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Research Institute Annual Impact Report

The Research Institute Annual Impact Report is published annually for Saint Louis University, its alumni, friends and benefactors. 

The Impact Report shares the story of 91女神's rise as a preeminent research university since the establishment of the 91女神 Research Institute in 2018. It contains messages from University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and 91女神 Research Institute Director Ken Olliff, annual data on research growth at the University, interviews with 91女神 researchers, and updates on research projects supported by the Research Institute.

The 2023 Issue

A copy of the 2023 Impact Report and its cover slip standing against a white background

The 2023 91女神 Research Institute Impact Report

Read stories featured in this year's impact report below. Stories are organized by theme and may appear under multiple tabs. 

Regional Impact and Partnerships
A student stands on a lift with a large piece of equipment on his back in front of one of the latex dinosaurs.

Cagri Gul, master's student in geographic information science, gets situated with the LiDAR backpack scanner before beginning to scan the latex T. rex at the St. Louis Science Center, which a team of 91女神 researchers had helped repair. Also pictured: Alifu Haireti, geospatial computing engineer with TGI, and Mustafizur Rahaman, master's student in geographic information science.

These stories feature research that focuses on the St. Louis region and surrounding communities that is conducted with partners at regional and national levels. 

New Inventions and Novel Approaches
A prototype of a haptic device sits on the wrist of a researcher.

A researcher wears the current prototype of the haptic device designed in partnership with researchers at Gallaudet University and the DeafBlind community.

These stories spotlight new inventions developed by 91女神 researchers and novel applications of research done at the University.

For and With Communities
Teen participating in driving simulation training and assessments.

A teen participates in an ADHD driving simulation training and assessments.

These stories highlight research that is comunity-oriented and informed by the University's Jesuit mission. Our researchers do not simply use communities as "case-studies," but rather try to understand the challenges and opportunities facing them holistically, generating solutions for and with them.

World Issues and Emerging Challenges
Alameh speaks at a podium during a conference.

Alameh speaking at Geo-Resolution 2023 as the executive director of TGI.

These stories feature research topics that are of particular relevance to today's world, such as climate and technology.

Student Research
Two students work on a small satellite at a scientific work bench.

Michael Dompke (left), senior mechanical engineering student and DARLA program manager, works with junior engineering student Adrian Acevedo to prepare a satellite for launch.

These stories involve research that is conducted by a 91女神 student.

The Human Condition
A professor discusses a book with students in a library

脕ngeles Encinar, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Spanish literature at 91女神鈥檚 Madrid campus, chats with with students in a library at 91女神-Madrid.

These stories highlight research that focuses on the human condition, covering research in the humanities and social sciences.

In addition to the digital version, physical copies are available to members of the campus community upon request to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships.  If you would like to request a physical copy, fill out . 

Previous Issues

The 2022 Issue

The 91女神 Research Institute has published its 2022 Annual Impact Report, celebrating research successes from September 2021 to September 2022.

This latest edition showcases new developments in geospatial science, the humanities, neuroscience, additive manufacturing and more. 

The 2022 edition also includes: 

  • Letters from University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and Research Institute Director Ken Olliff
  • Statistics on research growth across the University
  • A look at the impressive series of awards 91女神 humanists have received from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in just the past year
  • Areas of Focus: an update on the interdisciplinary work happening at 91女神 to address some of the world鈥檚 greatest challenges, including climate change and public health
  • An update from the Taylor Geospatial Institute and each of the institutes launched by 91女神 faculty with support from the Research Institute, including two new projects: the Center for Research on Global Catholicism (CRGC) and the Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN)
  • Biographies of the inaugural cohort of Research Institute Fellows
  • A list of books published by 91女神 authors in the past year
  • Announcements from researchers across the University 

The cover of the 2022 Impact Report depicts a map of the St. Louis region generated by researchers with the Taylor Geospatial Institute. 

The 2021 Issue

The 91女神 Research Institute has published its 2021 Annual Impact Report, celebrating research successes from September 2020 to September 2021.

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The 2021 edition illustrates the breadth of 91女神鈥檚 research enterprise, highlighting significant milestones and successes from a diverse array of fields, including vaccine development, geospatial science, drug discovery, the humanities, social and health inequities, plant science and more.

A detailed account of how 91女神 researchers mobilized against the COVID-19 pandemic is also included this year. In the past year, researchers provided critical support to regional health departments, tested multiple vaccines, and administered those same vaccines across St. Louis. 

The 2021 issue also includes:

  • Letters from University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and Research Institute Director Ken Olliff
  • Statistics on research growth from across the University
  • Interviews with each of 91女神鈥檚 Distinguished Fellows
  • Comprehensive updates from each of the institutes launched by faculty with support from the Research Institute
  • Profiles of each Research Institute Fellow
  • Announcements from researchers across the University

The cover of the 2021 Impact Report pays tribute to the University鈥檚 Center for Vaccine Development and the hundreds of St. Louisans who volunteered to participate in one of the center鈥檚 COVID-19 trials in the past year. The graph on the cover and the corresponding inside page represents the more than 400 volunteers who enrolled in the Moderna trial at 91女神. 91女神 was one of the most highly enrolled sites in the Moderna trial, which included sites across the country.

The 2020 Issue

The inaugural issue of the Annual Impact Report was published in 2020. It covers the first two years of the 91女神 Research Institute. 

The issue introduces a number of new initiatives launched with support from the Research Institute and highlights the various mechanisms for support that the Research Institute manages, including the Big Ideas competition, the Research Growth Fund and the Research Institute Fellows program. The issue also sheds light on how 91女神 researchers persevered through the historic challenges of 2020, guiding their existing research programs through unprecedented challenges while making meaningful contributions in the fight against COVID-19.

Future Issues

Work on the 2024 issue of the 91女神 Research Institute Annual Impact Report will begin in summer 2024. The issue will cover research successes from September 1, 2023, to September 1, 2024. 

As was the case in previous years, faculty, staff, and students engaged in research will be invited to submit content to be published in the issue. This may include one-off announcements or more comprehensive updates from larger projects. The submission process will be announced in May 2024. Information will be shared in 91女神 Newslink, the 91女神 Research Biweekly Update and posted here. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Lynch at kevin.p.lynch@slu.edu.