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Faculty Mentors-RAP

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 such as:

• 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. Complete this Faculty Application for a Research Apprentice (found below) and provide a position description- Templates Link

2. Interview potential student

3. Ensure that the student is enrolled in the RAP Introduction to Research course- Honors 297

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

5. Confirm student time sheets and communicate this with the program coordinator on a biweekly basis.

6. Provide excellent mentorship to the student. 

7. Ensure that students comply with assessment requirements (e.g., reflection papers, surveys). 

8. Ensure Research Apprentices work 6 hours per week during the each semester.


Interested in hosting a Research Apprentice? 



 Apply for an Apprentice Here