(GALLERY) Multiple disciplines of natural scientists and museum curators are bringing life to the dead, using the more than 150,000 mammals, birds and millions of invertebrates housed in the Natural Science Research Laboratory within the Texas Tech Museum.
A new era of excellence is dawning at Texas Tech University as it stands on the cusp
of being one of the nation's premier research institutions.
Research and enrollment numbers are at record levels, which cement Texas Tech's commitment
to attracting and retaining quality students. In fall 2020, the university achieved
a goal more than a decade in the making, reaching a total student population of more
than 40,000. In 2018, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
again placed Texas Tech among its top doctoral universities in the nation in the “Very High Research Activity” category. Texas Tech is one of
94 public institutions nationally and 131 overall to achieve this prestigious recognition.
Quality students need top-notch faculty. Texas Tech is home to a diverse, highly revered
pool of educators who excel in teaching, research and service. The university strives
to foster an environment that celebrates student accomplishment above all else. Texas Tech is large enough to provide the best in facilities and academics but prides
itself on being able to focus on each student individually.
The momentum for excellence at Texas Tech has never been greater.
Added to the Museum of Texas Tech University in 1972, the NSRL is home to more than 5 million animal specimens, one of the largest
collections of its kind in the country.
The NSRL consists of five collections: a mammal collection of about 125,000 specimens; an invertebrate collection that includes about 4.5 million specimens; a bird collection of between 6,000 and 8,000 specimens; a genetic resource collection made up of 350,000
tissue samples from 90,000 individual specimens; and a Chernobyl collection that holds more than 3,000 mammal specimens and tissues that are radioactive because
of environmental exposure.
The Office of Research and Innovation is tasked with facilitating excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity
for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff. The office promotes an academic environment
embracing creativity, curiosity, innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity.
Among other programs, the OR&I supports responsible and safe conduct of research,
faculty development and recognition, interdisciplinary collaborations, externally
sponsored research, partnerships with industry and community stakeholders, international
research collaboration and the application of research for the benefit of society.
The OR&I promotes a culture of creative expression, discovery, innovation and collaboration
with the goal of advancing Texas Tech's status as an elite national research university.