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At the forefront: Powerful ideas

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At the intersection of inquiry and ingenuity, you'll find Kansas State University. Our research discoveries and breakthroughs land us among the best of the best. In fact, K-State is pushing forward to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025, and we're getting there — one idea at a time.

Our expert faculty conducts crucial research in more than 90 centers and facilities, allowing for $184.9 million in fiscal year 2014 research expenditures. As the nation's first operational land-grant university, K-State is dedicated to solving problems for our community, state and world. The university is a leader in global food systems, addressing the world's growing middle class and demand for quality, nutritious food.

We don't stop there. Our experts also are at the forefront of biosciences, animal health and tomorrow's technology. Among our key research areas:

  • Global food systems — We make the best use of our resources by addressing challenges in areas including beef, dairy cattle, wheat genetics, water resources and more.
  • Health and nutrition practices — Our focus on health and nutrition research, education and policies promote a healthier world in areas including sensory analysis, food products and exercise science.
  • Impactful technologies — We anticipate the physical and digital infrastructure necessary for next-generation technologies in fields such as early cancer detection, biofuel and high-performance computing.
  • Enhancing well-being — As a land-grant university, we pioneer education and outreach that improves lives and revitalizes communities. Our focus includes family and child development, prairie studies and architectural design.
  • Decoding nature — Our university has a strong foundation in decoding the natural world around us. We receive international recognition in areas including atomic, molecular and optical physics; environmental history; and ecosystem ecology.

Our ideas are making a difference, and the world is taking note. The U.S. Agency for International Development recently funded four Feed the Future innovation labs on campus, allowing K-State researchers to aid in reducing hunger and improving food security around the world. Additionally, K-State will work hand-in-hand with the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, which is currently under construction adjacent to the Manhattan campus by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Our research interests may be vast, but our focus is narrow — solving problems, one idea at a time. That's the Wildcat Way.