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Enhancing Your Application

Our Tips:

When applying for an undergraduate research internship or co-op opportunity the amount of effort you put into completing the application counts. Typically, besides the application itself, you will be asked to provide:

  • an upated resume
  • an essay or personal statement
  • a letter of recommendation.

It is important to follow the application guidelines precisely and directly respond to any prompt questions put forth in the essay. 

As needed, the Office of Undergraduate Research can provide advice and feedback on components of your application. Before contacting UGR, please look over the information available within the  Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science's Resource Toolbox as well as that provided by the  WVU ASPIRE Office. Pertinent information from these two sources is highlighted below.


Creating a Winning Application and  Enhancing Your Application (IBP)

Recommendation Letters

NOTE: Recommendation letters should be professional (i.e., written on institutional or departmental letterhead with return address and with recommender's signature).  

Essays and Personal Statements