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Research Apprenticeship Program

Program Overview

Research Apprenticeship Program

The Office of Undergraduate Research is piloting a program called Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to allow freshman and sophomore level students to use federal work-study funds 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. The program is synergistic with student financial and academic needs as apprentice positions are compliant with the stated Federal Work-Study Program Participation Agreement's requirement “to the maximum extent practicable, that will complement and reinforce each recipient’s educational program or career goals” (Federal Work Study Handbook 2016-17)

Research Apprentices will be introduced to research through a work study 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. 

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