Preparing Students for the Knowledge–Based Economy
The Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP) was established in 1998 and is a multidisciplinary program consisting of 13 scientific and service–oriented Centers and Institutes designed to prepare students for the knowledge–base economy.
These Centers meet the needs of the community, state, and nation while providing unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to transition from academia to the workplace through participation in supervised, hands–on applied research and technological projects. Students grow intellectually and professionally through participation in these activities.
Each Center operates within a cooperative and interdisciplinary framework to apply state–of–the–art science toward solutions to environmental issues and to the technological problems of government and industry.
The program is supported by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and through grants and contracts obtained by the Centers and Institutes.
The ARTP Centers and Institutes are staffed by undergraduate and graduate students under the supervision of Western Kentucky University faculty and staff.
ARTP provides a mechanism by which students can transition into the workforce or graduate education.
The ARTP program serves as a catalyst for economic development in the region.
ARTP provides cost-effective scientific solutions through technological and environmental services.