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Research Institutes & Facilities

Research Institutes & Facilities

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Get closer to the stars at our mountaintop Meyer-Womble Observatory. Join the search for a cure at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Our research institutes and facilities foster exploration and discovery.

Chester M. Alter Arboretum
Chester M Alter Arboretum

The 125-acre campus-wide arboretum, was named on April 30, 1999 to recognize Alter's work and influence as the twelfth chancellor of the University, and also for his love for trees. The arboretum comprises almost 2,000 trees representing more than 125 species. Visit our website at

Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering is a unique partnership between the faculty of several departments of the University of Denver interested in nanoscale science and technology. It combines the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. We are also expanding the Center to involve local and national companies interested in participating in our research and teaching endeavors.

Eleanor Roosevelt Institute

The Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at the University of Denver was founded on the belief that biomedical, molecular and genetic research are the most effective long-term approaches to the eventual conquest of human disease.

It is our mission to seek an in-depth understanding of the process of life and through this understanding, work toward unlocking the mysteries of human health and disease.

Mt. Evans Field Station

Nestled in mature subalpine forest of the Arapaho National Forest near Echo Lake and the junction of Colorado State Highway 5 and 103, the Mt. Evans Field Station is available year-round to academic groups and individual researchers with interests in high-altitude environments of the Colorado Front Range.

National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

The NLECTC System works directly with federal, state and local government agencies; community leaders; and scientists to foster technological innovations that result in new products, services, systems and strategies for the nation's criminal justice professionals.


Astronomy at the University of Denver has been active since 1880, in the pursuit of research, teaching and community outreach. There are two DU observatories, the Meyer-Womble Observatory located on Mt. Evans and the historic Chamberlin Observatory located in Observatory Park, Denver.

Rocky Mountain Center for Conservation Genetics and Systematics

The Rocky Mountain Center for Conservation Genetics and Systematics was officially opened in June 2003, following a joint initiative by the University of Denver and the U.S. Geological Survey. It is dedicated to the application of genetic theory and techniques to the conservation of biological diversity and to the investigation of phylogenetic relationships. In addition to the University of Denver and the U.S. Geological Survey, affiliated organizations include the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Zoological Foundation.

Rocky Mountain Center for Homeland Defense and Preparedness
Rocky Mountain Center for Homeland Defense and Preparedness

Our founding director, Andrew Ternay, recognized the importance of homeland security and defense a year prior to 9/11 and understood that some concerns are region-dependent and, thus, vary across the nation. The Rocky Mountain Center for Homeland Defense & Preparedness (RMCHD&P) is a part of the University of Denver and was created to address many of the issues which impact the Rocky Mountain west. Our mission is to be the region's Center of Excellence for protection against, and response to, such disruptions--no matter the ultimate source of the challenge. We shall aid in the safeguarding of this country through our scientific and technical leadership, responsive multidisciplinary programs, technical support, expert advice, and our desire to bring other interested parties together in reaching these goals.

High Performance Computing

Faculty, staff, and students have access to the HPC cluster for high performance computational research. For more information about the specifications of the HPC, current software installed, and job queue information, please see