Discovery and Innovation

A culture of innovation is central to the mission of a great university.

Classified nationally as a doctoral research university with high research activity, Mercer University secures and expends more than $51 million annually to fuel discovery and innovation.

But beyond the financial support for scientific, engineering and health sciences research, the University relentlessly promotes a culture that encourages the search for new knowledge, finds solutions to real-world problems and stimulates creative activity. From undergraduate research to a variety of research and innovation centers and talent incubators, Mercer daily deploys its intellectual capital to make the world a better place.

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Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students are given the opportunity to take the lead in top-level research endeavors, which transforms them into scholars who answer tough and relevant questions.

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Graduate and Professional Research

Our graduate students work closely with highly published, cited and funded faculty in state-of-the-art facilities giving them the skills and experience necessary to thrive in a professional research environment.

Research Conferences

Where Mercer Students and Faculty Present Outstanding Scholarship

Mercer annually provides venues for its undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to present research, preparing them for similar opportunities at regional, national and international conferences.


Breakthroughs in Engagement, Arts and Research (BEAR) Day showcases outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research and special projects in Macon.

Atlanta Research Conference

The Atlanta Research Conference aims to encourage and inspire students and faculty to become more involved in research activities as well as provide a venue where they can share their findings.

The nation’s most prestigious scholarship for undergraduates in STEM

Goldwater Scholars

Mercer has produced 20 Goldwater Scholars since the 2012-13 academic year, an unusual accomplishment for an institution with its size of undergraduate student body.

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Innovation and Research Centers

Where Faculty and Students Participate on the Cutting Edge

Mercer is home to outstanding research centers in Macon, Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus that allow students to conduct innovative research alongside world-class faculty.

Mercer Innovation Center

The Mercer Innovation Center offers the education, community, office space, tools, mentors, student interns and access to investors that can take an idea from conception to market.


MERC is the applied engineering and research arm of Mercer, providing locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills, primarily to supplement the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and other customers.

Georgia Research Alliance

Mercer is a member of the Georgia Research Alliance, whose mission is to expand research and commercialization capacity in the state’s universities to launch new companies, create high-value jobs and transform lives.

Mercer Music at Capricorn

Through Mercer Music at Capricorn, Mercer has put a historically important facility back to work as a tool to advance a vibrant music scene. The goal of the complex, which includes recording studios, a museum, music incubator and office space, is to leverage Macon’s rich, nationally important music heritage to shape Macon’s music future.