- November 14, 2014

Turns Out UT Austin Researchers Are World-Class Scientific Rockstars

We all know that UT Austin rocks at science — especially since its researchers have developed a promising ebola vaccine. Now, thanks to one prestigious scientific journal’s new ranking system, The Nature Index (subscribers only), we can quantify that awesomeness once and for all.

UT was ranked by Nature as the 26th most scientifically productive research institution in the world. The study’s results, which were calculated based on the number of times that each institution’s authors published research in any of the world’s top 68 scientific journals, also place UT at No. 15 among universities within the United States and at No. 7 when pitted against all of the nation’s public universities.

To top that off, UT appeared on three of The Nature Index’s field-specific lists as well, ranking No. 25 in Earth & Environmental Sciences (No. 11 in the U.S.), No. 16 in Chemistry (No. 7 in the U.S.), and No. 22 in Physical Sciences (No. 11 in the U.S.), internationally.

“This ranking reaffirms the world-renowned productivity of our scientific researchers,” said Powers in a recent university press release. “Across the physical and life sciences, UT faculty and scientists are in truly elite company, publishing highly relevant, highly cited research that is changing the world and shaping the careers of thousands of students.”

With Nature‘s ranking, UT has now basked in the worldwide spotlight a total of five times in 2014 alone, thanks to U.S. News, Times Higher Education, Center for World University Rankings, and Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Maybe we should be calling UT Austin “The Science Capitol of the World.”


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