The Fast Track to New Ways of Thinking

As individuals, we cannot solve climate change, water pollution, income inequality, terrorism, racism or world hunger. Together, we can.

At the heart of the University of West Florida, you’ll find a drive for research and the belief that big ideas, when nurtured and supported, can become even bigger solutions to local, regional, state and global issues.

We bring together scholars, students, business leaders, community members and government experts to collaborate on real-world problems. They are driven by collaboration, curiosity, and investigation into all things new: new ideas; new insights; new solutions; new possibilities.

Our research opportunities and breakthroughs cannot be found at any other university, whether it’s piecing together the story of America’s first settlement, analyzing cybersecurity’s role in national security or working throughout the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate one of the worst oil spills in our country’s history.

At UWF, research is our way of putting our mind power and resources to work for the region, so that we can all move into a brighter future together.

Undergraduate ResearchProblem Solving Knows No Boundaries

At UWF, research is driven by exploration and discovery, whether it’s collecting water samples on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico or preparing to create a beautiful work of art. We believe that experience opens doors, so we’ve made it a cornerstone of every student’s experience.

Undergraduate students at UWF conduct research reserved only for graduate students at other universities.

Undergraduate Research

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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

Everette Petsinger, senior electrical engineering major
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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

Everette Petsinger, senior electrical engineering major
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The UWF Student Scholars Symposium & Faculty Research Showcase brings together undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to showcase their research, scholarly and creative activities over the last year through research poster presentations and three-minute oral presentations.

Student & Faculty Research

A Greater ImpactFocusing on the Region’s Core Issues

UWF stands at the forefront of creating innovative programs to target trends in the global, regional and social environment. We promote public-private partnership initiatives that enhance the culture and economies in our communities, state and beyond.

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