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Student Spotlights

  • Jackie Arnold

    Chemical Engineering

    Research Advisor: Dr. Cerasela Dinu, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

    New kitten owner and movie buff, Jackie Arnold, is a junior chemical engineering major from Charlestown, WV. She is passionate about research and hopes to contribute to humanity's knowledge and better future generations.
  • Chris Anderson

    Civil Engineering

    Research Advisor: Dr. Emily Garner, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Ambitious senior Civil Engineering student, Chris Anderson, has always called West Virginia his home. With aims of attending graduate school for Environmental Engineering, Chris sought out Dr. Emily Garner’s lab to expand his experiences.
  • Michelle Coleman

    Exercise Physiology and Psychology

    Research Advisor: Dr. James Lewis, Department of Neuroscience

    As a Delaware native, Michelle was first attracted to the small-town atmosphere and pride associated with being a student at WVU. Since moving to Morgantown, she has also found love for the beautiful campus scenery when walking between classes.
  • Kaley Vestal


    Research Advisor: Dr. Tom Sura, Department of English

    Theatre enthusiast Kaley Vestal is a senior English major from Rainelle, West Virginia. She started doing research in the spring of 2018 through the Research Apprenticeship Program here at WVU alongside Dr. Thomas Sura.
  • Mitchell Barna

    Civil Engineering

    Research Advisor: Dr. Dimitra Pyrialakou, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    With the goal of positively impacting the lives of the people around him, senior civil engineering student and LSAMP recipient, Mitchell Barna, has spent the past summer as a part of SURE tracking patterns of transportation disadvantages.
  • Gage Jackson


    Research Advisor: Dr. Jessica Hoover, Chemistry

    WVU's undergraduate research community is excited to spotlight NSF LSAMP recipient and SURE participant Gage Jackson! Gage is a senior chemistry major working with Dr. Jessica Hoover.
  • Olga Hawranick


    Research Advisor: Vicki Sealey, Mathematics

    The big thing I realized when doing research with my faculty mentor was that research takes time. It’s not as quick as you’d think. A lot of work goes behind the scenes and getting to be a part of that is pretty sweet!
  • Colter Uscola


    Research Advisor: Dr. Lisa Dilks, Sociology

    The process of getting an idea, deciding to test it, and compiling enough knowledge to make it happen is absolutely enjoyable. The end result is an amazing feeling. In the end, I'd say getting a better understanding of the social world is what I love most about doing research.
  • De’Anthony Morris

    Human Nutrition & Foods

    Research Advisor: Jacek Jaczynski, Food Science

    What I like most about doing research is seeing the results from our experiments. It’s satisfying seeing the results of 8+ hours doing lab work.
  • Brittany Smith

    Public Health

    Research Advisor: Dr. Michael Brumage, Public Health

    What I like the most about research is being able to prevent suffering through answering questions and digging deeper into some of society’s most pressing issues.
  • Aerianna McClanahan


    Research Advisor: Dr. Rosemary Hathaway, English

    I like how mutualistic it [research] is - everyone involved has something to gain! By making the decision to participate in or do research, you are stepping into something that requires you to keep your mind open. You get the chance to constantly learn, grow, and find ways to connect with others.
  • Jessica Hogbin

    History, Italian Studies, & Religious Studies

    Research Advisor: Dr. Matthew Vester, History

    Research has given me the opportunity to expand my horizons and get to read books that I simply wouldn't normally have time for during the school year.
  • Noah Spencer


    Research Advisor: Rita Rio, Evolutionary Biology/Microbiology/Vector Biology

    I absolutely love discussing scientific literature with my lab. Reading other papers from my field really makes me feel like my research is part of this larger narrative that spans across decades and countries.