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.
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.
An analysis by a University of West Florida team identified areas in the contiguous United States where suicide and opioid death rates are high and where the deaths overlap.
Dr. James Arruda, professor in the University of West Florida Department of Psychology, recently signed a consulting and licensing agreement with California-based company, BIOPAC Systems Inc., to collaborate on the development of a device that could be instrumental in the early detection of Alzheimer’s.
In classwork, there are usually just a few set ways to do things. In the lab, when you are presented with a problem, you are not given any steps or sets of directions. It brings creativity into the normally rigid scientific process.
It never crossed my mind that I could travel to the Antarctic and look at interactions among organisms in an extreme environment. I’ve spent a lot of time working with samples from the previous trip, and now I’ll be on the other side—gathering samples, studying growth rates and analyzing what we collect.
A University of West Florida team placed fifth against teams including Yale University, Dartmouth College and others at a national competition held by the University of South Carolina. The USC National Big Data Health Science Student Case Competition was held Jan. 26-28. UWF graduate students Gail Han and Jason Gerstenberger and UWF undergraduate student Dylan Wright worked for more than 24 hours to solve a healthcare data science challenge. The team, “Data Detectives,” was guided by faculty members Dr. Achraf Cohen and Dr. Shusen Pu, who work in UWF’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
University of West Florida faculty and undergraduate students recently developed Pulsed Medical LED goggles for the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease. The product was researched and designed through a partnership between the Department of Psychology, Department of Physics and Dr. Muhammad Harunur Rashid Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UWF.
The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity received a $1.5 million contract from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, known as CISA, to expand the CyberSkills2Work program, an intensive cybersecurity training program designed to help individuals launch or advance cybersecurity careers. The training will focus on critical infrastructure security and industrial control systems security.