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Opportunities at WVU

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 and NanoSAFE REU). Read over the information provided below and in the link. If you have questions, contact the person in charge of the that particular opportunity. Pay attention to deadlines and submit your application well ahead of the deadline for full consideration. 

Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

In the fall of 2017, the Office of Undergraduate Research will began a program called Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to allow freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with limited university research experience to use federal work-study funds or gain course credit for undergraduate research apprenticeships with WVU research faculty. Students participating in the program will conduct research in a wide variety if STEM and Non-STEM disciplines (examples: Music Therapy, Engineering, Medicine, Communications, Media, Accounting, Pharmaceutical Sciences).

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

SURE is a summer undergraduate research experience for students interested in careers in research or graduate school within their disciplines. Selected students work on research at WVU for 8 weeks during the summer under the direction of a WVU faculty research mentor and a graduate or post-doctoral mentor. Students receive a competitive stipend for their full-time research efforts. Students provide their own housing and enroll in and pay for a 1-credit course to accompany the SURE experience. Eligible undergraduates must 1) attend a West Virginia institution of higher learning (e.g., WVU, Fairmont State, Bethany, WVWC, Shepherd) or 2) permanently reside in West Virginia. Applicants are encouraged to have already connected with a faculty research adviser upon application to the SURE program.

NASA WV Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Provides state-level competitive funding for undergraduate students in a STEM discipline and enrolled in a
WVSGC affiliate institution to become involved in a research project under the supervision of their academic
adviser. Applications due in late-February to early March each year.

REU Site: Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University
Offers a unique 10-week summer research experience for chemistry and biochemistry undergraduates in a research and training environment akin to that of a graduate student. Students carry out research on projects that address fundamental questions related to the chemistry of health and catalysis in chemistry. Projects focus on the potential of research to benefit society both directly and indirectly in the fields of health care, forensics/criminology, energy, sustainability, and transportation. Room and board and a competitive stipend are offered. WVU students are not eligible.

NanoSAFE offers a unique 10-week summer research experience for undergraduates in science, engineering, and technology disciplines. Students carry out research on fundamental questions related to multifunctional nanomaterials. REU participants are trained on research projects that support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health. Student have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Room and board and a competitive stipend are offered. WVU students are not eligible.

CESTA (Community Engagement in Science Through Art)
CESTA is a 1-month summer program that is run as a  collaboration between Jessica Hoover (WVU, Chemistry), Jason Lee (WVU College of Creative Arts, Sculpture) and Todd Hamrick (WVU Statler College, Engineering and Robotics). The program accepts six students ( 2 chemists, 2 engineers, 2 artists ) who work collaboratively for 1 month to design and construct an interactive science-art installation that will engage the local community in chemistry. Each student participates in all stages of the project development (brainstorming, designing, construction, installation, unveiling, etc) and receives a stipend of $1,950 for the month. Each summer the program accepts applications from students with backgrounds in chemistry, engineering, and sculpture. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. More information on the program and the online application can be found at the CESTA website.

Center for Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Internships (SURI)

The SURI program offers research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students. Research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous-system functions. Projects are offered in sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; in neural injury and neuro-degeneration; and in neuropsychiatric diseases. Interns are expected to devote their time to well-defined research projects under the supervision of Center faculty members. Interns receive a competitive stipend and WVU dorm housing allowance. Eligible undergraduates must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university and have completed their second or third year. Preference is given to students considering research for their graduate careers, with strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, physics, or psychology, and with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

WVU Cancer Institute (WVUCI) Summer Research Fellowship Program

The WVUCI offers summer undergraduate research fellowships in clinical and basic cancer research. The fellowship program provides funded (stipend and research supply funding to host lab) research opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in cancer research. Each fellow is paired with a WVUCI scientist for a 10-week research project. Various research projects are available that provide a research experience focused upon molecular, biochemical and/or cellular approaches toward understanding the mechanism of cancer, the development of anticancer drugs, and applications of nanotechnology to cancer research. Participating labs focus upon blood and hematological malignancies such as leukemia or lymphoma, as well as breast, lung and head and neck cancers.

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. Given training and materials, Ambassadors travel throughout the state during the time frame of mid-May to mid-August and deliver prearranged STEM curriculum in a variety of settings. Events may include county 4-H day or overnight camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson’s Mill, the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV, and State 4-H Days on the WVU campus in Morgantown. Ambassadors receive a competitive stipend for each day of work with room and board provided while on assignment and with travel reimbursement. Eligible undergraduates must be STEM majors from WVU Institute of Technology or from the WVU Colleges of Eberly, Statler, or Davis (include majors such as agroecology and wood science).

McNair Scholars Program

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to colleges and universities to prepare eligible students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Scholars are from disadvantaged backgrounds (first generation college student with demonstrated financial need or underrepresented group) and have demonstrated strong academic potential (must have completed sophomore year of study). Schools work closely with their scholars as they complete their undergraduate requirements. Scholars are encouraged to enroll in graduate programs and then schools track their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees. The goal is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. Among other benefits, Scholars receive stipends for participation in academic year and summer research and participate in a six-week research project under the direction of a faculty mentor with research interests related to the Scholar's academic interests.

WV INBRE (Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence)

The mission of the WV-INBRE, as part of the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program, is to establish a consortium among selected institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia to enhance their capacity for educating and training their faculty and students in biomedical research. Interns receive a competitive stipend for 9-weeks of research in the area of biomedical sciences. WVU and Marshall students are not eligible.

A new student organization entitled Undergraduate Research Association (URA) began in fall 2016. URA works to " develop relationships among students interested or involved in undergraduate research and to raise the profile of undergraduate research."   Interested WVU students should consider attending a URA monthly meeting for more information.

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

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

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.