WVU Students Receive Competitive Research Fellowships from NIST

Two West Virginia University undergraduates have been awarded National Science Foundation funded summer research fellowships with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST SURF) one of the leading research organizations in the world and home to four Nobel Prize winners. The NIST is a federal agency that develops technology, metrics and standards that are the basis for innovation and industrial competitiveness.

Sydney Brooks (Albuquerque, NM), a double major in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry and the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, and Tony Allen (Hurricane, WV), a major in the Department of Mathematics, are part of a select group of 130 students nationwide who will spend their summer conducting research in conjunction with NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland, near the nation’s capital.

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Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review (MURR) - Accepting Submissions

We are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for this year’s edition. The deadline for a student to submit his or her work will be set for May 10. Potential papers we are interested in publishing include but are not limited to papers describing or summarizing student's research projects, technical review, senior/honors thesis papers, and other technical research papers. We are happy to publish work from all academic disciplines. If you are interested in submitting a paper, please follow the following steps: 

1. Go to https://ojs.lib.wvu.edu/murr/index.php/murr

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Thanks for a Successful Undergraduate Spring Symposium

The 1st Annual WVU Undergraduate Spring Symposium was a success! Thank you to all 100+ undergraduate presenters, their faculty mentors, and the many faculty members and administrators who came out to mingle with both future and current students. More than 100 undergraduate students from wide-ranging disciplines, from engineering to audiology and agriculture to creative arts, explained the results of their original research and/or creative projects to attendees. Our undergraduates enthusiastically represented WVU to prospective students and their parents who were attending the April 8 Decide WVU Day. It was evident that WVU prepares students to "make knowledge, not just consume it." (Ryan Claycomb, Associate Dean, Honors College)

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions and Eberly College's SpeakWrite organized this campus-wide, culminating spring poster event to celebrate undergraduate scholarly activity (research/creative endeavors) whilst encouraging prospective students to decide on attending WVU.
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The Intercollegiate Biochemistry Program, the Biochemistry Student Club, and the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (ACS-SA) coordinated judging for biology/biochemistry/chemistry related projects. The results of this judging are given below:

Chemistry Division:
First Place - Dylan Leary (Faculty Mentor: Carsten Milsmann)
Second Place - Josef Heller (Faculty Mentor: Kung Wang)
Third Place - Anika Rowe (Faculty Mentor: Maura McLaughlin)

Biology - Animal Division:
First Place - Sundus Lateef (Faculty Mentors: Janet Tou & Vagner Benedito)
Second Place - Curtis Patton  (Faculty Mentor: Scott Bowdridge)
Third Place - Rachel Tallman  (Faculty Mentor: Paul Lockman)

Biology - Non-Animal Division:
First Place - Stephanie Arnold (Faculty Mentor: Daniel Panaccione)
Second Place - Lacey Smith (Faculty Mentor: Edward Brzostek)
Third Place - Loren King (Faculty Mentor: Craig Barrett)

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Undergraduates Represent WVU at NCUR

Four WVU undergraduates are currently (April 6-8, 2017) in Memphis, TN at the University of Memphis representing WVU at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). This is the first time in recent memory that WVU has been represented at NCUR and these four students were selected from a competitive pool of applicants. Along with 1000+ other undergraduates from institutions nationwide, our students will present the results of their research to attendees, gather information about graduate schools, and learn from leaders in their respective fields.
 
Our 2017 NCUR representatives are:

Please join us in congratulating these undergraduates on their NCUR selection and participation. The WVU Office of Undergraduate Research supported this opportunity and Ms. Hellen Nditsi, Program Coordinator, graciously agreed to chaperone the students on their trip to NCUR.

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Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalists

Come out and support the Eberly Finalists, graduate students Albert Pilkington, Jenny Ozga, and Kathleen Thompson, as they present their Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) on Thursday April 6 at 6 pm in Room G21 in Ming Hseih Hall. Information about the 3MT competition can be found at: http://graduateeducation.wvu.edu/current-students/events/3mt. 3MT is a worldwide event that was founded at the University of Queensland.

