The WKU Research Foundation has launched a new website at WKURF.org. The website serves as a cross-campus research showcase dedicated to the advancement of research initiatives and the publication of information about research and scholarly project outcomes and their impact.
“The Board of Directors of the WKU Research Foundation is so excited to have the opportunity to spearhead a project of this scope,” said Dr. Cheryl Stevens, President of the WKU Research Foundation. “Not only does it introduce some of our incredible research faculty and students, but it also tells our story to prospective students, faculty and collaborators. It has the potential to be truly impactful.”
At launch, the website focuses on 12 WKU research and service centers:
- Advanced Materials Institute
- Applied Physics Institute
- Engineering Manufacturing Commercialization Center
- Folk Studies and Anthropology/Kentucky Folklife Program
- Kentucky Climate Center
- National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
- Nondestructive Analysis (NOVA) Center
- Ogden College Electron Microscopy Facility
- The Biotechnology Center
- Thermal Analysis Laboratory
- WKU Small Business Accelerator
“Besides high quality research capabilities, several of these research centers have business components that offer analytical and prototyping services for local and national companies,” Dr. Stevens said. “WKU students have participated in laboratory experiences that have helped them develop highly technical skills, an entrepreneurial view, and relationships with private companies making these students very competitive for further education and job placement.”
Through a collaborative partnership with the WKU Office of Public Affairs, the website integrates with WKU Research News and provides additional content including research spotlights, student spotlights, WKU Research Foundation project updates and more.
The website also presents a platform to recognize the research contributions of faculty, students, alumni and community leaders through their inclusion in the “Movers & Shakers” directory.
Students, faculty, community members and businesses can visit the website not only to find information related to research and outcomes, but also to learn about opportunities to get involved.
The “Get Involved” section highlights new opportunities for each group; an event calendar spotlights important dates such as grant deadlines, workshops, webinars and training resources.
The platform is meant to serve as an ongoing resource providing continuous updates. Built-in feedback mechanisms will facilitate submissions from the WKU community for research center showcases, event listings, spotlight articles and additions to the Movers & Shakers directory.
The WKU Research Foundation monthly email newsletter will also provide subscribers with access to a curated list of updates.
About the WKU Research Foundation: The WKU Research Foundation is composed of board members with expertise in various areas of science, technology, entrepreneurship, business development, economic development, and fundraising. The expertise of its members gives the board has the potential to connect resources in order to advance initiatives developed by WKU faculty and students. The RF Board is interested in facilitating the connection of these resources to several campus initiatives, supporting their growth and long-term viability.
Contact: WKU Research Foundation, (270) 745-6733