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WVU Opportunities

Find Your Opportunity

Given below are a list of opportunities that take place at WVU and are available, on a competitive basis, to WVU and non-WVU students. Some opportunities have restrictions and are only open to non-WVU students (e.g., WV-INBRE Summer Program and Chemistry REU).


(Dependent upon eligibility criteria)

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

    A summer undergraduate research experience that allows students interested in graduate school to continue their research in their discipline or related discipline through 8 weeks of summer. Students receive a competitive stipend for their full-time research efforts.

    More about SURE
  • Astrophysics REU

    A 10-week summer program for undergraduate student research, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). WVU is proud to host an REU site focused on astrophysical research. Each student will be associated with a specific research project, where he/she will work closely with their faculty research mentor and other researchers. Students receive a $5,000 stipend, $300 in travel expenses, meals, and lodging.

    More about Astrophysics REU
  • WVU Robotics REU

    This NSF-funded REU Site, the Undergraduate Robotics Research in Human-Swarm Interaction project, will provide training, mentorship and support to undergraduate students so that they can become independent researchers in the area of robotics. Throughout the project, the faculty and graduate student mentors will encourage creative thinking and frequent interactions to enhance the students' problem-solving skills.

    More about the Human-Swarm Interaction Project
  • Summer Undergraduate Vision Research Fellowship Program

    The West Virginia University Eye Institute will offer an undergraduate summer research fellowship opportunity beginning May 2021.
    The highly selective program will emphasize components of basic vision research with regards to ocular diseases and exploration of new diagnostic and treatment methods.

    More about Vision Research Fellowship

  • WVU Cancer Institute (WVUCI) Summer Research Fellowship Program

    The fellowship program provides funded (stipend and research supply funding to host lab) research opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in cancer research.

    More about WVUCI
  • NASA WV Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

    Provides state-level competitive funding for undergraduate students in STEM disciplines and enrolled in a WVSGC affiliate institutions to become involved in research under the supervision of faculty mentors.

    More about WVSGC

    WV-INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) hosts HSTA (Health Sciences Technology Academy) during the academic year. WVU/Marshall students fill out separate applications from other Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

    More about WV-INBRE HSTA
  • MD/PhD Summer Research Internship

    The MD/PhD Summer Research Internship is an 8-week hands-on program designed for students interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist. The internship provides an opportunity to actively engage in biomedical research and gain clinical shadowing experience.

    More about MD/PhD Internship

OPPortunities for WVU Students

  • Beckman Scholars Program

    In 2020, West Virginia University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to establish a Beckman Scholars Program at WVU.

    More about Beckman Scholars Program
  • Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

    Through RAP, undergraduate students with limited or no research experience engage in academic year research apprenticeships with WVU research faculty.

    More about RAP
  • STEM Ambassadors

    WVU STEM Ambassadors act as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events across the state of West Virginia.

    More about STEM Ambassadors
  • AGE-ADAR Scholars Program

    The Appalachian Gerontology Experiences: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (AGE-ADAR) Scholars Program is a two-year paid summer program where students will take courses on aging and health disparities in Appalachia, as well as participate in intensive hands-on research. Students will take part in courses and workshops focusing on written and oral communication skills and professional development.

    More about AGE-ADAR


  • Chemistry REU 

    Offers a unique 10-week summer research experience for chemistry and biochemistry undergraduates in a research and training environment like that of a graduate student.

    More about Chemistry REU  
  • WV-INBRE Summer Program

    WV-INBRE (Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) is a consortium of higher education in West Virginia educating and training faculty and students in biomedical research for 9 weeks.  WVU and Marshall students NOT eligible for the summer program. 

    More about WV-INBRE Summer Program 
  • KINETIC Plasma Physics REU

    This 10-week summer REU program allows students to explore the exciting field of plasma physics, the study of the “fourth state of matter” making up the stars, space, and fusion reactors. Funded by the WVU Center for KINETIC Plasma Physics, this REU has students work with in-house cutting-edge laboratory experiments, observations from NASA satellites, and simulation data from some of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers. Selected students will receive $6,000 stipend, $300 in travel expenses, meals and lodging.

    More about Plasma Physics REU  

Also Available:

Undergraduate Research 
Association (URA)

URA  works to develop relationships among students interested or involved in undergraduate research and to raise the profile of undergra duate research. Interested WVU students should consider attending a URA monthly meeting for more information.

Research or Intern Abroad

You might want to also consider doing research or an internship as part of a study abroad experience. Visit the WVU Study Abroad website for more information and to search for programs that meet your interests. 

Prestigious Research Scholarships or Fellowships 

Do you need help applying for prestigious scholarships or fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Gilman, Goldwater)? Contact the WVU Aspire Office.


Health Related Careers

Are you interested in applying for health professional school (e.g., dental, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy, or allopathic/osteopathic medical)? Contact the Pre-Health Professional Development Office. 

WVU Pre-Health Office