Research & Discovery

TWU is a doctoral research university with faculty members pursuing leading research in fields such as nursing, health sciences, social work and education.

As a student at TWU, you are encouraged to broaden your academic experience by working on faculty-led projects and studies — whether it’s developing programs to reduce violence against women, working with veterans and their families, expanding access for children with autism or identifying more effective ways to treat cancer cells.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs assists faculty with the entire research funding process. The ORSP also organizes the annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium, a unique event that highlights student-led/faculty-mentored scholarly projects and research.

Lab & Field Notes

University launches effort to renew connections with NASA

Texas Woman’s University took a step forward in rekindling its relationship with NASA when two Johnson Space Center University Research, Collaboration and Partnership Office officials visited the university’s Denton campus May 22. The meetings highlighted NASA’s past connections with the university and allowed TWU officials to share ideas for future involvement in research, and student and faculty involvement with the space agency.


TWU Biology graduate student receives national American Pain Society award

Sukhbir Kaur Lulla, a doctoral student in the molecular biology program at Texas Woman’s University, has been awarded the American Pain Society’s Young Investigator Travel Award. Sukhbir Kaur will use the travel grant to attend and present her research at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held May 17-20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


EPA grant aids in development of pollinator gardens

Four faculty members have been awarded a $15,000 Environmental Protection Agency Grant for the development of pollinator gardens on campus and across the community.


TWU, Dallas Women’s Foundation discuss new research on women’s economic barriers in Texas

Texas Woman’s University has partnered with the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s fund in the world, on new research about barriers affecting women’s ability to positively advance in the Texas economy. These critical barriers are: Education, Childcare, Health Insurance and Housing. 


Dallas Morning News Commentary: Texas Woman's University professor was part of NASA's hidden history

The Dallas Morning News ran a commentary article Jan. 25, 2017, on a Texas Woman's University professor who was part of NASA's hidden history.



  • Judith McFarlane (nursing, Houston) will use $350,000 in continuation funding from the Houston Endowment for her five-year project to provide data to compare the health parameters and levels of violence and danger to women and children who go to shelters compared to those who seek legal orders of protection. The trajectory for women and children across multiple developmental ages will provide comprehensive data for evidence-based policy and clinical practice at the local, state, national and international levels.
  • Elisa Na (psychology & philosophy) has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for her project aimed at developing effective strategies to treat childhood obesity. The study will combine neuroscience and molecular biology techniques to determine the mechanisms underlying the development of obesity.
  • Nancy DiMarco and Shane Broughton (nutrition & food sciences) are comparing the effect of protein isolated from chicken against whey protein or carbohydrate-based diets to determine how amino acids from the protein are taken up into the body, how glucose is used and how the body's immune response reacts within three hours. This research is funded by a $34,000 grant from International Dehydrated Foods. The study's findings may help individuals trying to build muscle, those with glucose use issues, and, potentially, those with obesity or autoimmune disorders.
  • Parker Hevron (history & government) is analyzing how mass media covers judicialized vs. non-judicialized policies and how that coverage affects individuals' attitudes toward the American court system with a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project explores whether court-based compensation policies lead to fundamentally different types of media coverage, particularly when compared to compensation policies that are created and administered by Congress, and whether that leads to distorted views of justice and fairness in the U.S.
  • Anne Simpson (reading) measures the impact of Descubriendo La Lectura (the Spanish version of Reading Recovery) on first-graders in approximately 30 schools in Texas, Illinois and California with a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. As the University Training Center responsible for Descubriendo La Lectura, Texas Woman's also is a subcontractor supporting the recruitment of schools for the grant.

Page last updated 12:24 PM, May 31, 2017