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Michelle Richards-Babb, Director of the Office of Undergraduate ResearchMichelle Richards-Babb, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry & Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Background: Dr. Babb did not attend college immediately upon graduation from high school. Instead, she worked within the equine industry. Eventually, she earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Ursinus College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Lehigh University. Currently, Dr. Babb is an Associate Professor within the WVU C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry where she teaches and carries out research on chemistry education. As an undergraduate senior, Dr. Babb performed research on the solution thermodynamics of polymers. She clearly remembers her mother typing her final undergraduate research report on a manual typewriter. Dr. Babb, a first generation college student, credits her undergraduate research experience with giving her the confidence to apply to and attend graduate school.

Kim Quedado, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Research Apprenticeship Program, Office of Undergraduate Research

Hellen Nditsi, MPA
Hellen Nditsi, Program Coordinator
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Research Apprenticeship Program, Office of Undergraduate Research
Background: Hellen Nditsi is originally from Ghana, West Africa. She attended high school in NJ and moved to Morgantown for higher education. At WVU, she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Hellen is now enrolled in a doctoral program in the WVU College of Education and Human Services. As an undergraduate student, Hellen was a Resident Assistant, Teaching Assistant, part of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, WVNano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program, and the McNair Scholars Program. She conducted research projects and presented at National Conferences. Undergraduate research and faculty mentors contributed immeasurably to Hellen's academic, professional, and personal development.

Members of the Advisory Council

Dr. Katherine Aaslestad, History
Dr. Ken Blemings, Biochemistry & Dean of the Honors College
Dr. Naomi Boyd, Finance
Dr. Paul Chantler, Exercise Physiology
Dr. Cerasela Zoica Dinu, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Paul Hernandez, Educational Psychology
Dr. Eugenia Pena-Yewtukhiw, Soil Physics & Management
Dr. Rhonda Reymond, Art History
Dr. Rosana Schafer, Immunology & Medical Microbiology
Dr. Richard Thomas, Biology
Dr. Sam Zizzi, Sport and Exercise Psychology