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WV Academic Year UG Research Models

WV Academic Year UG Research Models

What? Session (short presentation and Q&A) on successful academic year research models.

Who Should Attend? Faculty, administrators and staff at institutions throughout West Virginia.

When? Tuesday November 10, 2020, 6-7 pm (EST)

Where? Zoom. Registration required. Receive Zoom link the day before the meeting.

Presenters - Michelle Richards-Babb (WVU), Cinthia Pacheco (WVU), Micheal Fultz (WVSU) and First2 Network representatives

Synopsis - Engaging undergraduates in authentic research allows students to find their niche within STEM, allowing them to advance through upper-level coursework and their chosen career. Would your West Virginia institution like to:

  • expand research opportunities for STEM undergraduate students during the academic year,
  • diversify the students provided with research opportunities, and/or
  • compensate students for engaging in academic year research?

 If so, please join us for this session where we will discuss successful statewide models that you can replicate at your own institution.  We will discuss:

  • academic year research models – the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) at West Virginia University, Research Rookies at West Virginia State University, and the First2 Research Scholars program (available throughout West Virginia),
  • associated mechanisms for compensating undergraduate researchers (e.g., Federal Work Study),
  • accompanying research curriculum, and
  • preliminary data on collegiate and STEM persistence.

Registration link:

Contact the WVU Office of Undergraduate Research by email at