Research and Discovery News

  • Photo from a New York City suffragist parade.

    Share in WMU's stories of discovery with the Scholar Talks video series, featuring some of the ground-breaking work being done here.

    Scholar Talk videos
  • Photo of 2017 Stanford University Innovation Fellows.

    WMU students Jill Puckett and Nathan LaWarre have been chosen as Standford University Innovation Fellows.

    About the fellowship
  • Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Angles.

    A way with words: Dr. Jeffrey Angles is one of only a handful of non-native speakers ever to win Japan's Yomiuri Prize for Literature.

    About the prize
  • Photo of Dr. Lofton Durham.

    Dr. Lofton Durham, associate professor of theatre, has received a $6,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    About the grant


Obare named interim vice president for research | July 6
Dr. Sherine O. Obare has been named WMU's interim vice president for research, effective Aug. 1. She replaces Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, who is returning to the engineering faculty.

Grants to WMU soar past $3.7 million mark in April, May | June 30  
Grants to WMU passed the $3.7 million mark during April and May, bringing the year-to-date total for externally funded awards to more than $23.2 million.

Save the date for Fall Convocation | June 27
Plan now to attend activities Friday, Oct. 6, that include the presentation of WMU's annual campuswide awards and incoming President Edward B. Montgomery's first State of the University address.

Share the Story: Scholar Talks 2017 | May 31
Experience some of the ground-breaking work being done by WMU researchers and scholars.

NSF CAREER Awards received by WMU faculty | May 31

Drs. Fahad Saeed and Wendy Scott Beane have been awarded prestigious NSF CAREER Awards.

Find your research officer | May 31

The research office offers help with proposal development, submission and other pre-award activities as well as assistance with contract negotiation and development. Let us put you in touch with the right professional.

WMU theatre faculty member wins NEH grant | April 17

Dr. Lofton Durham, associate professor of theatre, has received a $6,000 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Sally Hadden wins William Nelson Cromwell Foundation grant | March 18, 2017

The grant will support publication of her forthcoming book on the forebears, formation and early years of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stanford names two WMU students as University Innovation Fellows | March 1

Jill Puckett and Nathan LaWarre are among 224 nationally and internationally named University Innovation Fellows, a global program run by Stanford University.

Professor wins prestigious Japanese literary prize for poetry | Feb. 20

Dr. Jeffrey Angles, world languages and literatures, is one of only a handful of non-native speakers ever to win the prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature.

Four researchers awarded Distinguished Grant Awards | Feb. 14

Drs. James Henry, Robert Bensley, Stephanie M. Peterson and Jianping Shen were honored at the 2017 Spring Convocation Ceremony. View award acceptances.


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The other potent greenhouse gas | Aug. 25, 2016

Carbon dioxide is often discussed as the driving force behind global climate change, but there’s another critical atmospheric gas made more potent by locked-in heat.

Degree research evolves into new company for WMU alumni in semiconductor industry | Aug. 25, 2016

Dr. Deepak Ravindra became a business owner at the same time he completed his doctoral degree through a unique collaboration with a faculty researcher focused on developing methods to machine extremely hard and brittle materials.

Multitalented microbiology student highly lauded for her scholarship | Aug. 24, 2016

Carol Beaver is already racking up awards and distinguishing herself as a scientific investigator.

Freshwater specialists keep fresh waters ... fresh | Aug. 24, 2016

Using a remotely operated underwater vehicle, an ROV, John Lutchko helps explore the subsurface waters around Traverse City, including in Grand Traverse Bay, a bay of Lake Michigan.

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