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Research Centers

In addition to offering more than 110 bachelor and master’s degrees in more than 110 areas of study, doctorate degrees in 61 disciplines, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, NC State also boasts more than 55 research centers and institutes. In conjunction with the colleges, these research centers support a broad spectrum of more than 3,700 sponsored scholarly endeavors.

The Research Triangle Park

NC State is one of the three Triangle-area top-tier research universities along with Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within the 30-mile triangle formed by the three universities is The Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre research park founded in 1959 by leaders from academia, business and government. Today, The Research Triangle Park is home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge research based companies in the world.

The unique “Research Triangle” area of North Carolina has captured national and international attention. The “triangle” is formed by the three geographic points of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill that are home to the area’s top-tier research universities: NC State, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Because of this wealth of educational and research opportunities, the triangle contains one of the highest concentrations of Ph.D. scientists and engineers per capita, in the nation. The highly educated workforce in the Triangle is extremely attractive to companies, many of which engage in collaborative programs within the area universities.

Since it was established, The Research Triangle Park has witnessed a steady and stable increase in the number of companies and employees. Currently, there more than 170 organizations located in The Research Triangle Park. More than 40,000 people work in the Park, with combined annual salaries of over $2.7 billion. Organizations in the Park include government research laboratories of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Private companies such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Nortel, Cisco, and RTI International are located in the Park. Talented scientists, engineers and managers from RTP companies frequently hold adjunct faculty appointments in one or another of the Triangle universities.

Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies Center (ASSIST)

Dr. Veena Misra, Director

The mission of the Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies Center (ASSIST) is to transform health informatics, electronics, and biomedical engineering; to develop nanotechnologies for energy harvesting, battery-free energy storage, and ultra-low-power computation/communication; to integrate low power physiological and environmental nano sensors using biocompatible materials; to empower personal environmental and health monitoring.

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

Jacob Jones, Director, Analytical Instrumentation Facility

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) provides NC State faculty and students with the highest level of modern microanalysis instrumentation currently available as well as trained specialists to assist with teaching, training, instrument operation, and experimental design. The unique combination of extensive analytical instrumentation and specialized staff makes AIF a valuable asset to both teaching and research at all levels. AIF staff provides the expertise to access AIF’s state of the art analytical capabilities, conducts training and provide guidance to students. AIF is located in the Larry K. Monteith Engineering Research Center on the NC State Centennial Campus. This laboratory space, located in the mixed-use (private industry/academics) environment of Centennial Campus, provides the optimum environment for teaching, research and technology transfer. AIF analytical capabilities encompass analyses of materials including ceramics, metals, semiconductors, polymers, and biological materials. The Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (VPSEM), which can operate at high chamber pressure for charge neutralization, provides electron microscopy and EDS (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy) elemental analysis on uncoated non conductive samples including biological, polymeric, textile, and other materials. The VPSEM facility is used extensively by undergraduate students in a wide range of disciplines. AIF has extensive capabilities in the areas of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for high resolution surface topography measurement, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) for high resolution imaging of sample morphology, Field Emission Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (FE S/TEM) for atomic resolution imaging and chemical characterization, dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) for trace analysis, Time of Flight SIMS for spatially resolved molecular surface analysis, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectrometry (XPS, UPS) for chemical surface analysis, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) for crystallographic analysis and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) nanomachining for sample preparation and fabrication of nanostructures and a metallography laboratory. In addition, AIF has extensive facilities for specimen preparation for all of the above mentioned analytical techniques.

Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center (APWMC)

Dr. Mike Williams, Director
Box 7608, 212 Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608
phone: (919) 513-0469

The Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center (APWMC) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) was established in 1996. The APWMC primary mission is to support, conduct and administer programs for research, development and outreach objectives targeting environmental and social issues associated with animal production agriculture. Historically, this program has included establishment of research-based partnerships with land grant universities in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia, as well as with a number of agribusiness companies, environmental groups, and commodity associations in the food-animal industries throughout the world. APWMC current efforts are specifically targeting waste management technologies applicable for all food animal species, however the primary focus is on concentrated swine and poultry production. Broad topics include: a) air, soil and water quality protection impacting animals, production workers and society in general; b) animal and human health issues associated with pathogens of animal origin including zoonotic diseases; c) recovery of value-added products from animal waste/residuals (including energy); d) development and verification of economically feasible ‘environmentally superior technology’ per legislative mandates in N.C; and e) optimization of animal diet rations to lower feed costs and reduce environmental impacts.

Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC)

Dr. Fred Wright, Director

The mission of the Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC), under the College of Sciences, is to develop and implement methods for the management and interpretation of genomic data, with an emphasis on agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine. 

When the BRC at NC State University was founded in 2000, it was with the understanding that quantitative methods applied to massive datasets are essential to the comprehension of the genomic structure of even the simplest organisms. Since the creation of the center, those large datasets have only gotten larger, and the quantitative skills have become even more essential. The focus on the intersection between biology, statistics, and computer science makes the program unique. 

Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies

Dr. Kenneth R. Swartzel, Site Director

The Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS) was established in October 1987 to promote cooperative research between university and industrial researchers and to further scientific knowledge in areas of food and pharmaceutical aseptic processing and packaging. The mission and focus of the center is to conduct industrially relevant research directed at developing methods and technologies for the safe production of marketable, high quality aseptic and refrigerated extended shelf-life products. The center is funded by industrial members from the food processing and packaging industries and received support from the National Science Foundation and the universities involved. Students working on CAPPS projects will be exposed to industrial concerns and be given the opportunity to work first-hand with companies in solving problems and making practical application of their research. Cooperative research opportunities are available in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State and also at other universities, which are a part of the center.

Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology (CAAE)

Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, Director

The broad research directive of the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology (CAAE), under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is to assess and find practical solutions to water quality problems in North Carolina and the nation. The overall goal of the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology is to provide water quality research information needed by policy makers to augment regulatory and non-regulatory programs aimed at optimizing management and wise use of water resources from the perspective of protecting fish and human health. The Center’s specific objectives are (i) to conduct relevant applied research on freshwater, estuarine and marine resources of the State, with emphasis on chronic and acute impacts of nutrient over-enrichment and related pollution on harmful algal blooms (Pfiesteria and others), seagrass meadows and other critical vegetation habitats, fish populations, and mammalian health; (ii) to provide training and support opportunities for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows; (iii) to develop information databases that will contribute to environmental education and education outreach about the interdependence between ecosystem functions and natural resource management; and (iv) to serve as a focal point for the continuing advancement of research on toxic algae.

Center for Marine Sciences and Technolgy

Dr. Ronald Baynes, Director

The Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics performs scientific research on cutaneous function and structure focused on cutaneous toxicology, metabolism and pharmacokinetics and transdermal drug delivery, employing innovative animal and mathematical models and other predictive systems including cell cultures and novel analytical techniques. Current research is focused on the absorption of chemical mixtures and the toxicology of nanomaterials. This provides the necessary research base to support a rigorous graduate and post-graduate training program in comparative pharmacology and toxicology designed to produce health scientists for academia, industry and government. Besides laboratory research, CCTRP also operates the US and global Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD), performs the residue avoidance data analysis, and provides assistance to those who have questions about how to prevent residues in animal-derived food.

Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes

Robin P. Gardner, Director

The Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes was established at North Carolina State University in 1980 to advance the measurement use of radisotopes (and radiation) and to produce highly trained graduate students and postdoctoral professionals for that industry. CEAR's faculty, Post Docs, and graduate students continue to do research at the frontier of this area, which by its very nature applies to a very broad area of technologies and sciences. CEAR has had government contracts with the USAEC, NASA, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, EPA, NSF, NIH, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), NNSA/DOE, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and industrial contracts with EXXON, DuPont, Alcoa, Energy Technologies Inc (ETI), Amoco, Conoco, ARCO, Mobil, Halliburton, Baker Atlas, Weatherford, Teleco, Japan National Oil Company, Shell, Computalog, Pathfinder, and Hexion (now Momentive). While this area of research and application is primarily experimental by nature, CEAR has concentrated from the beginning on the mathematical modeling (especially by Monte Carlo simulation) that is essential to understanding and use of this technology.

Center for Research in Scientific Computation

H. T. Banks, Director

The Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) is a formally recognized, multidisciplinary center of the greater University of North Carolina System. The CRSC is administered by NC State and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The purpose of the center is to promote research in applied scientific computation and to provide a focal point for research in modeling, computational methods, and applied mathematics. Data-massive and/or computationally intensive problems provide ideal projects for training undergraduate and graduate students in applied mathematics. With a wide range of computational methodologies, students and post doctoral fellows address important issues in applications involving model development and control design.

