VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University has been known for its great academic programs while also being a staple in this community. Very recently, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education named Binghamton University as one of only 131 universities across the country to recieve the “very high research classification”.
“We do a wide range of research at the university. From pharmaceutical discovery, to bio-medical devices, to batteries, to work in medieval studies,” said Donald Nieman, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Binghamton University.
What’s the importance of all of this research outside of being recognized? Well, for one, students and professors in the bio-medical field are working on wound-healing applicators that could change the way we treat injured and sick people in the future.
“Eventually to improve, like, the treatment and the management of disease in the future. So, that is our dream based on our research goals and aims,” said Ahyeon Koh, Assistant Professor in the Bio-Medical Department.
In an ever-changing world, finding important advances in medicine such as this one are extremely important. That’s a point not lost on the students doing the work, for some, it’s the reason they decided to spend long hours doing research.
“So research to me is super important because even though I’m not directly helping people, eventually we’re advancing science as a whole,” said Matthew Brown, a PhD student in the Bio-Medical Department.
Research in the bio-medical field, and all of the other fields at the university, also directly impacts the Southern Tier as a community.
“A lot of the research we do on campus has a way of spinning off into companies that are started in the community, that employ people. Those are things that make this a more attractive place,” said Nieman.
Especially after getting this recognition. School officials and professors believe that being such a highly touted school for research, Binghamton University will attract more professors and students to the area to live, work on their research, and contribute to the community, in more ways than one.