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.
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.
Professor Raid Amin and six of his statistics students identified U.S. counties with high rates of COVID-19 cases through sophisticated statistical cluster analysis modeling.
Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, UWF researchers jumped into action to study the impacts of the spill. They also looked forward, developing new tools and technologies for improving restoration.
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.
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.
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.
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.