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.

TWU joins Texas Space Grant Consortium

TWU now is an academic affiliate of the Texas Space Grant Consortium. The consortium is a group of 59 state universities, industrial organizations and non-profit organizations, and government agencies that come together to ensure that the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans. In a broader context, the National Space Grant Program, consisting of 52 Space Grant Consortia nationwide, cooperate to achieve this goal for all Americans.

As an academic affiliate, TWU students are eligible to apply for Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships, participate in the NASA Design Challenge team program, as well as other program and funding opportunities. The consortium also focuses on assisting new researchers in establishing research careers, enhancing research collaboration and mentorship with faculty, and conducting research aligned with NASA’s enterprises. All interested applicants should work with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  

Lab & Field Notes

Texas Woman’s faculty Christopher Bolinger wins national research award

Texas Woman’s University communication sciences and disorders faculty member Christopher Bolinger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, was selected as one of 10 recipients for a national research award given by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


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. 



  • Becky Spencer (nursing, Denton) and doctoral student Linda Merritt were awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses for a study researching the needs of fathers who have infants in neonatal intensive care units. The needs of fathers with both younger and older infants and those whose children were born in public county-funded hospitals vs. those born in not-for-profit hospitals will be studied.
  • Monica Mendez-Grant, Stephanie Krauth and Becky Rodriguez (student life) and Joshua Adams (undergraduate studies & academic partnerships) were awarded $32,500 in supplemental funding for the TWU GO Program. Project funding will cover the cost of G-Force mentors and tutors that previously was included in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Delaina Walker-Batson (communication sciences & disorders) has been awarded $25,000 from Charlene Marsh for her project, "Pilot Study tDCS in Primary Progressive Aphasia."
  • Brigitte Vittrup (family sciences) will receive a $5,000 TWU Creative Arts and Humanities Grant for her work, "Who Belong Together? Children's Perceptions of Interracial Families and Multiracial Children."
  • 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.

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