Why Research at Marquette?

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution nestled in the Near West Side neighborhood of Milwaukee, less than two miles from Lake Michigan. Our mission focuses on four pillars: Excellence, faith, leadership, and service. We have 708 full time faculty and 529 part time faculty committed to scholarship and teaching. In Fall 2023, there are nearly equal numbers of women and men among our faculty, 15% are faculty of color, and 4% are international.    

Marquette University is in the Top 20% of Best American Colleges (U.S. News and World Report), 34th most innovative school (U.S. News and World Report) and the top-ranked Wisconsin university based on student outcomes (College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.) - click here for more Marquette rankings. 

As an R2 research institution, Marquette is dedicated to Research in Action; 21% of undergraduates participate in faculty and staff-led research projects outside of class. In prioritizing research at Marquette, the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) was created in 2015, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, who is dedicated to developing faculty in research. ORI offers a range of internal funding opportunities for research and innovation available to faculty and, in some cases, students.  

In collaboration with the faculty on the University Committee on Research, ORI is supporting a growing number of research communities which bring together faculty and students to work on common areas of scholarly interest.  These research communities are growing into larger networks of scholars across disciplines who are interested in research topics that make a difference in the world, with specific focus on research that impacts underserved/marginalized populations as well as work on topics related to environmental issues.  For example, our growing water research efforts engage faculty and students from five different colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, and Law). 



The success of our faculty researchers is also evident in their externally funded research. 

  • In 2023, over $51 million was awarded to over 140 awardees 
  • In 2023, Marquette received over $28 million in federal research funds and over $12 million in non-federal research funds 
  • Marquette’s largest research sponsor in 2023 was the National Health Institute (NIH), with over $11 million awarded 

Marquette makes it easy to find funding! The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) offers faculty and staff a wide range of information on funding sources for research and other projects that support Marquette's mission. Marquette personnel seeking funding opportunities can use the resources on the ORSP webpage to find what best suits their research needs. 

If you are interested in becoming a faculty member and being the difference at Marquette University, please reach out! We would love to show you around.