Research & Sponsored Programs

Welcome to UWF Research and Sponsored Programs!

Faculty at the University of West Florida are active scholars and researchers. UWF values research because it enriches the learning environment of our students, provides solutions to problems in our region, and contributes to the well-being of our community.

Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Mark Roltsch, Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity names Director of Sponsored Research

The University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity announced the addition of Dr. Mark Roltsch as UWF’s Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. He will also have a faculty appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Community Health.

Roltsch will begin on Nov. 23, 2015 and manage the operations of all research and sponsored programs at UWF. He will report to Dr. Rick Harper, vice president for research and economic opportunity.

“Mark brings superb credentials to help build UWF funded research activities,” said Harper. “His work, particularly at the National Institutes of Health, matches well with new UWF initiatives in health and the physical sciences. His innovative, energetic and successful approach to research administration will be appreciated University-wide.”

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Research Spotlight

UWF, state colleges partner to recruit more math and science teachers

Educators, business leaders and public officials have collaborated across counties in recent years to address what many have called a critical shortage of technical workers.

Now, a coalition of Northwest Florida higher education institutions is working to attack the problem at its root by increasing the number of middle and high school teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly referred to as “STEM” fields.

The project – led by Drs. John Pecore and Jaromy Kuhl, of the University of West Florida – will involve faculty from Pensacola State College and Northwest Florida State College, as well as a half-dozen science learning centers and the Escambia, Okaloosa and Walton County school districts.

The work is made possible by a $125,000 grant awarded last month from the National Science Foundation. Pecore said the funding would allow him and his colleagues to step up recruitment and mentoring of STEM students interested in pursuing careers in secondary STEM education.

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Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) News and Events

OUR Workshops

December 2nd, 10-11 a.m., in Room 272 Commons, Travel Awards & Conference Travel 101, Scholars Workshop

Congratulations to the 30 undergraduate students awarded travel funds and over 35 students awarded project funds for fall 2015

****Immediate Need: Volunteer as an OUR Application Reviewer ****
Contact Katie Greene to volunteer

UWF Post-Doctoral Appointments

To date, CREO has received significant interest in helping to sponsor new post-doctoral positions on campus. As part of the sponsorship, for Research Postdocs CREO will pay 60% of the cost, Academic Affairs will pay 20%, and the college will pay 20%. For teaching postdocs, CREO will pay 40% of the cost, Academic Affairs will pay 30%, and the college will pay 30%. The deadline for applying for a post-doctoral position for your department is November 30, 2015. Please contact RSP for more information.