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UNCG centers and institutes strengthen and enrich programs around our core missions of research, service, and instruction.  They provide our faculty, staff, and students with greater research opportunities, facilities, and assistance, as well as enhance their involvement in public service and educational activities. Centers and institutes also have a strong positive impact on the economic development of the state by providing job opportunities, supplying technical assistance and training, fostering community development, and enhancing the transfer of new technology. The campus-wide, interdisciplinary centers listed below are housed within the Office of Research and Economic Development.


UNCG Research houses several campus-wide interdisciplinary centers.

Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research - The mission of the CBGHR is to increase knowledge, build capacity, and disseminate information in the health, biomedical, and biotechnological sciences to the Triad community.  Dr. Vincent Henrich directs this center.

Center for Geographic Information Science -  The Center for Geographic Information Science (GISc) is a research, education and outreach entity using GISc to analyze issues related to human and natural phenomenon. The Center works with both government agencies and private businesses, implementing GIS solutions to spatial problems. The goal is to realize creative and new applications.  Dr. Rick Bunch directs this center.

Center for New North Carolinians - The Center for New North Carolinians builds bridges among immigrant populations and existing communities throughout the state of North Carolina by providing outreach and educational programming, research and evaluation, information services, technical support, and immigrant and refugee leadership development.

Center for Translational Biomedical Research - Researchers at the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research conduct research to identify and evaluate bioactive ingredients from food, plants and traditional Chinese medicines for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer. This research entails chemical and metabolic profiling of bioactive components from a whole biological systems (metabolomics) approach. Other research examines cellular and molecular mechanisms of bioactive components, in order to address fundamental research questions that enhance our basic understanding of the contribution of bioactive components to human health and wellness, healthy aging, and disease prevention. Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou directs this center.

Center for Youth, Family & Community Partnerships - The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships bridges  research, policy, and practice to advance the health and well-being of  children, youth and families.  The vision of the Center is to engage partnerships to move toward a more just society in which respect and cooperation are the dominant unifying values and that sufficient opportunities are available for children, youth, and families in all communities to fulfill their potential and contribute to the well being of others.  Dr. Chris Payne directs this center.

Institute for Community and Economic Engagement - The Community Engagement Initiative in the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at UNCG was created in September 2008 to support excellence in community engagement across UNCG and with the greater community. Dr. Emile Janke directs this center.

North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center - The Center’s mission is to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and to serve as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. The Center promotes entrepreneurship across the campus and in the community through public service and community engagement, education, and research.  Mr. Bryan Toney directs this center.

SERVE - The SERVE Center’s mission is to foster empowered, information-rich pre-kindergarten to grade 12 educational systems by finding and translating the best current knowledge, generating new knowledge, and partnering with stakeholders to identify and apply best evidence to practice. It generates theory-grounded research, provides cutting-edge technical assistance, and disseminates high-quality information relevant to educational stakeholders’ needs. Its activities are national in scope but tailor-made to the needs of local and regional clients. States and districts regularly turn to SERVE for assistance in finding research to: guide decision making, use data more effectively, and conduct evaluations of programs. SERVE also provides customized evaluation and technical assistance services through contracts with states, districts, schools, and other clients. The center has provided services in migrant education, smaller learning communities, high school redesign, teacher growth and assessment, professional learning teams, reading and literacy, program and project evaluation, 21st Century Learning Communities, and technology applications in education. Dr. Terri Shelton acts as Interim Director for this center.


UNCG is also home to several other prestigious centers and institutes.

Center for Business and Economic Research - CBER performs high-quality applied research in economic policy and business practice, drawing on the expertise of the faculty of the Bryan School of Business and Economics. CBER’s goal is to use sound and objective research to serve the Triad community, and to assist in the economic development of our region.

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts - UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts provides support for campus and community literacy and creative writer education programs. The Center’s mission is to be a forum for multidisciplinary creative collaboration and to provide networking, assistance and encouragement for artists whose creative work originates with the written word.

Center for Health of Vulnerable Populations - The mission of the Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations (CHVP) is to improve the knowledge of health disparities in vulnerable populations through research, collaboration and education. This includes initiatives to alleviate those disparities, thus improving the health, access, quality of care and quality of life of vulnerable populations.

Center for Community-Engaged Design – The Center for Community-Engaged Design provides a nexus for a diverse group of people, ideas, and disciplines for the purpose of developing and applying new products, processes, technologies, and materials to interior environments.  Center for Community-Engaged Design provides a mechanism of support for Department of Interior Architecture faculty research by cultivating partnerships with design industry and practice in North Carolina and beyond, and by fostering an atmosphere of innovation and collaboration among faculty, students, and industry partners. Interior architecture students have opportunities to work on research and development projects with faculty and industry partners, as well as participate in internships.

Center for Natural Products and Drug Discovery - The Center, a division within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has the mission to create new knowledge regarding drug discovery, as well as computer-based methods used in drug design, and to disseminate this information to students, scientists, and the public through education, training, and research. New and existing methodologies are applied to design and prepare potential drug candidates. The Center serves as a resource for local pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, helping to foster and maintain strong university-industry relationships and collaborations.

Center for Women’s Health & Wellness - The mission of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness is to advance the health and wellness of all women and girls through collaborative research, educational programs, and community engagement.  CWHW has a strong emphasis on the promotion of positive health, quality of life and sense of well being for girls and women of all ages, from all backgrounds and communities. CWHW seeks to incubate and coordinate programs, research and education that support its mission.

Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness – The Institute’s vision is to improve the health and wellness of athletes through the translation of prevention research to effective policies and practices. Areas of focus include (a) alcohol and other drug education/prevention, (b) prevention of interpersonal violence, (c) development of stress management, decision making, and communication skills and (d) promotion of healthy relationships anvd emotional health. Their mission is to work collaboratively with a variety of organizations to provide educational resources and support through evidence-based programming, training, and research/evaluation to promote athlete health and wellness thereby fostering lifelong athlete development. The Institute accomplishes by providing valuable technical and research/evaluation support for organizations that serve athletes.

Music Research Institute - The mission of the Music Research Institute within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is to conduct research that advances the understanding of music and to share new knowledge for the good of society.  Toward that end, more than 40 research projects have been initiated in six areas: biomusic, neuroimaging, music-related hearing loss, music education, music performance, and ethnomusicology-ecocriticism. This cluster of topics, integrated into an overarching institute, provides for a rich array of multi- and interdisciplinary research involving many scholars from within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance across the university, and from local, regional, national, and international research communities.


Forming a Center

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