Research topics of interest to CRSC faculty include a variety of problems in scientific modeling and computation, numerical analysis, and numerical optimization with applications to such areas as fluid mechanics and flow control, smart materials and structures, nondestructive testing, acoustics, material sciences and manufacturing processes, population dynamics, environmental sciences, signal processing, and a broad range of biomedical and biological modeling. The CRSC, in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics, sponsors a university/industrial research project program. The main goal of the Industrial Applied Math Program (IAMP) is to provide substantive non-academic research related experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral and faculty participants while contributing to the research efforts of industrial participants.

Center for Transportation and the Environment

Downey Brill, Director

The Center for Transportation and the Environment conducts programs of research, education, and technology transfer that seek to mitigate the impacts of surface transportation on the environment. Funded in part by the U. S. Department of Transportation and the North Carolina DOT, CTE is the only university transportation in the country that pursues ways to improve surface transportation systems while protecting the environment. CTE is considered a national resource for current information about transportation and environmental research, policies, and best practices. The center conducts an innovative and aggressive outreach program, using satellite- and computer-based technologies, to assist transportation and environmental professionals with their most critical information needs. For more information, visit CTE’s website.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Center for Electron Microscopy

J. M. Mackenzie, Jr., Coordinator, CALS Center for Electron Microscopy

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Center for Electron Microscopy occupies approximately 300 square feet in the basement of Gardner Hall. It is a centralized facility that services the ultra-structural needs of twenty-two departments. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Center for Electron Microscopy offers complete service support in all areas of Biological Electron Microscopy. The Center has a JEOL 5900LV scanning electron microscope, which has low vacuum capabilities and a JEOL 1200EX transmission electron microscope. The Center is equipped with all of the necessary biological, preparatory equipment including a Cressington Cryo-Fracture, Deep-Etch System.

The Center provides advanced digital imaging capabilities. We provide access for Macintosh, PC and UNIX based systems allowing transparent information transfer regardless of user’s platform preference.

Formal instruction is provided through the Microbiology curriculum for scanning electron microscopy and digital imaging. The Center also provides support, service, and training in advanced digital imaging. Advanced techniques and training in transmission electron microscopy and utramicrotomy are usually taught on an individual basis. The Coordinator invites any prospective users to discuss the most effective strategy for completing their imaging project.

Institute for Emerging Issues

Anita Brown-Graham, Director

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a public policy, think-and-do-tank at NC State University. Through research, ideas, debate and action, IEI is a catalyst for innovative public policy, engaging students, faculty and the private sector in its ongoing programs of work. Encouraging civic leadership in business, government and higher education, IEI frames future challenges for North Carolina by identifying and researching emerging issues, specifically around topics that relate to the state’s growth and economic development.

The Institute brings together new combinations of leaders to debate and refine ideas mobilizing and supporting champions through programs of work that turn ideas into action.

To learn more about IEI, please visit or call (919) 515-7741.

Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE)

Nagui M. Rouphail, Ph.D., Director

The Institute for Transportation Research and Education is an inter-institutional center of the University of North Carolina system. Chartered by the North Carolina General assembly in 1978, ITRE conducts transportation research and training for numerous public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels of government and private industry. Additionally, the Institute provides financial support and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines. The Institute is comprised of several specialty groups including public transportation, highway systems, visual analytic, modeling and simulation (VAMS) and pupil transportation. The Institute is also the home of the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and the North Carolina Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP), both federally-funded centers. To learn more about ITRE, please visit us at, or call us at (919) 515-8899.

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute

Steve Jackson, Director

The Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) Institute was established in 1984. IMSE provides multidisciplinary graduate-level education and practical training opportunities in the theory and practice of integrated manufacturing systems engineering at the masters level. IMSE focuses on providing a manufacturing presence and a program environment in the College of Engineering where faculty, graduate students and industry can engage cooperatively in multidisciplinary graduate education, basic and applied research, and technology transfer in areas of common interest related to modern manufacturing systems technology. The objective of the IMSE program is to offer students with traditional discipline backgrounds in engineering and the physical sciences an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the multidisciplinary area of manufacturing systems. Core areas of concentration are offered in manufacturing systems, logistics, and mechatronics, and bio and medical device manufacturing.

