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Office of Research

Office of Research

Our research mission is oriented to our students, and to our region. Students work alongside talented faculty in cutting-edge research, learning where new knowledge and creativity comes from, and most importantly, how to assess its validity. Our students are often solving problems for our community, underscoring our commitment to being a driver of the economy and quality of life of our community, and become equipped with skills and relationships for success in their careers.

We challenge our students to be active agents in their education. The FUSE program challenges students to write their own grant proposals and Innoplexx challenges students to start their own business. Our students have stepped up impressively. FUSE can boast a wide array of award-winning research and creative activity. Innoplexx students now work full-time for their own company.

At the WKU Office of Research we are committed to facilitating the research and creative activities of our faculty, staff and students. Contact us at any time


Resources for Faculty

Center for Research and Development

The Center for Research and Development on the corner of Nashville Road and Campbell Lane is the nexus of our engagement with business.

Research Centers

Research Centers foster interdisciplinary research that does not easily fall within a single department.

Intellectual Property

Innovative and creative works holding exclusive rights for commercialization.

Office of Research Integrity

Providing guidance in the protection of the rights, welfare, and security of the campus community involved in activities ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Office of Sponsored Programs

WKU connects teaching with research bringing in over $22 million in external funding for 2010.

WKU Research Foundation

Provides customized services for contracting with business and industry to assist WKU in attracting and retaining quality researchers.









Ogden, GRREC host STEMshot! air rocketry event Oct. 24
WKU’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative will host the 2nd Annual STEMshot! rocketry competition for students in grades 4-12. STEMshot!, a compressed air rocketry competition giving students the opportunity to engage in a challenging real-world problem based activity designed to enhance student’s critical thinking skills and understanding […]
WKU department head completes Eastern Europe expedition
Dr. David Keeling, Distinguished University Professor of Geography and head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, returned recently from a 19-day expedition to Eastern Europe, representing the American Geographical Society as part of its geographic educational outreach program. The key theme of this journey that explored Eastern Europe was resilience and development in post-Soviet […]
Hardin Planetarium to present 'Our Star' Oct. 13-Nov. 24
Our Star, a spectacular, up-close look at the Sun and how it affects our world, will be presented Oct. 13-Nov. 24 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and suitable for all ages. The 60-minute show will begin on time, with no late […]












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