PROFILES in RESEARCH
Research Vitality at UC Santa Barbara
- UCSB’s faculty boasts six Nobel laureates in chemistry, physics, and economics (http://nobelprize.org/).
Numerous other faculty honors include National Medals of Science, a National Medal of Technology, a National Medal of the Humanities, a Millennium Technology Prize, and the Humboldt Research Award. Thirty-one professors are elected members of the National Academy of Sciences; twenty-four are members of the National Academy of Engineering; and two have been elected to the Institute of Medicine.
- As one of only 62 institutions in the American Association of Universities, UCSB stands among the top 1.5 percent of all universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.
- The majority of UCSB’s extramural funding comes from the National Science Foundation. Reflecting its intellectual strength, UCSB is among the top 25 NSF-funded universities.
- The campus is home to over 100 interdisciplinary research centers, groups, institutes, and laboratories. Of these, 12 are national research centers, eight of which are funded by the National Science Foundation.
- UCSB ranked 4th in the nation for citation impact from 2005 to 2009, according to an analysis of U.S. university research by Thomson Reuters, and is one of only six universities to have held one of the top five places in the impact rankings since the 1980s.
- The campus is 2nd in the United States and 6th in the world in materials science and engineering, according to 1996–2006 rankings based on citations in scholarly publications and released in January 2007 by Science Watch, a publication of Essential Science Indicators. UCSB is 2nd in the world in citations per paper in the same period.
- Materials research at UCSB ranks second in the world in terms of citation impact based on research indexed in Web of Science from 2001 to 2011.
- In 1995–2005, UCSB Physics ranked 4th among U.S. universities and 9th in the world in total citations, and 1st in the world based on citations per paper. Science Watch also ranked UCSB 2nd nationwide in ecology/environment in 2008 and 6th in quantum computers in 2010.
- The finest young professors in academia choose UCSB. The campus ranks 3rd in the country—behind Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology—in the percentage of its assistant professors who receive prestigious research awards from the NSF and three private foundations. These organizations—the Arnold and Mabel Beckman, David and Lucile Packard, and Alfred P. Sloan foundations—award fellowships in science and engineering to researchers early in their faculty careers.
- In 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked UCSB 11th in its annual listing of the Top 50 Public National Universities, and listed UCSB’s College of Engineering 34th among the Best Undergraduate Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate. The Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2009 ranked UCSB 27th among U.S. universities and 35th among world universities.
- UCSB is home to the California NanoSystems Institute, which facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to develop the nanoscience technologies that will dominate science and the economy in the 21st century.