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The Office of Undergraduate Research enhances academic excellence through undergraduate research and creative endeavors. We connect undergraduate students who have strong and committed interests in research and creative endeavors to faculty members, programs, and research-related opportunities that are aligned with their interests.

For Undergraduate Students, the Office of Undergraduate Research:

  • offers on-campus programming (e.g., SURE), career mentoring speakers, and coordinated workshops (e.g., responsible conduct of research, preparing a scientific poster);
  • connects students with on-campus research opportunities;
  • connects students with off-campus/external research opportunities;
  • offers advice on applying for undergraduate research opportunities (on-campus and off-campus);
  • offers advice on enhancing your application for undergraduate research opportunities;
  • offers advice on finding travel funding and preparing your research for presentation;
  • connects students with opportunities to present their research (e.g., URDC and Posters on the Hill); and
  • connects student researchers with faculty.

For Faculty Mentors, the Office of Undergraduate Research:

  • connects faculty with student researchers;
  • aids faculty members in supporting undergraduate research activities;
  • provides budgetary templates and language for inclusion of undergraduate researchers in proposals;
  • aids faculty in writing proposals to support undergraduate research sites (e.g., NSF  REU Siteproposals);
  • offers on-campus programming (e.g., SURE), career mentoring speakers, and coordinated workshops for undergraduate researchers; and
  • acts as a resource for undergraduate research activities across WVU.
  • Michelle Richards-Babb

    Michelle Richards-Babb, Ph.D.

    Professor, Chemistry & Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

    Michelle Richards-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, Richards-Babb is a Professor within the WVU C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry where she teaches and carries out research on chemistry education. As an undergraduate senior, she performed research on the solution thermodynamics of polymers. She clearly remembers her mother typing her final undergraduate research report on a manual typewriter. Richards-Babb, a first generation college student, credits her undergraduate research experience with giving her the confidence to apply to and attend graduate school.

  • Kimberly Quedado

    Kimberly Quedado, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director, Research Apprenticeship Program, Office of Undergraduate Research

    Kimberly Quedado, a West Virginia native and first generation college student earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the primarily undergraduate institution, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. She continued her education at West Virginia University at which she received her M.S., Ph.D., and M.A. degrees. Quedado has diverse experience in higher education as both an assistant professor teaching chemistry and biochemistry related courses and as a manager of graduate and undergraduate traineeship programs.

  • Kevin Walden

    Kevin Walden

    Program Specialist, Office of Undergraduate Research

    Kevin Walden was raised in Grafton, West Virginia and earned a B.A. in English and biology from WVU. At WVU, he served as a research assistant for the West Virginia Dialect Project studying Appalachian dialect features throughout the state. Upon graduation, he attended the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.S.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development. There he served as a research assistant studying the impact of a civic engagement curriculum on academic identity development in high school students. In addition, he worked as a Graduate Associate in College Housing, where he programmed events to support the social, professional, and academic development of undergraduate residents.

OUR Location & HOURS



Fall/Spring 2018-19 Semester Hours 

Monday-Friday: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Mailing Address 

Office of Undergraduate Research 
Student Services Center 
PO Box 6212 
West Virginia University 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6212 

Physical Address (for package delivery) 

Office of Undergraduate Research 
Student Services Center 
700 College Avenue 
West Virginia University 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6212 Student Services Center 

Student Services Center: The Office of Undergraduate Research

Student Services Center, Room 305

NOTE: The Student Services Center Building is on the WVU Main Campus. It is located across from Oglebay and just beyond the WVU Bookstore, on the corner of College Avenue and Maiden Lane.

If you have any questions, not answered by the information on the OUR website, or would like to make an appointment to discuss undergraduate research opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Undergraduate Research by email ( or telephone at 304-293-9354.