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Program Summary

The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts a program called Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to allow freshman and sophomore level students to use federal work-study funds or gain course credit for undergraduate research apprenticeships with WVU research faculty. The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for students and facilitate their introduction to the concept of scholarship while learning the research or scholarly methods in their field. Research Apprentices will be introduced to research through a research assignment with a WVU faculty member. While much of the research may be fundamental skills (literature searches, summaries of primary sources, introduction to lab techniques), the goal is for the student to make significant contributions to the research while learning about the process of research or scholarship in the field. We expect for Research Apprentices to be fully integrated in research teams, group meeting and/or discussions. Research Apprentices will gain additional responsibilities as experience is accumulated

Student Tasks

Research Apprentices complete many tasks for faculty including:

• Literature searches

• Summaries of primary sources

• Data collection

• Data analysis

• Interview transcriptions 

• Laboratory techniques

• Data analysis

• Writing

Faculty Requirements

To receive a Research Apprentice, faculty must: 

1. Apply for an Apprentice using the link below. 

2. Interview potential student.

3. Complete a Mentor-Mentee Agreement delineating faculty and selected apprentice expectations. 

4. Provide  excellent mentorship to the student. 

5. Maintain continuous communication with RAP to update the student's performance and compliance with RAP requirements.

Interested in hosting a Research Apprentice? 

 Apply for an Apprentice Here    
Already a RAP mentor? 

  • Access here the handout for RAP mentors.
  • Sample of RAP Mentor Mentee Agreement
    • The document is just a sample of the MMA. The actual agreement should be filled out through Qualtrics. Instructions are sent after the student and faculty agree in working together. 
  • Syllabi
    • RAP accompanying course - First semester (HONR 297)
    • RAP accompanying course - Second semester (HONR 397)