Centers & Institutes
The College is home to a wide spectrum and rich collection of specialized interdisciplinary institutes, centers and other initiatives.
The Americas Center/Centro de las Américas promotes the interdisciplinary study of the arts, cultures, histories, and societies of the Americas at UVA, bringing together diverse scholarly communities of faculty across the College and the University working in American studies, Latin American studies, and Latino/a studies.
Located two hours from the University near Boyce, Va., the Farm advances the understanding of the natural world through research, education, and public outreach. Home of the State Arboretum of Virginia.
English as a Second Language (ESL) services at the University are offered through CAELC, which is charged to provide leadership on ESL/intercultural communication issues and to help members of the U.Va. community attain the linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States.
The interdisciplinary Center seeks to build on the long and significant history of transatlantic and German-American relations by drawing on the University's strengths across the humanities and social sciences.
Providing programs since 1984 for K-12 teachers to increase their knowledge of the content they teach, the Center is associated with offerings in a wide array of disciplines, including Architecture, Art, Classics, English, French, German, History, Mathematics, Politics and Spanish.
Affiliated with the Department of Media Studies, the Center's mission is to broaden and deepen our understanding of civic engagement and democracy in a rapidly changing media environment. It produces and provides a variety of programs, projects and classes, including publication of The Virginia Quarterly Review.
The Center for Poetry & Poetics seeks to enhance the study and understanding of poetry in our global age, through its support for conferences, colloquia, visiting speakers, and graduate and undergraduate participation in the study of poetry.
Serves as a resource for research and scholarship in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The center supports teaching, research, curriculum development, community outreach programs and university-wide activities.
Advises students regarding undergraduate research opportunities, national scholarships and fellowships.
College Science Scholars is a program for exceptional students of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental sciences, mathematics, physics and psychology, designed to give each student individual attention and opportunities for close interaction with faculty conducting research at UVA.
Led by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the Democracy Initiative brings together scholars, experts, and government leaders to examine the challenges facing democracy at home and around the world.
Founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and student interest in East and Southeast Asia, the interdisciplinary Center sponsors a speaker series and travel grants, promoting activities and events related to Asia.
The Echols Scholars Program is predicated upon the Jeffersonian ideal of freedom of inquiry and the development of critical thought. It offers special opportunities to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences considered to be the University's most intellectually curious, broad thinking, and self-motivated students and its most avid learners.
The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is the hub of environmental resilience and sustainability research at the University of Virginia. ERI builds a diverse and collaborative community to accelerate the rate of discovery, trains the next generation of leaders in integrative research, and develops external partnerships to translate research findings into policy and practice. Over 100 faculty from 10 UVA schools are affiliated with the Institute.
The University of Virginia Food Collaborative works to promote research, teaching, and community engagement around issues of food, agriculture and sustainability.
An interdisciplinary research center, the IASC studies through empirically grounded research the rapid and extensive cultural changes taking place in our world today.
Promotes the mission of the humanities, locally and globally, as a vocation in teaching, a central area of research, and an indispensable civic ideal. The IHGC's audience stretches throughout the humanities and sciences.
Solid Polarized Target Group: Our research program is at the forefront of the studies of the fundamental properties of the nucleons, i.e. the proton and neutron, which are the two building blocks of the atomic nucleus.
The Institute for World Languages aims to place the learning of languages at the forefront of a shared educational mission and to provide new opportunities for collaboration in research, instruction and outreach activities in languages and cultures. (website forthcoming)
The A&S Learning Design & Technology team is a faculty support group created to collaborate with and support faculty as they explore how to incorporate innovative pedagogies and instructional technologies into their courses.
“The Indigenous Arts of Australia and the Americas: Object-based Research and Curatorial Skill for a New Generation” (2016-2020) is a broad multi-year initiative funded in partnership by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the Provost’s Office.
Miller Arts Scholars is an interdisciplinary arts program comprised of student researchers, creators, interpreters, collaborators and advocates actively engaged in the arts within the College of Arts and Sciences, offering students increased access to resources and distinguished arts faculty at UVA.
A residential research and teaching field station on a southwestern Virginia mountaintop, MLBS draws biologists and students from around the world to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians.
The Nau Center promotes scholarship, teaching, and public outreach regarding the United States in the era of the Civil War.
Founded in 1907, the Page-Barbour Lectures may be related to any field in the arts and sciences, seeking to present "some fresh aspect or aspects of the department of thought" in which the lecturer is a specialist. The James W. Richard Lectures specialize in religion or history.
Established in 1968, the grant-funded project was created to publish a comprehensive edition of George Washington’s correspondence. The complete edition will include about 90 volumes.
Established in 1956 to publish annotated volumes of the correspondence and writings of James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution" and fourth president of the United States.
Supports and enhances the work of social scientists and graduate students who employ quantitative methods to analyze social behavior and pursue research questions of common interest.
The Power, Violence and Inequality (PVI) Collective in the College of Arts & Sciences brings together scholars, students, and others in the University community and beyond to advance research, mentorship, and teaching focused on violence rooted in power and inequality, and to foster collaboration in those areas across disciplines, methods, and university units.
An interdisciplinary center that coordinates and promotes the study of South Asia – including academic studies, outreach programs, and research relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet.
A summer language school offering eight-week courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan. Students attend classes five days a week, seven-and-a-half hours a day.
Located in Oyster, Virginia, the Center provides facilities to support a wide variety of research activities in the coastal bays, salt marshes and barrier islands of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Part of the Department of Environmental Sciences, this research and service unit provides government, educational, industry, media, and individual clients with information on the impact of weather and climate on economic and ecologic systems.
Established in 2008, this Center connects Tibetan Studies scholars around the world to advance collaborative research and offers Tibet-related courses, cultural programs, speaker series and community engagement.
Seeks to promote a creative atmosphere and to provide a wide variety of tools to aid engineers, programmers and composers with interactive computer music, multichannel digital audio and other areas of development.
For more than 25 years, this annual fall celebration of movies has featured first-run features and timeless classics, high-profile industry insiders and up-and-coming stars, as well as filmmakers from Virginia and beyond.
Now a full-fledged academic department in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Institute promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative research and interpretation of the African and African-American experience in a global context, and administers UVA's undergraduate major/minor degree in African-American and African Studies.