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Centers & Institutes

The College is home to a wide spectrum and rich collection of specialized interdisciplinary institutes, centers and other initiatives.

Americas Center/Centro de las Américas

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.

Blandy Experimental Farm

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.

Center for American English Language and Culture

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. 


Center for Digital Editing

The Center for Digital Editing (CDE) promotes innovation, creativity, and accessibility in the fields of scholarly editing and digital humanities. The CDE is continuously exploring and developing new resources and insights as they relate to the following four elements: research and development, engagement, project consultation and development, and education.  As a result, the CDE provides a distinct concentration of resources, knowledge, and solutions essential to the conceptualization and development of digital editing projects as well as advancement of the field.

Center for German Studies

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. 

Center for the Liberal Arts

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.


Center for Poetry & Poetics

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.

Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

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.

Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Advises students regarding undergraduate research opportunities, national scholarships and fellowships.

College Science Scholars Program

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.

Democracy Initiative

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.

East Asia Center

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.

Echols Scholars Program

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. 

Environmental Resilience Institute

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 Equity Center

The Democracy Initiative’s Center for the Redress of Inequity through Community-Engaged Scholarship (aka the Equity Center) works to tangibly redress racial and economic inequity in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to the fundamental research mission, which will, in turn, reform institutional values, pedagogy, and operations. The Equity Center envisions universities that serve local communities by bringing rich research resources to bear on the work of redressing poverty and racial inequality, and also equip students to lead in building a just society.

Food Collaborative

The University of Virginia Food Collaborative works to promote research, teaching, and community engagement around issues of food, agriculture and sustainability.

Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

An interdisciplinary research center, the IASC studies through empirically grounded research the rapid and extensive cultural changes taking place in our world today.


Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures

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.

Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics

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.

Institute of World Languages

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) 

Learning Design & Technologies

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. 

Mellon Indigenous Arts Program

“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

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.

Mountain Lake Biological Station

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.

Nau Center for Civil War History


The Nau Center promotes scholarship, teaching, and public outreach regarding the United States in the era of the Civil War. 

Page-Barbour and James W. Richard Lecture Series

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.

Papers of George Washington

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.

Papers of James Madison

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.

Quantitative Collaborative (QC)

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 Collective

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.

Summer Language Institute

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. 

UVA Coastal Research Center

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.

UVA Climatology Office

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.


UVA Tibet Center

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.

Virginia Center for Computer Music

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.

Virginia Film Festival

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.  

Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

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. 


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