You Call This School? The 25 Coolest College Labs in the Country

Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies

Forget stuffy lecture halls and humming fluorescent lights. Build robots instead! Or run a nuclear reactor. To rank the coolest labs in the country, we factored in groundbreaking research, undergrad access and sheer awesomeness.

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Check out the 2011 additions to our list in the articles below, or browse the full set of 25 labs in our image gallery above.

  • Build Your Own Spaceship: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Brew the World’s Best Beer: University of California at Davis Pilot Brewery
  • Work On the Edge of Earth’s Plates: California Institute of Technology Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
  • Design a Microdrone: U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • Run a Nuclear Reactor: Reed College
  • Print New Body Parts: Cornell University Creative Machines Lab
  • Put Science on the Big Screen: University of Southern California Visualizing Science Initiative
  • Eavesdrop on Nearby Galaxies: National Radio Astronomy Observatory