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UT Tyler Recognized by Carnegie with New Doctoral Research Classification

January 24, 2019

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Senior Director of Media Relations
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler announced this week that for the first time, the Carnegie Classification has designated UT Tyler in a Doctoral Universities category. The group includes all the previously titled R1 and R2 universities, as well as the new Doctoral/Professional Universities Category, where UT Tyler is designated.

UT Tyler is one of only 162 universities in the nation to hold this designation. Factors that are considered in the classification include total research expenditures and number of doctoral degrees conferred.

"Our East Texas-focused research is what sets UT Tyler apart. We are pleased to see our strategic focus on research being recognized by Carnegie," said UT Tyler President Dr. Michael Tidwell.

In 2018, UT Tyler unveiled a five-year strategic plan that included research/scholarship as a key pillar. As a part of the University's vision to be the educational and economic driver of East Texas, Dr. Tidwell has challenged faculty to conduct research that benefits East Texas. This spring, the UT Tyler East Texas Research Conference will showcase that research. UT Tyler has also recently strengthened its Office of Research and Scholarship and Office of Community Engagement to find new ways to put UT Tyler's intellectual assets to work for East Texas businesses and schools.

UT Tyler research engages students, serving as a bridge between classroom learning and community impact. Applying social science to political engagement, Dr. Mark Owens, assistant professor of political science, worked with students to conduct the nation's most accurate poll for the Texas U.S. Senate race.

Aiding East Texas' robust healthcare and medical services industry, UT Tyler research is contributing to life-saving innovations. Dr. Premananda Indic, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is creating a wearable biosensor system to address life-threatening events in infants of rural areas where healthcare access is limited. In the fight against cancer, Dr. Dustin Patterson, assistant professor of biochemistry, is examining the ability to construct nonpathogenic delivery agents that can be programmed to deliver drugs, such as chemotherapeutics, directly to cancer cells and thereby eliminating drastic side effects.

"This distinction is a major milestone in the history of UT Tyler, stemming from the growth in our doctoral programs and research portfolio. We are producing highly-skilled doctoral graduates who are strengthening the economic fabric of our region," said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs.

UT Tyler currently offers doctoral programs in nursing, human resource development and clinical psychology as well as the pharmacy doctorate and doctor of nursing practice. Faculty from every UT Tyler college (Soules College of Business, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Fisch College of Pharmacy, Education and Psychology, Nursing and Health Sciences) conduct funded research projects.

For more information on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, visit http://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.