Research--in addition to teaching and public service--is a primary mission of the University. A strong research program strengthens both undergraduate and graduate education by building the body of knowledge and experience on which both are based.
For undergraduate instruction, research brings to the classroom enthusiasm, practical experience, and up-to-date laboratory equipment, as well as opportunities for honors thesis topics and participation in research programs. For graduate programs, research furnishes thesis topics, stipend and tuition support, and experienced faculty to train students as the next generation of researchers. Penn State’s national academic reputation depends greatly on research publications and other scholarly activities of the faculty, whose combined teaching, research, and public service efforts are the hallmarks of a major university.
INVENTIONS AND PATENTS---Patentable discoveries made by University faculty, staff, and graduate students that involve the use of University funds or facilities are the property of the University. Both undergraduate and graduate students fall within the University staff category whenever they are employed in connection with institutional research projects. Patents, with the inventors sharing in the royalties, are administered in the public interest by The Penn State Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization made up of faculty, alumni, industry representatives, and members of the University Board of Trustees. Royalty income is shared between inventor, the organizational unit, and The Penn State Research Foundation. The Penn State Research Foundation’s share is used to foster the advancement of technology transfer and research at the University.
For information, see www.research.psu.edu/ (Opens New Window)