Humboldt State University

Current Centers & Institutes


Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute (APPBI)
The APPBI Institute was founded with the dual purpose of studying specific examples of heroic and conventional altruism and seeking out ways to enhance altruism and prosocial behavior in society.  Since 1982, the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute has fostered or participated in several national and international conferences that have addressed the concept of altruism and how to achieve a more caring society and a more harmonious world. 


Biological Anthropology Research Center (BioARC)
The BioARC is dedicated to providing quality training and research opportunities in biological anthropology for HSU students. At BioARC, student research assistants learn methods and engage in research in evolutionary and applied anthropology by working both independently (as project leads and in groups) and with faculty and other researchers. Research in the lab is constantly evolving depending on the interests of researchers and students.


California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP)
The California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University is a research center committed to informing policy, building community, and promoting the health and well-being of rural people and environments.


The Center for Applied Sociology Analysis and Education (CASAE)
CASAE provides graduate students with real life opportunities to gain applied sociology experience within the community. Most of the research at CASAE is conducted by graduate students, who are able to conduct the following types of research:  evaluation research, survey research, focus group research, development of logic models, analysis of existing data, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and more.


Humboldt Earthquake Education Center (HEEC)
The Humboldt Earthquake Education Center offers workshops concerning earthquake education. It engages in other outreach activities, including publishing earthquake preparedness materials such as Living on Shaky Ground.


Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (HIIMR)
This institute seeks to improve the economic, social, physical, and environmental health of individuals and communities through the interdisciplinary scientific study of marijuana. HIIMR designs, conducts, analyzes, and disseminates research; provides applied expertise to policy makers, researchers, health professionals, businesses, and the media; and archives and provides access to source materials (raw data, media). View HIIMR's Charter here.


Humboldt Marine and Coastal Sciences Institute (HMCSI)
The mission of this Institute is to develop and promote interdisciplinary marine and coastal research, education, and outreach at HSU.  The institute will serve as a forum for coordinated development, funding, and execution of marine science research, education, and outreach efforts at HSU.


Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center for Teaching and Learning
The mission of the Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center is to enhance science and mathematics education opportunities in California. Chartered in 2005, the Center offers programs and professional support for future teachers as well as practicing professionals. The Center is formally partnered with a number of University programs.


Institute for Cartographic Design (ICD)
Affiliated with the Department of Geography and its Kosmos Lab for teaching cartography, the Institute for Cartographic Design is intended to provide cartography students with a transition from theoretical to applied map design before graduation and to provide a centralized cartographic design service on campus specializing in cartographic and information design in all formats from paper to web to animation.


Institute for Entrepreneurship Education (IEE)
Institute for Entrepreneurship Education is designed to reach other academic departments on campus as well as the Redwood Coast business community. The institute is tailored for interdisciplinary study and also focuses on “social entrepreneurship,” instilling instruction with an ethic of social responsibility.


Institute of Harm Reduction Research, Policy and Practice (IHRRPP)
IHRRPP has the mission of advancing research, policy, and practices that reduce harm to people, communities, and the environment from problematic use of alcohol and other drugs, as well as problematic drug policy responses.


The Institute of Health and Human Performance (IHHP)
The IHHP supports the local community in health promotion activities. The Institute’s facilities support research and training opportunities for HSU faculty and students in a broad range of topics related to health, human performance, disease prevention, physical activity and nutrition.


Institute of the Music Department for External Music Studies (IMDEMS)
The Institute of the Music Department for External Music Studies was created to serve the needs of those members of the musical community who are not matriculated students through the provision of opportunities for the collective and individual study of music.  The Institute provides valuable faculty oversight of the operations of the Humboldt Music Academy, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, Chamber Music Workshop, and Brass Chamber Music Workshop. 


Institute for Spatial Analysis, Modeling & Monitoring (ISAMM)
The Humboldt State University Institute for Spatial analysis, Modeling, & Monitoring (ISAMM) is a focal point for the advancement of spatial research, innovation and application. The ISAMM is dedicated to the expansion of spatial analysis methodologies across disciplines and the full spectrum of real world issues. We work closely with the public and private sector entities to achieve this goal.


River Institute
The mission of the River Institute is to conserve and restore river ecosystems locally, nationally, and internationally through multi-disciplinary research, education, policy reform, improved management practices, and creative restoration strategies.  Students who contribute significantly on River Institute research projects will be encouraged to participate in co-authoring technical memoranda, research reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles. The River Institute will also encourage undergraduate and graduate participation in off-campus symposia, workshops, and conferences. 


Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC)
One of the foremost fuel cell development laboratories, SERC’s fuel cell systems have proven to be among the most reliable and efficient in the world. Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) is working to establish clean energy technologies in our society. They specialize in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and hydrogen energy systems. Work involves research and development, technology demonstration, project development, energy systems analysis, and education and training.