Research Centers and Institutes in the College of Ag Sciences

Agriculture and Environment Center

The center’s mission is to catalyze integrated research and engagement related to the impacts of land use and management on water and the environment.

Biomass Energy Center

The mission of the Biomass Energy Center is to coordinate and facilitate research and outreach across Penn State, building teams to address the complete value chain of biomass energy systems.

Center for Chemical Ecology

In 2005, Penn State researchers and facilities united as a center of excellence to promote collaborative research and graduate education in chemical and molecular ecology.

Center for Economic and Community Development

Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development helps create new opportunities for people living throughout Pennsylvania.

Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

Our work involves evolutionary biology, ecology, parasitology, microbiology, genetics, and immunology.

Center for Mastitis and Milk Quality Services

The Center for Mastitis Research conducts innovative mastitis research aimed at developing practical dairy herd preventive medicine programs, safe and effective animal health products, and improved management techniques for the dairy industry.

Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease

Our mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and education in the areas of Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis

The Center was formed in 1997 to develop and expand programs in toxicology and carcinogenesis at Penn State. Over the past ten years the Center has fostered the development of graduate and undergraduate programs in toxicology.

Center for Pollinator Research

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State is committed to developing and implementing integrative, multidisciplinary approaches to improving pollinator health, conservation, and management for ecosystems services through research, education, outreach and policy.

Center for Private Forests

The center focuses on applied research, education and outreach to students, forest landowners, the forest-products industry, loggers, conservation districts, agencies, land trusts, nongovernmental organizations and the public.

Center for Professional Personnel Development

Home of "Teach Ag!" at Penn State, the center is committed to the operation of a comprehensive program of professional personnel development for career and technical education.

Center for Reproductive Biology and Health

The Center for Reproductive Biology and Health at Penn State includes a group of faculty who are deeply committed to the improvement of reproductive health and function through integration of fundamental and applied research and dissemination of knowledge.

Center for Sports Surface Research

The Center for Sports Surface Research at Penn State is dedicated to the improvement of all sports surfaces. Through cooperative scientific inquiry the center's members expect to improve performance and safety on all sports surfaces.

Center for Turfgrass Science

The Penn State Center for Turfgrass Science has been at the forefront of cutting edge turfgrass research for decades.

E. coli Reference Center

The Center is the largest repository for E. coli strains in America. It holds more than 70,000 strains collected over the last 50 years from animals, humans, birds and environment.

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The College of Agricultural Sciences is among eight colleges participating in the Huck Institutes, which includes a network of institutes and centers of excellence, instrumentation facilities, and advanced graduate programs.

Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES)

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES) establishes a novel environment for accelerating solutions to persistently "wicked" landscape-level challenges centered on agriculture, food, and the environment.

Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE)

Faculty, staff, and students from the College of Agricultural Sciences lead and contribute to the important IEE work of advancing the University’s energy and environmental research missions.

Materials Research Institute

Penn State's MRI is a catalyst for multidisciplinary education and innovation in materials.

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)

One of four federally-funded regional centers coordinating rural development research in the United States, the NERCRD coordinates the initiatives of the rural development faculty from the 15 land-grant institutions in the Northeast region.

Northeast Regional Sun Grant Center

The Northeast Regional Center of the Sun Grant Initiative is a national network of universities and national labs partnering to help build a bio-based economy.

Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium

The NEWBio Consortium focuses efforts in eight areas: human systems, feedstock improvement, harvest-preprocessing-logistics, sustainability, safety and health, extension, education, and leadership-stakeholder involvement.

Penn State Law

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law conducts agricultural and shale law research and outreach activities with a specific focus on those issues of importance in Pennsylvania.

Social Science Research Institute

This institute addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international levels by bringing together researchers from different disciplines.

The Rock Ethics Institute

The Rock Ethics Institute promotes engaged ethics research, ethical leadership, and literacy at Penn State, and public outreach to address today’s moral challenges.

The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

At The Schatz Center, state-of-the-art research is conducted in forest genetics, genomics, and related areas. The Center provides training opportunities for undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. The Center also sponsors a colloquium, held biennially at Penn State's Mont Alto campus, which brings together researchers and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to discuss the science of current issues in tree genetics.

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600