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Research Centers & Institutes

UMass Lowell research centers differ from one another in focus and scope, but each contribute in unique ways to the common goals of expanding knowledge, generating new discoveries, and having a positive impact on society through informing policy and systemic change. Interdisciplinary collaborations are promoted by the research centers both within the university and among institutions external to UMass Lowell. 

Engagement Centers

UMass Lowell Engagement Centers make a significant impact on the community or world either through activities or education.
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Center for Community Research and Engagement

Since 1994, the Center for Community Research and Engagement (CCRE) has conducted research and activities aimed at improving higher education engagement with diverse families, organizations and communities. CCRE promotes and facilitates community-based research and multidirectional learning as strategies to advance social justice, to enhance community well-being and to galvanize the role of community-university partnerships as instruments of positive change. 

  • Over $15 million funding from federal, state and foundation sources raised in the last decade.
  • A $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds research to prevent asthma-related deaths and sickness among the elderly.
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Jack & Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities

Founded in 2005 and funded by the Jack Kerouac Estate, the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities strengthens the interdisciplinary study of American culture by facilitating ties between the fields of English, history, philosophy, cultural studies, art, music, sociology and economics. The center, which houses a priceless collection of Kerouac’s personal belongings, holds an annual literary and music festival attended by people from all over the world.
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Center for Public Opinion

The Center for Public Opinion advances UMass Lowell's academic and strategic objectives through cross-disciplinary research related to political and public opinion trends and behaviors, as well as through distinctive, revealing public opinion polling, providing students, faculty and visiting scholars access to public opinion research. Subjects of study span political, social, economic and cultural issues.

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Tsongas Industrial History Center

A partnership between UMass Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park, the Tsongas Industrial History Center educates students and teachers from across the country about the American Industrial Revolution through hands-on activities and tours of the sites where history and science happened. The center inspires connections with and understanding about America's industrial past, present and future using Lowell's unique resources.

From 2006-2013, the Tsongas Industrial History Center hosted summer teacher workshops called Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution, through the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture program. In 2013, the TIHC received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish a website for teachers as part of the NEH Digital Dissemination project.