Chapman Forward

A Research Publication of Chapman University

of earth and sky illustration

Of Earth and Sky

With their creative approach to collaborative projects, artists Claudine Jaenichen and Lia Halloran help us find our way in worlds full of change.

students with the synchrotron

Beam Time

During an intense 72-hour window at a national lab, Chapman geochemistry students pursue environmental insights using the most powerful X-rays on earth.

aharonov effect

The Aharonov Effect

Whether collaborating with renowned colleagues or brainstorming on the fly, the award-winning physicist turns big ideas into quantum breakthroughs.

Research on the Rise

Since 2006, publications by Chapman University faculty have climbed by a factor of 10, while research expenditures have quintupled. That upward trajectory continued in fiscal year 2018-19.


federal research expenditures


number of proposals

140,000 square feet

Size of new Keck Center for Science and Engineering, the largest building project in Chapman’s history. With its opening in June 2018, the Keck Center heralded a new era for innovation in science and technology.

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Keck center interior

Amount of the largest federal award granted to Chapman, by the National Institutes of Health.

Number of faculty in the Million Dollar Club, recognizing those who have received more than $1 million in external support for their research.

Percentage of students who work with a faculty member on a research project


Thomas Piechota, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research

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Achieving National Recognition

This past year, Chapman achieved the milestone of an R2 designation as part of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The promotion not only recognizes the University’s robust growth in research and scholarly and creative activity, but it opens doors to enhancements that will improve student experience and opportunities. This will help Chapman recruit top faculty and students, broaden and enhance competitiveness, and attract new partnerships to support economic development. Continue Reading.

Chapman University's Brain Institute

Do We Control Our Actions?

It’s a faculty biography on an institutional webpage–typically not a source for gripping prose. But here we find compelling passage into a scientist’s world. “You experience it to be within your power to stop reading...