Click here for a flyer of this event.

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WVU Undergraduate Spring Symposium (April 8) - Everyone is Welcome!

The 1st Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday April 8, 2017 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms on the WVU Main Campus. This event is free and open to everyone at the university as well as to members of the general public.

More than 100 undergraduate students from wide-ranging disciplines, from engineering to audiology and agriculture to  creative arts, will explain the results of their original research and/or creative projects with attendees. Poster abstracts and titles can be viewed in the symposium program guide. The poster event will coincide with prospective student and family attendance at the April 8 Decide WVU Day at the Mountainlair. Undergraduate presenters will share their experiences with incoming WVU freshmen and their parents to show them what amazing work our WVU undergraduates are doing.

The WVU Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions, Eberly College's SpeakWrite, the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (ACS-SA), the Intercollegiate Biochemistry Program, and the Biochemistry Student Club  are organizing this campus-wide, culminating spring poster event to celebrate undergraduate scholarly activity (research/creative endeavors) whilst encouraging prospective students to decide on attending WVU.

Symposium Schedule of Events
11:30-11:55 a.m. Poster Setup ─ Undergraduate presenters arrive, register, and put up posters.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Poster Presentations ─ Free and open to all and concurrent with any judging. All are welcome: parents and prospective students, research advisors, graduate students, undergraduate participants, and general public.

3:00-3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks & Poster Take-Down ─ Any posters remaining after 3:30 pm will be removed by the staff

More info? Contact undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu

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Library Workshops - Lit Reviews etc

Evansdale Library will host three more workshops this semester. No registration necessary. Bring a laptop or use a library computer. All sessions are in room 130. For more information, contact Beth Royall, beth.royall@mail.wvu.edu.

March 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.— Introducing the process of doing a literature review, which should be particularly useful for graduate students looking ahead to their theses or dissertations.

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2017 WVU STEM Ambassador Program

WVU Stem Ambassadors act as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events across the state of West Virginia. Given training and materials, ambassadors travel throughout the state during the summer and deliver pre-arranged STEM curriculum in a variety of settings. Events include county 4-H day or overnight camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV, the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV, and camps on the WVU campuses in Morgantown and Beckley.

This is a great opportunity for students to earn some extra money this summer, improve their teaching and leadership skills, and camp in beautiful locations in the West Virginia wilderness all while spreading their enthusiasm for science to children across the state. This will be the fifth year of the program and the more than fifty previous STEM Ambassadors who served in summers 2012-2016 have reported that the program was a life changing experience. More importantly, because many of the more than 50,000 children served in the last five years have little access to hands-on science or college students and/or graduates, the STEM Ambassadors can actually change lives by inspiring future scientists and engineers.

Program Details:
This program is run through WVU Extension Services, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. At this time, participation from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the WVU Institute of Technology is undetermined.  Undergraduate and graduate STEM majors from these colleges may apply for the positions and will be paid a $3,000-$4,000 stipend for the full project (total days vary depending on schedule and need) to teach hands-on science activities to youth across the state.  Room and board will be provided at the various camps and travel is reimbursed.  Ambassadors are guaranteed at least 25 days of work on the project during the May 22 through August 11, 2017 timeframe or a portion thereof (greater total days are possible depending on scheduling and need). Priority is given to applications received by Monday March 13, 2017 but will be taken until all positions are filled.

More details and a full list of qualifying STEM majors is listed in the Position Announcement. A direct link to both the application and position announcement is available here: http://4-hyd.ext.wvu.edu/stem/stem-ambassadors

Jen Robertson-Honecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Specialist
West Virginia University Extension Service
4-H Youth Development
PO Box 6031
616 Knapp Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506
Office: 304.293.8130
Jen.Robertson@mail.wvu.edu

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