From the President

Georgia State is breaking ground and breaking through on its way to becoming an eminent research university

MarkBeckerilloColor_FINALWe’ve broken a lot of university records in our Centennial year, records in freshman applications and enrollment, number of graduates and graduation rates, fund-raising and more. Another important record we set was in research as we pursued our goal of becoming one of the nation’s premier urban research institutions.

Georgia State University researchers received $71.2 million from external funding agencies in fiscal year 2013, marking the second straight year of record-breaking research funding. This outstanding achievement, during a time of diminishing federal research funding, is a testament to the quality and expertise of our faculty.

In what is the largest grant in Georgia State history, the university’s School of Public Health and its partners will receive $19 million over five years from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health to establish one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science.

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, a research endeavor of seven metropolitan Atlanta colleges and universities, has been elevated to the newest university-level research center at Georgia State.

This new designation elevates the university’s position as a home for the best researchers in neuroscience and allows the center to continue its work in research and neuroscience education from kindergarten to the college level.

Perhaps the most visible component of our research portfolio growth is the expansion of our Research Park. We will soon break ground on second tower of the park, which will be dedicated to science research and will be adjacent to the Petit Science Center at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue. It will provide a flexible space and design that encourages collaborative and interdisciplinary research and will be a transformative facility that drives economic growth by supporting groundbreaking discoveries.

Our strategy to pursue leading researchers and put them together in multi-disciplinary teams to address the major problems and issues of the day is clearly paying off. Our faculty and researchers are pushing back the boundaries of what is already known, and discovering new pathways to breakthroughs that will change the world.



Mark P. Becker