over 60 faculty, 90 graduate students, 550 undergraduate major and minors.
The department's faculty teaches courses and does research on relations between men and women, racial and ethnic groups, rich and poor, and workers and managers, and the feminist, civil rights, and labor movements that grow from them.
The Department offers an undergraduate degree with a strong emphasis on the application of statistical methods, a standalone program leading to the PhD degree, and a non-terminal MS for Northwestern graduate students enrolled in PhD programs in other departments. Faculty members have experience in applying statistics in medicine, public policy, large-scale surveys, social experiments, the law, accounting, finance, engineering, psychological and sociological research, and laboratory experiments.
The program is a hub for collaboration between 6 different departments. It is designed to prepare graduates for professional careers in science and technology, either in academics or in industry and allow students to complete their PhD studies in five years.
The program offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary PhD program that trains students in biomedical sciences while giving them the flexibility to pursue a variety of research interests, dual degrees and specialized tracks. The program has approximately 175 pre-doctoral students who share courses and labs with members of other life science programs at Northwestern.
The program offers doctoral student training across multiple disciplines within the health sciences, spanning from informatics and program evaluation to implementation science and outcomes research. It builds upon existing master's degree programs in these fields and incorporates new areas of strength in measurement and health behavior.
The program is grounded in the study of relations between public policy and human development. Faculty and students conduct research on how public policy affects human development and well-being, how research on human development across the life span informs policy, and how people affect policy.
NUIN is anchored in the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) on NU’s Chicago campus, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS), the McCormick School of Engineering, and the School of Communication on the Evanston campus, as well as the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. NUIN is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative program with numerous and diverse foci of research excellence. Emphasis is based on clinically relevant as well as basic research.
IBiS provides the resources and training environment necessary to promote the development of Ph.D. students into independent, creative research scientists and teachers. The program includes approximately 60 training faculty from diverse science and engineering departments on Northwestern's main campus, who are linked by common interests in addressing fundamental questions in the biological and biomedical sciences.
The MTS doctoral program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, and flexible curriculum focusing on the dynamic media and technology environment and its impact. The program encourages students to pursue their passion by designing individualized programs of study that incorporate relevant classes from across Northwestern University.
The program offers a premiere, multidisciplinary educational environment that trains graduate students for a variety of professional roles in public health, clinical care and health research. Our students capitalize on close interaction with faculty leaders and a range of outstanding students to advance their career goals.
Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) is a joint Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Communication that draws on Northwestern's strong support for interdisciplinary research, benefits from talented faculty who contribute to a tradition of collaboration, and attracts unique students who are eager for academic experiences that cross traditional departmental boundaries.