Thank You Faculty, Staff & Students

University receives prestigious designation as a top-tier research institution

The University of Memphis has been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, putting the UofM in the top tier of research universities nationally. This milestone solidifies the University as one of two flagship public institutions in Tennessee. Carnegie R1 status is a credit to the vision, work ethic and dedication of the faculty, staff and leadership at the UofM. In addition to placing the UofM in a position to receive larger research grants, Carnegie R1 status has a significantly positive impact on the overall perception of the University. It increases the value of a degree, serves as an impressive recruiting tool and builds on the already extraordinary sense of pride within the UofM community. The criteria for Carnegie R1 evaluation includes research expenditures, grants received, degrees awarded in four doctoral areas and the amount of post-doc and non-faculty researchers employed. Both aggregate and per-faculty member measurements are considered.

“I want to thank our research faculty, staff and students who embraced our aspirational goal and responded,” said Jasbir Dhaliwal, UofM executive vice president of Research and Innovation. “It was heartening to see how they took it upon themselves to search out, compete and secure external research funding for their research ideas, efforts, labs and students. Never in my 30 years as a professor have I seen an entire campus mobilize so positively and passionately around a common goal.” 

Read the full press release here.