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Activities to Supplement UG Research

During the summer months, we coordinate a series of workshops (e.g., responsible conduct of research, poster preparation & presentation, graduate school round table), career mentoring speakers, and an end-of-summer culminating poster symposium for all undergraduates taking part in research at WVU. We work with faculty and administrators of on-campus summer research programs (e.g., NSF-funded REU Sites, Center for Neuroscience SURI) to coordinate, organize, and advertise these activities to all interested parties. In addition, we work with the Honors College to administer the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program involving 8-weeks of summer research mentored by WVU faculty members. We encourage you, as a faculty research adviser, and your undergraduate researchers to apply to the SURE program.

During the academic year, we will work to connect you with undergraduate students with educational backgrounds and interests that align with your research interests and needs. If you would like us to post a "Researcher Needed" advertisement to the WVU undergraduate population, please provide:

  1. a brief description of your research project or research needs,
  2. experimental/theoretical skills an undergraduate researcher would acquire,
  3. expected duration of the project,
  4. qualifications required of an undergraduate researcher (e.g., must have successfully completed one semester of organic chemistry),
  5. location of the research project and expected weekly time commitment, and
  6. your contact information.

Many WVU majors offer a 497-level undergraduate research course (e.g., CHEM, PHYS, SEES, ACE, HONR, OTH) or capstone experience (e.g., BIOL 386) that your undergraduate researchers can enroll in to carry out research and earn academic credit toward their majors. Check the WVU Schedule of Courses to see if an undergraduate research course is offered for your students' specific majors.

In addition, the WVU Shared Research Facilities (SRF) provide students (undergraduate and graduate) and researchers with training, guidance, assistance, and access to cutting-edge materials, science and engineering equipment. The five SRF facilities are bionano, cleanroom, electron microscopy, high performance computing, and materials characterization. Instrumentation housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) located in Gaithersburg, MD (within a 3 hour drive from WVU) may be available for collaborative research between WVU faculty members and NIST researchers. Please be patient as we work to develop academic year programming activities to be offered by the WVU Office of Undergraduate Research.