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Centers and institutes contribute significantly to the research, teaching, and service priorities of the University. By attracting external funding, research-based centers and institutes provide opportunities for faculty and students to engage current or emerging problems in a search for new solutions. For more information, please contact the Office of Research Affairs at (916) 278-6402 or visit

College of Arts and Letters

  • Center for Practical and Professional Ethics
    Director, Russell DiSilvestro
  • North Central Information Center
    Director, Patrick Ettinger

College of Business Administration

  • Center for Small Business
    Director, Sanjay Varshney
  • Institute for Business Research and Consulting
    Directors, Sanjay Varshney and Hakan Oczelik
  • Real Estate and Land Use Institute (CSU system)
    Director, Jaime Alvayay
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
    Director, Seung Bach

College of Education

  • Center for Mathematics and Science Education (MASE) w/College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    Director, Judi Kusnick

College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Center for Information Assurance and Security
    Director, Isaac Ghansah
  • Office of Water Programs
    Director, Ramzi Mahmood
  • California Smart Grid Center
    Director, Emir Jose Macari
  • Center for Biomedical Device Development
    Director, Warren Smith

College of Health and Human Services

  • Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution
    Director, Ernest Uwazie
  • Center for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Director, Mary Maguire

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Education, Research and Advancement (CIMERA)
    Director, Thomas Savage
  • Center for Mathematics and Science Education (MASE) (w/College of Education)
    Director, Judi Kusnick
  • Center for Regional Environmental Science and Technology (CREST)
    Director, Susan Crawford
  • Center for STEM Excellence
    Director, Dean Jill Trainer
  • Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences
    Director, Michael Epperson/NSM Dean's Office

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

  • The Archaeological Research Center
    Directors, Mark Basgall and Michael Delacorte
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Research Center (APIARC)
    Director, Tim Fong
  • Center for California Studies
    Director, Steve Boilard
  • Center for Collaborative Policy
    Director, Susan Sherry
  • Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy
    Director, Nancy Shulock
  • Institute for Social Research
    Director, David Barker

Note: Centers and Institutes are added and removed from the list as funding and programs evolve. Please visit for the most current listing or contact David Earwicker at (916) 278-3668.