Visit any of our Research Centers today to learn more about - and get involved in - the cutting edge activities taking place at SFA!
The Waters of East Texas (WET) Center conducts research and assessment projects on water related resources, ecosystems, and issues in the east Texas region. Expertise within the WET Center is multidisciplinary and includes wetland function and restoration, surface hydrology, water quality assessment, aquatic toxicology, aquatic biology fish population assessment, GIS applications, remote sensing applications, soil sampling and analysis, and wildlife assessment. Initial start-up support provided by the Research Development Fund
The Center for Regional Heritage Research is a community of scholars and researchers from SFA and across east Texas who investigate and document the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Together, they have expanded the capacity of SFA to conduct research in several vital fields, including historic preservation, archaeology, geography, heritage tourism, resource interpretation, and community development. Initial start-up support provided by the Research Development Fund
The National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops (NCPC) of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is a pioneer in pharmaceutical crop research in the United States. Research goals include improving human health by discovering novel anti-tumor and antiviral agents from native plants, enhancing U.S. security in strategic pharmaceuticals by reducing dependency and vulnerability on foreign supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and revitalizing the U.S. and Texas rural economy by developing high-value pharmaceutical crops. Operations supported in part by the Research Development Fund
The STEM Research and Learning Center conducts cutting-edge research on activities designed recruit students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and prepare them academically to enter STEM careers. The Center's mission iis to promote the STEM disciplines, in general, including comprehensive areas of STEM education such as EC-12, higher and graduate education, and workforce and industry-related fields. Initial start-up support provided by the Research Development Fund
The mission of the Rural Social Work Research and Development Center is to support faculty and students in research activites that foster the development of community-based social services and the leadership capabilities of rural service providers.
Dedicated to interdisciplinary research, the University has recently acquired a Joel ECS 400MHz NMR Spectrometer. Supported by the Research Development Fund
Since 1985, the Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory (AAL) has provided student training and teaching opportunities through field and laboratory work, conducted archaeological research in Texas and adjacent regions using existing collections and through public outreach, provided outreach services that educate the general public about anthropology and archaeology, provided cultural resource management (CRM) services to federal, state, local, and private agencies, and furnished long-term care for collections that are "Held-in-Trust" for the people of Texas and the United States.
The Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory is charged with developing soil tests for the unique acidic, low fertility soils of the East Texas region. Since opening in 1952, the Lab has run over 200,000 soil samples, approximately 50,000 forage samples, and hundreds of other special tests of water, soil, broiler litter, plants, and waste materials used by the homeowners and agriculture related businesses of the East Texas region. The Laboratory has numerous analytical procedures and instruments which can measure many elements in various materials, and which may be of value to researchers in several disciplines across the SFA campus. Supported in part by the Research Development Fund
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The SFA Gardens is a 62-acre horticultural resource for the SFASU community and East Texas region, which includes the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The mission of SFA Gardens is to promote the conservation, selection and use of the native plants of Texas, promote plant diversity in the landscape, serve as a living laboratory for SFA students and faculty and the nursery and landscape industry, and provide an aesthetic and educational environment for students, visitors and local citizens.