Nanofabrication Facility

M.C. Ozturk, Director

The NC State University Nanofabrication Facility offers NC State faculty and students the ability to fabricate micro/nano-structures and supports a large spectrum of interdisciplinary projects from different colleges and departments on topics including renewable energy, high speed electronics, memory, sensors and biotechnology. The facility is also open to users from other academic institutions and industry.  The use of the facility by local industry for research and development is especially encouraged.  The facility operates in a 7,400 sq. ft. Class 100/1000 clean room located in the Monteith Research Center of the Centennial Campus. The facility provides state-of-the-art equipment and processes for patterning via projection (193 nm and i-line), proximity and nano-imprint lithography, thin film deposition by physical and chemical vapor deposition, chemical and plasma etching, Si oxidation and doping, annealing and Si/SiGe Epitaxy by ultrahigh vacuum rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition.  Flexible equipment sharing programs enable both academic researchers and industry to install their tools in NNF space for shared use.  The facility is also used as a teaching laboratory for a variety of undergraduate and graduate level interdisciplinary courses offered in five engineering departments including electrical, mechanical, chemical, materials and industrial engineering.

Nonwovens Institute

B. Pourdeyhimi, Director

The Nonwovens Institute is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics through an innovative partnership of industry, government, and academe. The institute was established February 2007 to develop, educate, and train the next generation of industry professionals. The Nonwovens Institute serves the nonwovens and affiliated industries through research, training, product development, and test-bed facilities.

The research arm of the institute is the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC). NCRC was founded in 1991 as a State-Industry University Cooperative Research Center from matching grants from the National Science Foundation, the State of North Carolina, and the Industry. NCRC supports over 30 graduate students from engineering, textiles, and natural resources. The center provides opportunities to gain hands-on experience in nonwovens research to students studying toward various degrees. An undergraduate minor in the science of nonwovens is offered as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonwovens. Faculty members from NC State, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Akron, etc., are involved in several research projects funded by NCRC. Over 65 companies are industrial members. This includes the seven top roll goods producers representing over half of all worldwide sales in this area. Industrial members come from many countries including Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Canada.

Contact: EMAIL: and Website:

Nuclear Reactor Program

Ayman I. Hawari, Director

The mission of the Nuclear Reactor Program is to enhance, promote, and utilize the PULSTAR research reactor and associated laboratory facilities for research, teaching, and extension. Specialized facilities are available to university faculty, students, state and federal agencies, and industry. The laboratory contains the 1 megawatt steady-state, pool-type, PULSTAR nuclear reactor with a variety of associated academic, testing, and research facilities including: Distance Learning through Video and Internet Tele-conferencing; an ultracold neutron source, a neutron radiography facility; an intense slow positron beam facility; a powder neutron diffraction facility; a neutron activation analysis and radioisotope laboratory; a low level counting laboratory equipped with high purity germanium gamma spectrometers and beta liquid-scintillation systems; and a Cobalt-60 gamma irradiation facility.

The 50,000 square-foot Burlington Engineering Laboratory complex on the NC State campus houses the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the 1 MW PULSTAR Nuclear Research Reactor Facility.

Contact: e-mail:; website:; Phone: (919) 515-7294

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

NC State has been a sponsoring institution of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) since 1949. ORAU is a private, not-for-profit consortium of 97 doctoral granting colleges and universities which also manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORAU has principle offices located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and staff at 17 locations in 16 states. Founded in 1946, ORAU provides and develops capabilities crucial to the nation’s technology infrastructure, particularly in energy, education, health, and the environment. ORAU works with and for its member institutions to help faculty and students gain access to federal research facilities; to keep members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among members.

ORAU’s University Partnerships Office seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, travel awards to enable collaboration, and support for events (see

Through ORISE, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research at over 200 locations. Many of these programs are designed to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented groups pursuing degrees in science and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities can be found at Contact the NC State Councilor to ORAU for more information about ORAU programs or visit that provides a description of programs and opportunities along with the name and contact information of the NC State Councilor.

