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Research

Be at the center of extraordinary breakthroughs.

Uncovering the story of America’s first settlement. Analyzing cybersecurity’s role in national security. Working throughout the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate one of the worst oil spills in our country’s history. These are a few of the many research opportunities unique to the University of West Florida. 

At UWF, research is our way of putting our mind, power and resources to work for the region. Here, scholars, students, business leaders, community members and government experts collaborate on real-world problems. We believe big ideas can become even bigger solutions to local, regional, state and global issues.

Push through limits with us so that we can all move into a brighter future together.

Undergraduate Research

As an undergraduate at UWF, you will conduct research reserved for grad students at other universities. Our Explorers Program pairs you with research faculty according to your interests. We provide dozens of project awards each year to fund your research. We grant 150+ travel awards per year to present that research at national conferences. You can even get paid to conduct research with our Federal Work-Study research assistantships.

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Centers and Institutes

Our centers and institutes are where research and community engagement come together. Where we learn, put our findings into practice and move on to the next questions. We specialize in archaeology, cybersecurity, Gulf Coast conservation, geo-spatial technologies and much, much more.

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Research News

Nathan Thrower, senior professional accountancy and finance double major, accepted an offer for an accountant position at Andrews Research and Education Foundation upon completion of his Fall 2020 internship.

Kugelman Honors Program, Andrews Institute Research and Education Foundation partner to create internship opportunities for UWF’s best and brightest

The Kugelman Honors Program and Andrews Institute Research and Education Foundation are collaborating to offer the University of West Florida’s brightest students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through a flagship internship program.

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UWF anthropology graduate, faculty member publish article on diversity in forensic anthropology

Dr. Allysha Winburn, assistant professor of anthropology, and Antaya Jennings ’19 recently published a peer-reviewed article in a special issue of the journal "Forensic Anthropology," dedicated to diversity and inclusion.

UWF student Lali Gutierrez conducting research

Students and faculty continue research amid COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to present challenges, but University of West Florida students and faculty refuse to let the pandemic stop them from their potentially groundbreaking research.