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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
  • 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
  • Summer Undergraduate Vision Research Fellowship Program

    The West Virginia University Eye Institute will offer an undergraduate summer research fellowship opportunity beginning May 2020.
    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

    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    
  • 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    

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


  • 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

    Accepting applications now through February 2020 . 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 
  • Future REU Sites

    Please check back for future WVU REU sites in the summer! Proposals are currently under development.

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