Vision & Mission

students interacting with exhibits in the ASRC Illumination Space


The Vision of the Advanced Science Research Center is:

To improve human, societal, and environmental well-being in the decades to come through excellence in interdisciplinary scientific discovery and education executed by an internationally recognized center of excellence.


The Mission of the Advanced Science Research Center is:

  • To bring together leading scientists across five initiatives—Photonics, Nanoscience, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences—to collaboratively address complex questions relevant to the most pressing challenges of their fields and society more broadly.
  • To nurture a distinctive and inclusive research culture that is creative, collaborative, and convergent, with state-of-the-art facilities and an emphasis on training across STEM disciplines.
  • To build on CUNY’s first-in-the-nation status as the engine of upward mobility[1] for its large, diverse, and vibrant student body.
  • To welcome scientists and students from all over the University, New York City and state, and the world to learn and contribute to our mission.

Building a world-class research enterprise inside a public institution presents a number of challenges and unique opportunities. CUNY’s primary mission—to address the educational needs of a large and diverse student population—propels a newly educated workforce into arenas of economic opportunity and higher socioeconomic strata. The ASRC shares this founding principle and integrates it into its mission of research excellence.

[1] “Colleges with the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014”, The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 19, 2018.
students in a lab
a presentation taking place in the ASRC lecture hall

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