Research at WWU
Western Washington University is a hub of intellectual curiosity and creative exploration, where ideas are nurtured and transformed into sustainable solutions.
With a strong commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, WWU stands at the forefront of cutting-edge research across various fields. Our distinguished faculty and motivated students engage in a wide spectrum of projects, from sustainable technologies and environmental studies to healthcare advancements and social sciences.
Join us in our journey of discovery, where innovation knows no bounds and the pursuit of knowledge knows no limits.
Featured Student Research
Sweetening the Pot
WWU cybersecurity students Robert Crocker and Shaine Metz are working with other students to develop “honeypots” that lure cyber criminals into sharing their dirty tricks and teaching students how to prevent future cyberattacks.
The honeypots are just one project going on at Western’s Cyber Range, a self-contained, controlled computer network designed as a safe space for cybersecurity training.
Research Grants for Students
Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities Grant Program
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities Grant Program provides undergraduates with up to $750 in funding to engage in research, scholarly and creative work that has the potential to significantly impact the student’s educational goals.
Graduate Research and Creative Opportunities Grants
The Graduate Research and Creative Opportunities Grant Program provides graduate students with up to $1,500 in funding to engage in research, scholarly and creative work that has the potential to significantly impact the student’s educational goals.
Taylor's Earthquake Era
WWU Associate Geology Professor, Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, research went global when she found that Taylor Swift's Seattle concerts caused 2.3 magnitude seismic activity at Lumen Field.
Featured Faculty Research
A New Life for Ocean Plastics
Associate professor of Polymer Materials Engineering John Misasi and a dedicated crew of his students at Western are part of a growing chorus that is working to prove that ocean plastics aren’t just landfill material.
Research Centers and Institutes
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