Research at UL Lafayette

Under the leadership and direction of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, we are responsible for overseeing University functions related to research and scholarship.

These include stimulating and supporting sponsored research, technology transfer and other economic development activities, the operation of the University Research Park and many of the research centers on campus. In addition, we are responsible for building strong, supportive alliances with local, regional, state, and national business, governmental, and industrial leaders that will result in bringing funding, equipment, services and other resources to the University.

In cooperation with degree granting colleges and academic units at UL Lafayette, we work to ensure that the University provides a setting in which quality research is initiated, nurtured, and completed.

Research News

NSF survey puts University in top 10 in U.S. for industry-funded research

UL Lafayette Research and Development graph

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is ranked 143rd in the nation for research and development expenditures.
UL Lafayette is also among the top 10 universities in the United States for research that’s funded through partnerships with business and industry.
Both pieces of good news can be found in the Higher Education Research and Development, or HERD, Survey, the National Science Foundation’s annual index of research expenditures. [Read More]

Other Research News

Louisiana C1 Extension Service to help state meet emissions goals

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will establish an extension service to help the state meet objectives for reducing carbon dioxide and methane emissions.
The Louisiana C1 Extension Service will be part of UL Lafayette’s Energy Institute of Louisiana. The research and policy institute is focused on energy development and usage. It houses several centers that collectively address a variety of energy issues and processes, including petroleum resources, clean technology fuel, and power usage and conservation.
The institute’s Louisiana C1 Extension Service will serve as a “bridge between science and application,” said UL Lafayette’s Dr. Mark Zappi, the institute’s executive director. The focus will be on carbon dioxide and methane, greenhouse gases that absorb heat from the sun and warm the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and methane are often referred to as single carbon, or C1, chemicals. [Read More]

State of the University: UL Lafayette sets record for R&D expenditures

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s research and development expenditures last year set a record at $164 million.
The total marks an “incredible” 165% increase in R&D spending at UL Lafayette in seven years, Dr. Joseph Savoie announced Wednesday during the annual State of the University address.
“We’ve had banner years throughout the past decade – and it looks like we’ll need to invest in bigger banners, because we’ve done it again,” the University president said.

The State of the University presentation to faculty and staff members is held each fall semester. In it, Savoie celebrated accolades and milestones from the past academic year. [Read More]

‘Educating for Equity’ researchers to focus on diversity strategies

This fall, a group of faculty and staff members at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will begin a professional development curriculum as part of a research-based initiative to examine diversity, equity and inclusion challenges in online and traditional learning.
UL Lafayette’s Office for Campus Diversity is leading the Educating for Equity Fellows program. The Louisiana Board of Regents is funding the two-semester initiative with a $20,000 grant. University faculty and staff members who apply and are selected to participate will represent many areas of campus.
“The cohort will form a community of practice – a group of faculty and staff on campus who learn from each other about what’s working well in their classrooms, student organizations and other cocurricular activities,” said Dr. Taniecea A. Mallery, the University’s executive director of Strategic Initiatives and chief diversity officer. [Read More]

Caffery Award winner researches cultures shaped by external forces

René Champagne’s interest in how cultures adapt to environmental or political changes earned him this year’s Jefferson Caffery Research Award at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Champagne won the Caffery Award for his research paper “Cajuns, Creoles, and the Impact of Americanization on Ethnic Identity in Louisiana.” The paper examines the evolution of race and ethnicity as a result of factors such as assimilation, and the resulting impact on cultural identity.
Champagne is a senior double majoring in French and Francophone studies and in anthropology.

The Caffery Award recognizes scholarly research by students who use primary source materials archived in Special Collections at UL Lafayette’s Edith Garland Dupré Library. Dupré Library and the University Library Committee administer the competition. [Read More]

Blanco Public Policy Center examines economics of child care

The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette examines the economics of early care and education in its most recent public policy brief.
“Blanco Center Policy Briefs” provide high-level summaries of issues relevant to policy makers and voters in Louisiana.
Evidence-based data and research in the “Child Care and the Economy” policy brief focuses on the impact of early care and education on the state’s workforce and businesses. [Read More]


University, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana sign partnership

A partnership between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will empower the state’s green energy landscape.
The focus on strengthening Louisiana’s renewable and traditional energy sectors is among a host of areas the new partnership will address. Other areas will include economic, workforce and community development, public health, and computing and information technology. [Read More]