Plant Disease and Insect Clinic


The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic (PDIC) at North Carolina State University helps commercial growers and the public grow healthy plants by diagnosing plant disease and insect problems.  In consultation with faculty in Plant Pathology, Entomology, and cooperating departments, the PDIC recommends ways to treat or prevent plant disease and insect problems after diagnosis. The PDIC was founded in the Department of Plant Pathology as the Plant Disease Clinic in 1951. The Department of Entomology joined in 1970 to form the PDIC. The PDIC receives about 3,000 samples from North Carolina and other states each year for diagnosis. As a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network and the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, and in cooperation with state and federal agencies, the PDIC helps to detect new or unusual outbreaks of plant diseases and insects to safeguard plant health in North Carolina’s crops, landscapes, and forests. To learn more about the PDIC, please visit us at

Precision Engineering Center

Thomas A. Dow, Director website:

The Precision Engineering Center, established in 1982, is a multidisciplinary research and graduate engineering program dedicated to providing new technology for high precision manufacturing. Research activity in the PEC involves measurement and fabrication of optical, biological, electronic, or mechanical devices where the tolerances required for operation are on the order of 1 part in 100,000; that is, for a 25 mm (1 inch) long part the error must be less than 250 nm (250 x 10-9m). Components that require this technology include contact lenses and other optical components, hard disk heads for computer memory devices, integrated circuits, space telescopes, injection molding dies, bearings and gears. Current projects in the center involve development of new mechanical designs and control algorithms, novel actuators that include piezoelectric and linear motors, unique fabrication and measurement techniques and high-speed controllers to implement these concepts. With support from government and industry, the PEC pulls together faculty, staff, and students from across the university to develop new ideas and transfer those ideas to US industry.

Sea Grant College Program

Susan WHite, Executive Director
1575 Varsity Drive, Varsity Research Bldg.
Module 1NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-2454; Website:

The North Carolina Sea Grant College Program is a state/federal partnership program involving all campuses of the UNC system, and, as appropriate, other universities in North Carolina. Headquartered at NC State, NC Sea Grant also has regional extension offices in three NC coastal communities. Sea Grant combines the universities’ expertise in research, extension and education to focus on practical solutions to coastal problems. Graduate and undergraduate research opportunities are available through Sea Grant funded faculty researchers and through several different North Carolina and nationally-based fellowship programs.

Southeastern Plant Environment Laboratory— Phytotron

C.H. Saravitz, Director


The Southeastern Plant Environment Laboratory, commonly called the Phytotron, is especially designed for research studies on the response of biological organisms to their environment. A high degree of environmental control makes it possible to simulate the wide range of climates found in tropical, temperate and northern zones and is organized to allow many combinations of environmental factors to be studied simultaneously within the more than 60 growth chambers and greenhouses.  The Phytotron provides precise control of temperature, light, humidity, carbon dioxide, water, and nutrition for research projects.

The NC State Phytotron concentrates on applied and basic research related to agricultural problems encountered in the southeastern United States. Special facilities are available for plant pathology and air pollution problems, as well as temperature and pH controlled hydroponic units for root environment studies.  The facilities are available to the resident research staff, participants in NC State’s graduate research program, and visiting scientists.

Triangle National Lithography Center

Mehmet C. Ozturk, Director

Operating under the NC State University Nanofabrication Facility offers state-of-the-art lithography services. The facility is equipped with an ASML  193 nm wavelength deep-UV stepper capable of forming nano-structures down to a minimum feature size of 80 nm on 6 inch wafers.  Other lithography services include i-line projection lithography with a GCA stepper and contact/proximity printing with two Karl Zuss mask aligners that can handle sample sizes ranging from small chips to 6 inch wafers.  The 6" Karl Zuss MA6 aligner is capable of backside alignment as well.

Triangle Universities Laboratory

Calvin R. Howell, Director

TUNL is a laboratory for nuclear physics research, funded by the US Department of Energy. Located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, the laboratory is staffed by faculty members and students from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State. There is extensive collaboration between the participating universities and with visiting physicists from the United States and abroad. The accelerators are a 15-MeV tandem Van de Graaff accelerator and low-energy accelerators dedicated specifically to nuclear astrophysics studies. The newest addition to the TUNL accelerators is the High-Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS) at the Duke Free-Electron Laser Laboratory. Polarized and pulsed beams are available as well as cryogenically polarized targets. In addition, TUNL physicists perform experiments at major national and international nuclear physics facilities.

Water Resources Research Institute

Susan White, Director

The Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the University of North Carolina administers and promotes federal/state partnerships in research and information transfer on North Carolina’s water research needs. Located at NC State, WRRI serves all campuses of the UNC system and funds research conducted by faculty and students of senior colleges and universities in North Carolina. Findings from research funded by the Institute help local, state, and federal agencies make better decisions in managing water resources. Graduate and undergraduate research opportunities are available through WRRI funded faculty researchers and student internships are available through its partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. WRRI also sponsors students to present oral and poster presentations each spring at its annual conference.