Research at RWU

A Culture of Research, Scholarship and Creativity

Roger Williams University is committed to an environment in which research and creativity are integrally related to quality teaching at all levels. The University provides significant resources and administrative support to create active research programs.

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Marine and Biological Research

RWU Faculty, staff, and students are deeply engaged with research at the cutting edge of biology and marine science and technology as well as legal and policy issues around marine affairs. Many of these activities are externally sponsored through research grants from government agencies and departments, private foundations, and corporations.  The science and policy have impact on local, regional, and national interests in sustainability, economics, and society.

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Sustainability and Environmental Research

As a cross-cutting research area, sustainability and environmental research is conducted throughout the University in its schools, centers, and University college.  Faculty and students work on problems across a range of disciplines including architecture, engineering, construction management, business, law, politics, and culture.  These efforts continue to grow to meet the important needs of our ecology and environment in the 21st century.

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Innovation and Technology Research

Opportunities for innovation and technology research are becoming increasingly available at RWU.  There is an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the University to solve problems using innovative solutions to technical problems, social needs, or educational challenges.  Projects include open educational resources, cybersecurity programs, maker spaces, and virtual learning.

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Justice Studies Research

At RWU, research in the area of justice studies ranges from studies on interviewing and interrogation, smart policing initiatives, and reducing gun violence through integrated evidence sharing. Undergraduate and graduate students work with Faculty investigators on these projects, many funded externally including the Department of Justice and state and local police agencies.

Roger Williams University is committed to an environment in which research and creativity are integrally related to quality teaching at all levels. The University provides significant resources and administrative support to create active research programs.

Research Information by Discipline

Research Resources

Human Subjects Review Board

The HSRB at Roger Williams University (RWU) protects individuals who participate in research conducted at the university or as sponsored by a member of the RWU community. We also offer resources and consultation to students, staff, and faculty conducting research with human participants.

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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs work with faculty and staff to secure external foundation and government grants.

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Undergraduate Fellowships

RWU provides extensive guidance for undergraduate students seeking a range of prestigious fellowships. Fellowships are awards offered by organizations outside of RWU. Many provide significant financial support as well as invaluable opportunities to enhance your research, academic goals, and career plans.

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