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Research Centers and Facilities

Biomedical Research
Support Facility
Oakland University's $5.8-million Biomedical Research Support Facility has been providing a high quality environment for animal research since it opened in August of 1999. This 7,500-square foot facility was funded, in part, by a grant from the National Center for Research Resources.

The state of the art structure features sixteen environmentally controlled animal housing rooms with an on-line computer control and monitoring system, and centralized cage-washing equipment that provides pass-through sterilization. The surgery area contains two operating suites that offer up to six surgical stations and an operating support room, recovery room, diagnostic lab, and radiological capabilities.

Also contained in the facility is a barrier/containment BSL-2 suite for work with animals involving infectious agents. These features support advanced biomedical research at Oakland University by providing the proper space and equipment for the humane care and use of laboratory animals in research.

The Biomedical Research Support Facility offers centralized laboratory animal research services that adhere to all applicable laws, standards and policies that govern responsible use of animals in research and education. The Biomedical Research Support Facility is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), a voluntary accrediting organization that enhances the quality of research, teaching, and testing by promoting humane, responsible animal care and use.  For more information, contact Janet Schofding, Animal Research Facility Manager, at or (248) 370-4440.
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Center for Biomedical Research
The mission of the Center for Biomedical Research at Oakland University is to vigorously promote and support biomedical research and education at Oakland University and allied institutions, to recruit and retain outstanding biomedical scientists, to facilitate collaborative biomedical research projects and finally to develop gift, grant, and contract support for biomedical research programs, graduate and undergraduate training, as well as core facilities and equipment.

Eye Research Institute

The ERI has a history of over forty years in vision research and has received over $50 million from external funding sources, mainly the National Eye Institute.  Each year the Institute, in conjunction with the Center for Biomedical Sciences, awards competitive $3,500 Summer Vision Research Fellowships to O.U. Undergraduate students. In addition to conducting vision research here at O.U., the ERI is also formally associated with the Department of Ophthalmology at William Beaumont Hospital.  

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) The development and advancement of teaching excellence among faculty is central to a quality educational experience for students.  This involves 1) supporting faculty efforts to improve teaching by creating learning environments in which our diverse student body achieves maximal learning potential, and 2) promoting a culture throughout the university which values and rewards effective teaching, and respects and supports individual differences among learners.  This center is open to full-time and part-time faculty and graduate assistants who teach at Oakland University.

College of Arts and Sciences

The English as a Second Language Center
The Oakland University ESL Center is an academic unit within the Linguistics Department charged primarily with monitoring and implementing the English Proficiency Requirement on campus. The ESL Center offers a full range of ESL courses at all skill levels and supervises the ESL Endorsement Program, the ESL Institute Programs, the Individual ESL Instruction Program, and the Hispanic Outreach Program. During its eight years of operation, the Hispanic Outreach Program has received financial support from the College of Arts and Sciences, local corporations, and Michigan government agencies. For the past four academic years, the Program has been supported each year by a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Works Program. 
Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU)
The mission of the Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding is to transform practice in music education; to build and advance a research-based pedagogy of teaching for musical understanding; to support PreK-12 music educators in Michigan, the United States, and internationally; to demonstrate how research informs professional practice in music education; to seek national and international eminence in applied research in musical understanding at Oakland University; and to support faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research in musical understanding. For more information, please contact

School of Health Sciences

Prevention Research Center (SHS) The Prevention Research Center strives to promote community health through education, promotion, and translational research.  Translational research discovers which strategies work in the community: the community of youth, or the community of women, or the community of senior citizens - all at high risk.  The Center brings experts from OU and the community together to make a difference in people's lives.

School of Business Administration

Center for Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE)
Rapid changes in the business world – driven by globalization, technological advances and shifting economics – require business professionals, researchers and students to be prepared for anything. The new Center for Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE) at Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is harnessing the power of integration to do just that.  CIBRE not only offers a mechanism to build the region’s economic future, but is educating a workforce that will be fully prepared to find success in it.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation (CRAA) Since it's establishment in the 1980's, the Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation at OU has been at the forefront of research and development in the areas of controls, robotics, automation and machine vision.  Over the last two decades, CRAA has successfully completed numerous R&D projects sponsored and funded by the national research organizations and agencies, department of defense and military sectors, local automotive industries, and the State of Michigan.

Automotive Tribology Center (ATC)

The Automotive Tribology Center is an academic research within the Mechanical Engineering department at Oakland University.  It is the only university research center in the United States that is dedicated to automotive tribology research and is uniquely positioned to advance the reliability, mobility and efficiency of automotive components.

Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI) The Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI) at Oakland University is the only known facility of its kind in the world: an academic, nonprofit research facility dedicated solely to the fastening and joining of materials. This one-of-a-kind facility pursues fundamental and applied research to develop and disseminate new technologies in fastening and joining engineering. Through its research, FAJRI helps improve the safety and reliability of equipment, machinery and mechanical structures. The research conducted also significantly improves the mobility and combat readiness of military vehicles. On the civilian side, applications of FAJRI research benefit the automotive, aerospace, nuclear power, and transportation industries.

Honors College

Center for Undergraduate Research and Leadership (CURL)

Oakland's unique Center for Undergraduate Research and Leadership (CURL) supports undergraduate research initiatives, and the key work of those actively developing undergraduate research. CURL promotes leadership and excellence among the Oakland University undergraduate community, and the qualities of creativity, innovation and social andpublic enterprise.  Based in The Honors College, the Center advances the idea that strong undergraduate research is the future of higher education, the engine powering the success of our colleges and universities and of the public and private sectors. Champions of Research are elected to CURL on a semester basis.  These Champions are faculty and undergraduate students who exemplify world class research.