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.  


  • Stephanie Brown and Stephanie Krauth (Student Life) and Amy Allison (Student Health Services) have been awarded an $88,00 grant from the Office of the Governor — Homeland Security for their project that provides victims assistance services to TWU community members affected by sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking.
  • Laura Moorer-Cook and Erika Armstrong (communication sciences and disorders) are addressing the continuing shortage of master's-level speech/language pathologists in Texas with the help of a $141,000 Texas Education Agency grant. Their project offers a master's degree program for qualified applicants who want to practice in Texas schools. Courses are delivered via distance technology with practicums in the students' local schools and medical facilities.
  • Mindy P. Maziarz (nutrition & food sciences, Houston) and Alexis Ortiz (physical therapy, Houston) were awarded a $137,000 grant from the Alliance for Potato Research and Education for their study to determine the resistant starch content of potatoes using different types of cooking methods and serving temperatures. A secondary goal of the project is to examine the acute impact of resistant starch in these potatoes on glucose homeostasis, satiety peptides, subjective satiety and subsequent energy intake in overweight females.
  • Jian Zhang (mathematics & computer science) was awarded a $55,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for her collaborative research project to determine whether spatial abstraction ability and skills can contribute to student success in understanding computer science concepts.
  • Xiaofen Du (nutrition & food sciences, Denton) was awarded a $3,500 grant from Truco Enterprises for her study to evaluate emulsion stability in an accelerated-aged, shelf-stable cheese product.
  • Texas Woman's University has been awarded $388,015 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program to establish and maintain clinical rotation sites in underserved communities for physical therapy and other health sciences students.

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.