UWF S-STEM Scholars program marks 5th year with student success

The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is celebrating the success of 25 remarkable students, thanks to the completion of a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the University received a grant totaling $649,888 from the National Science Foundation that provided scholarships, research/internship opportunities and professional development […]

Selina Detzel, Katelyn Bray and Emily Major, are UWF biology students who work with Dr. Frank Gilliam in studies of the campus ecosystem, with focuses on longleaf pine trees and gopher tortoises.

Study reveals history of longleaf pines on UWF’s Pensacola campus

Shortly after the University of West Florida hired him as a biology professor in the spring of 2018, Dr. Frank Gilliam walked the Pensacola campus in awe of the majestic canopy of trees. “I’m thinking, ‘this place is amazing’,” Gilliam said. “I’m looking at these longleaf pines, big wide oaks and magnolias and realizing someone […]

UWF team places among top in global cybersecurity competition

A University of West Florida student team ranked among the best in the world in the annual Global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, hosted virtually for the first time by Rochester Institute of Technology. UWF placed among the top 15 teams in the CPTC, advancing to the finals as a wild card entrant from the Southeast […]

(Pictured left to right) UWF's AI and Data Analytics Research Group team, Raffaele Galliera, Tobias Jacob and Muddasar Alì

Two UWF teams place in top 5 in national artificial intelligence competition

Two University of West Florida student teams showcased their Artificial Intelligence skills on a national stage. The UWF teams each placed in the top 5 of the prestigious AI Tracks at Sea Challenge. Hosted by the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific and the Naval Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Coordination Office, 32 teams from public […]

Fall 2020 cybersecurity graduate ‘destined for big things’ at IBM

In summer 2019, Michael Mitchell interned at IBM and soon after accepted a position with a six-figure salary on the contingency that he complete his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree at the University of West Florida. Mitchell held true to his word, earning his degree, and on Saturday, Dec. 12, he plans to watch […]

UWF re-designated as Cybersecurity Regional Hub for the Southeast US with expanded mission, region and partnerships

The University of West Florida has been re-designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as the Southeast Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Regional Hub. “This prestigious re-designation recognizes the excellent and innovative contributions by UWF’s Center for Cybersecurity,” UWF President Martha D. Saunders said. “UWF has developed a number […]

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STEM Success program dramatically improves students’ pass rates

First-year results from the STEM Success program reveal drastic improvements in chemistry course pass rates for University of West Florida students. The STEM Success program launched in Fall 2019 and students enrolled in Chemistry I passed at a 263% higher rate than students in the same course during the 2016-17 academic year. The pass rate […]

UWF study identifies US counties with high rates of COVID-19

A research team from the University of West Florida’s Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering has identified geographical areas of unusually high rates of COVID-19 infections and mortality. Their surveillance study locates COVID “hot spots” across the country through September. In spring, Dr. Raid Amin, a distinguished university professor in the Department of Mathematics […]

University of West Florida students learn the latest cybersecurity techniques in the Battle Lab in Building 4.

Master’s in cybersecurity online program ranks among best values in nation

Established as a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity education and workforce development, the University of West Florida cybersecurity program earned another distinction, signifying its rapid ascension. In only its second year of existence, UWF’s nationally designated Master of Science in Cybersecurity online program has been ranked as one of the best values in the nation, […]

Virtual cybersecurity training at the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections office 

UWF partners with Escambia County elections staff to enhance cybersecurity preparations

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity provided virtual training for the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections staff on Wednesday, July 15, in preparation for the 2020 general election. The election training session included how to report suspicious activity, demystifying the world of hackers and building a cybersecurity culture in which all staff members […]

Dr. Lisa Waidner, professor of biology at UWF, along with Captain DJ Johnson of Marine Services, Nine Henriksson, staff member of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation and graduate students Trupti Potdukhe and Carrie Daniel, venture out to multiple sites in Escambia County rivers, bays and bayous to measure the amount of Vibrio, the virus responsible for the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis, in the water on March 2, 2020. The scale of the survey is the area's largest, with 44 total sites.

UWF, Escambia County partner to test local waters for Vibrio bacteria

University of West Florida researchers are working with the Escambia County Natural Resources Management Department to test local waters for the presence and abundance of various Vibrio species, including those associated with the “flesh-eating” disease necrotizing fasciitis. Dr. Lisa Waidner, assistant professor, Dr. Jane Caffrey, professor, and Dr. Wade Jeffrey, professor, are heading up a […]

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UWF alumnus named NSF Graduate Research Fellow

University of West Florida alumnus Joseph “Joey” Yount was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will allow Yount to pursue a Ph.D. in materials engineering at Purdue University. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become leaders in their […]