NSF ranks Mississippi State in top 100 in U.S. for research

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University continues to rank among the nation’s top research universities, according to new data from the National Science Foundation.

The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for fiscal year 2011 places Mississippi State at 91st overall among public and private institutions based on $226.1 million in total research and development expenditures.

Nationally, MSU is ranked 53rd in non-medical school R&D expenditures.

The land-grant institution remains a top 10 school in the U.S. for agricultural sciences, as well as a top 50 university in engineering. In computer science, MSU climbed from 39th to 37th. It also achieved top 30 status in social sciences, and rose from 82nd to 75th in environmental science, according to the NSF.

At 48 percent, MSU’s research expenditures accounted for nearly half of the total for Mississippi institutions, the survey found.

Additionally, the university had more than 4,000 research personnel — accounting for 60 percent of the total for the state.

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