Today's American colleges and universities perform the majority of the nation's basic research — the kind of research that not only seeks medical and scientific breakthroughs but also yields discoveries that positively impact our daily lives and drive the innovation economy.
At UCF, we conduct research of global significance in areas like computer science, alternative fuels, early cancer detection, stem cell technology and planetary sciences.
In the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, for example, cancer researcher Annette Khaled is working out innovative therapies and techniques to hunt down and kill cancer cells that leave the original tumors and travel to other parts of the body.
Research is costly, though, and federal funding for basic research is declining. That makes private support for research initiatives more important than ever — a vital element in the work of UCF's scientists, innovators and scholars as they pursue exciting lines of inquiry toward discoveries that make the world a better place.