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ARTP Research Centers


The Advanced Materials Institute is a center that provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for characterization of the composition, structure, and properties of materials.

The Thermal Analysis Laboratory provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for the measurement of the thermal properties of materials in support of the educational, research, and public service missions of WKU for faculty and students requiring thermal analysis data.


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API is a multidisciplinary center performing research and development projects in Materials Science and Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental and Energy Technologies, Information Technology and Nanotechnology.

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The Biodiversity Center investigates and documents biological diversity at spatial scales ranging from local to global, across temporal scales to synthesize and disseminate diversity information to promote appreciation, comprehension, and conservation of biological resources.

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The Applied Center for Data Science (ACDS) page is currently under construction. Check back soon!

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The Biotechnology Center at Western Kentucky University was established to facilitate hands-on educational opportunities for Biology students and to provide technical and educational services for faculty research. It is home to a variety of molecular biology instruments.

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To train the next generation of engineers and technology leaders being ready to tackle the challenges of industry and society in 21st At CES, students develop relevant and real-world skills through successful delivery of industrial projects.

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The Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) is an interdisciplinary Center founded in the environmental geosciences with its focus at the nexus of climate, water, sustainability, and human-environmental interactions.

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The Crawford Hydrology Laboratory (CHL) is a nationally leading laboratory for groundwater flow investigations with an emphasis on, but not limited to, karst landscape/aquifer systems.

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The Kentucky Climate Center serves the public and the university by directing existing statewide climatology programs and services and by assisting academic researchers involved in meterology-related work. Also, the Center provides information on the impact of climate on a wide variety of human activities.

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SKYCAM is an acronym for Southern Kentucky Center for Advanced Microscopy, a center proposed to be housed within the ARTP. WKU has acquired a suite of advanced microscopes like the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Large Chamber – Scanning Electron Microscope (LC-SEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and a brand new Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (LSCM).

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The Disaster Science Operations Center (DSOC) integrates critical decision support and disaster security access and opportunities across public, private, government, and academic sectors through student-centered experiential learning and applied research..

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 Last Modified 8/7/23