Centers for Research and Outreach
UMass Lowell's centers and institutes provide focus for innovative, multi-disciplinary work that connects research to real-world problems. Our faculty and students participate in the administration, operations, research, and programs at the centers listed below. FAHSS centers also provide opportunities for student internships and practicum placements.
Center for Art & Ideas
The UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas is led by co-directors Prof. Jehanne-Marie Gavarini of the Department of Art and Paul Marion, executive director of Community and Cultural Affairs in the Public Affairs Office. The Center for Arts & Ideas coordinates a variety of events - cultural activities, lectures series, community celebrations, and special events such as the Kerouac Literary Festival, and popular acts and concerts at the Tsongas Arena that enrich both campus and community life. Explore the Center for Arts & Ideas.
Center for Community Research & Engagement (CCRE)
The Center for Community Research & Engagement (CCRE) promotes healthy, productive, and sustainable communities through research and scholarship, technical assistance, program development, partnership formation, and funding from public and private sources. To accomplish this mission the center identifies needs and mobilizes resources on campus and in the broader community;establishes links among and between faculty, staff, and students and community, government and business stakeholders to carry out collaborative research projects; provides resources and support to ensure the success of community partnerships; enhances student learning and networking through community engaged research and education; connects the university community with community research and service opportunities that contribute to sustainable regional development; anddevelops, manages and evaluates community-university research and evaluation projects and other programs.
Center for Industrial Competitiveness
For more than a decade, the Center for Industrial Competitiveness has been known for its research on industrial innovation, regional development, corporate governance and sustainable prosperity. Through an accumulation of detailed studies of industrial sectors, the Center has developed an understanding of the inner workings of the Massachusetts economy. At the same time, research and consulting on industrial competitiveness throughout the world provide us with a global perspective on regional development. See what is happening in the economy and the latest economic research at the Center for Industrial Competitiveness.
Center for Women & Work
Since its inception in 1998, the Center for Women and Work has demonstrated its strong commitment to addressing the gendered conditions of work in several key ways: by designing and implementing programs and projects that foster new ways of thinking about the gendered conditions of work; by encouraging and supporting interdisciplinary linkages across and throughout all of our networks; and by bringing to the forefront the reciprocal relationship between a woman's work and the well-being of communities. Learn more about the Center for Women and Work and how you can make a difference.
Kerouac Center for Public Humanities
The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for Public Humanities was founded in 2005 with generous support provided by Kerouac Estate Executor John Sampas. Its purpose is to strengthen the interdisciplinary study of American culture and public humanities by facilitating ties between the fields of English, History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Art, Music, Sociology, and Economics at UMass Lowell, in the New England region and beyond. Explore the Kerouac Center for Public Humanities.