A PNW student does research in the lab.


PNW faculty and students work together to answer important questions, from the origin of the universe to the best way to recruit math teachers.

Professor Creighton researching with students

Our Impact By the Numbers

  • $8.9 million in research expenditures (2017)*
  • $34.7 million in external proposals (2019-20 FY)
  • $6.4 million in external awards (2019-20 FY)
  • 82 external grants awarded (2019-20 FY)

*2017 data based on NSF NCSES Survey

PNW scientist Lindsey Gielda

One of the powerful things about research, especially in the sciences, is that engaging with faculty members in research projects really allows students to apply knowledge that they’re learning in the classroom.”

Dr. Lindsay Gielda, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Additional Resources

Northwest Indiana Robotic Telescope

Research Centers

Building Knowledge

From astronomy to water, PNW’s diverse research centers drive a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Students researching on a laptop

Student Research

Practical experience

PNW provides hands-on opportunities for students to explore their passions.

Student showing his research board

Internal Funding

Research Support

Explore PNW funding to advance faculty research and scholarship.

Faculty Research Day Panel

Research Board

Oversight and Support

See the infrastructure for promoting faculty and student research.

Research News

Amanda Zelechoski is helping to build capacity and synergy in mental health training at PNW

Amanda Zelechoski is helping to build capacity and synergy in mental health training at PNW

Psychology professor Amanda Zelechoski’s came to PNW’s Department of Psychology in fall 2021 to fulfill a long-term goal: putting a dent in the concerning shortage of mental health assessment resources and training opportunities in Northwest Indiana.

Maureen Mascha is pictured.

Purdue University Northwest professor receives Fulbright Award

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) faculty member, Maureen Mascha, associate professor of Accounting, has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research related to sustainability reporting and textual data analytics at the University of Vaasa in Finland. 

A lion sculpture on PNW's campus

PNW Receives Generous $3 Million Gift for Future Impact Lab

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) alumnus and donor David Roberts and wife Susan Roberts generously gifted $3 million for a planned transformational Impact Lab. The Roberts Impact Lab at PNW will be a workspace for entrepreneurship, innovation and education collaboration.