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WSSU research endeavors are centralized to three areas: health and social justice, community and economic development, and STEM innovation. As a Historically-Black College and University (HBCU) our researchers benefit from having access to specialized communities, and having diverse perspectives that institutions without our designation recruit for research collaborations.   

Annual Figures 2018-19     

417 Students Supported

81 Awards

$37.1 M Awarded

7 Research Centers

Research at WSSU has a global impact. The translational research we conduct helps communities that need our support most. The basic research we explore contributes to the disciplines in ways only HBCUs can. Supporting research at WSSU supports more than just WSSU students, it supports our communities.


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WSSU Research In the News

  • Healthy relationships and the psychology of the heart

    February 14, 2020

    Dr. Naomi Hall-Byers, a faculty expert in relationship formation and maintenance, sheds some light on the importance of healthy relationships and their effect on college students’ mental, academic and physical health.
  • WSSU: A decade of progress

    December 12, 2019

    The last decade has seen incredible milestones at WSSU. Here are some of the highlights from 2010 to today.

  • WSSU receives nearly $2 million in new NSF grants

    December 03, 2019

    WSSU has received nearly $2 million in new grants from the National Science Foundation NSF that will expand research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the university.

  • Spatial Justice Studio announces 2019-20 grants

    November 27, 2019

    The Spatial Justice Studio at the CDI has awarded $12,500 in grants for projects that focus on developing meaningful solutions to spatial justice issues in Winston-Salem.

  • Applications open for Spatial Justice Fellows grant program

    August 27, 2019

    Through the program, up to four fellows will be selected and receive a stipend of up to a $2,500 to focus on developing meaningful solutions to spatial justice issues in Winston-Salem.

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