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MSU climbs 15 spots in new research rankings


The Michigan State University College of Nursing jumped 15 spots in this year’s Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings, released Feb. 7.

The nonprofit is the authoritative ranking on National Institutes of Health funding among major health-related colleges. In the nursing rankings, MSU landed at No. 43, up from No. 58 in 2022 and No. 69 in 2020, and is now the second-highest NIH-funded college of nursing in the state.

"We are excited and grateful to announce our impressive climb in the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings for Schools of Nursing,” said Susan Buchholz, the college’s associate dean for research. “Our rise reflects the dedication and perseverance of the commitment of our nurse researchers, along with their teams, in securing vital grants from NIH. Together, we contribute to improving health equity and addressing social determinants of health, forging a brighter healthcare future for people across the lifespan.”

The college recorded $1.7 million in NIH funding during the judging window, which concluded at the end of September.

Several researchers are currently engaged in major NIH-funded initiatives. Dr. Jiying Ling is working on a multi-year project to address behavioral well-being in youth. Dr. Lorraine Robbins is in the fourth year of her NIH-funded effort to fight childhood obesity, and Dr. Angela Chen is conducting pilot testing of a game-based intervention to promote HPV vaccination in families with unvaccinated children.

Learn more about the College of Nursing’s research areas.