Science and Technology Research Resources

Whether you are looking for science and technology research sources for a project, or you want to satisfy your intellectual curiosity, the place to start is with our scholars and Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) research publication. GCU and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology support excellence in academic examination across disciplines by maintaining organizations that advance scholarly investigation. Use these publications to explore ideas, analyze information and enhance your overall learning experiences.

Undergraduate Research and Design Program

The Research and Design Program (RDP) represents an exciting opportunity for students to engage in faculty research, design and development projects. Students can gain invaluable experience to help them find their purpose, follow their interests and increase their competitiveness for graduate and medical school programs, internships and careers. Students work alongside faculty in a wide variety of programs and can earn authorship on presentations and publications and attend professional conferences.

Smart Urban Fabrics (SMURF)

The central theme of this project is to connect various pieces of equipment to learn about the impact and trends of diverse factors and technologies on the surrounding urban fabric (environment, communication, visualization, knowledge transfer). We build systems that combine electronic, computer, sensory, engineering and software components.


The Performance Optimization, Wellness and Exercise Research (POWER) program is designed to contribute to research in the areas of health, nutrition, kinesiology, biomechanical analysis, sports performance and cognitive strength. Projects allow students to gain research experience while utilizing a variety of research-grade testing devices.

Canyon Neuroscience Center

The Canyon Neuroscience Center investigates both clinical and basic science questions relating to the function of the brain and nervous system. Our long-term focus is to address important neurological questions using different approaches, from human clinical studies to cell and molecular studies using tissue culture models.

Center for Antimicrobial Products

The emergence of drug-resistant microorganisms has posed immense public health problems, causing deaths worldwide in part due to the mutagenic nature of the bacterial genome. Desert plants synthesize a variety of secondary metabolites to survive adverse conditions of the arid zone. To leverage this diversity, projects span field work, antimicrobial studies and advanced chemistry.

Institute for Environmental Sustainability

Conventional science is far too rigid to solve some of the world’s most important problems such as access to clean water and maintaining a safe, healthy and sustainable environment. The overarching goal of this program is to find solutions to environmental problems through cross-disciplinary research projects. Projects span ecology and environmental science field work to advanced chemistry and sensors.

Anatomy and Biotechnology Group

The principal aim of the Anatomy and Biotechnology Group is to produce a database of cadaveric, histological photographs, art work and clinical pathological case development to be used in the creation of a human cadaveric photographic atlas. Additional long-term goals include completion of projects pushing the biotechnological limits of 3D printing, including the printing of biological materials and structures.

Student Workshops

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Cloud Workshop

This workshop envisions a next-generation cloud-based development environment where students can easily set up, build and deploy Enterprise Java and PHP/MySQL applications, all using cloud technology. Students gain experience using industry-leading technologies including Codenvy IDE, Redhat OpenShift, Spring Framework, Apache Tomcat, Lavacharts, Guzzle, Maven, Composer and GitHub.

The Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching

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The Center for Innovation and Research (CIRT) supports the development of creativity and critical thinking across a wide range of scholarly disciplines. This faculty-driven organization’s goal is to advance excellence in an integrated group of educators. For more information on CIRT, visit

Journal of Instructional Research

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CIRT publishes the Journal of Instructional Research (JIR) online annually. Readers can discover how to apply for grants, prepare for research and more. For more information on JIR, visit

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures that all research sponsored by GCU complies with federal regulations and meets the highest ethical standards. Find out how the IRB monitors and reviews research.

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