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At Appalachian State University, research, scholarship, and creative activity are fundamental to the mission of the university. Research, scholarship, and the production or performance of creative work - like teaching and service - are crucial to both the institution and the region that it serves. Through their work, Appalachian's faculty, students, and staff expand the boundaries of their academic disciplines, discover answers to real world questions, enhance the quality of life in the region, enrich the K-16 classroom experience, and contribute to economic development.

Featured Stories

Fossils from a new aetosaur species discovered in North Carolina

Fossils from a new aetosaur species discovered in North Carolina

Some 230 million years ago, a distant relative of the crocodile called an aetosaur roamed prehistoric Earth. Aetosaurs were about three to 15 feet long and covered head to toe with bony plates that served as a type of body armor. A series of recently discovered armor plates from North Carolina are distinct from any others previously discovered. Learn more>>

71 Appalachian students participate in 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

71 Appalachian students participate in 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

A total of 71 undergraduate Appalachian State University students representing 13 different departments/programs made research presentations at the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on the N.C. State University campus Nov. 22, 2014. Learn more>>

Carbohydrate found in pistachio nuts and other foods impairs athletic performance

Carbohydrate found in pistachio nuts and other foods impairs athletic performance

A recent study by David Nieman, DrPH, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, found that a special type of carbohydrate, raffinose, found in pistachio nuts and other foods reduced athletic performance when consumed prior to intense exercise. Learn more>>

Perfect lawns aren’t perfect for the environment, research shows

Perfect lawns aren’t perfect for the environment, research shows

Dr. Chuanhui Gu, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology, is the lead author of a paper published in the January issue of Journal of Environmental Management that indicates lawns and turf grass systems produce more greenhouse gases than they absorb. Learn more>>

Office of Research News

The Office of Research updates faculty, staff and students on opportunities for receiving external research funds, as well as to highlight the success of campus grant-writers ... Learn more

Creative Endeavors in the Visual & Performing Arts