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Innovation in Appalachia Research Symposium

Event Canceled

Thanks to everyone who registered and expressed interest in this event. During the past few weeks as COVID-19 has escalated into a pandemic, things have changed rapidly. Here at WVU, like many universities around the country, the campus has switched to remote operations for the foreseeable future. We are now at the point where summer study abroad programs have been canceled and, in an abundance of caution, we are now postponing the event. 

We will be in touch with you as and when we emerge from the current state of affairs and determine a date. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Associate Dean for Research Duncan Lorimer if you would like to discuss anything and/or if you would like to make contact with any of our faculty working in research areas that are of interest to you. We wish you well over the coming months and look forward to seeing you all on campus before too long.


May 18-19, 2020

Morgantown, West Virginia

Showcase your undergraduate research and explore pathways to graduate studies at the inaugural Innovation in Appalachia Research Symposium. This event is hosted by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, with support from the Office of the Provost and the Research Office. Applications are now open. 

The symposium invites sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors as of May 2020) conducting research in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, physics, sociology or world languages, literatures and linguistics to present research posters, connect with fellow students across Appalachia and beyond, meet world-class faculty and graduate students, and tour WVU's research facilities.

Participation in this two-day symposium is free. The application process is competitive and requires students to submit an abstract of the poster they wish to present. Those accepted will receive free onsite lodging and meals and a travel allowance to get to and from campus. All posters will be evaluated by a panel of local and regional judges. The top three poster presentations in each research area will receive cash prizes. (Note: Current WVU students are not eligible to apply.)

Deadline extended: Applications will remain open through March 1, 2020 or until slots are filled. Questions? Contact Duncan Lorimer, associate dean of research for the Eberly College, at duncan.lorimer@mail.wvu.edu with the subject line "Innovation in Appalachia Symposium."

Apply for the symposium.

Symposium agenda

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Monday, May 18

3 p.m. Students arrive and check in

6 p.m. Welcoming reception, dinner and poster session


Tuesday, May 19

7:30 a.m. Breakfast at dining halls on campus

9 a.m. Welcoming remarks by WVU leadership

9:30 a.m. Overview of research facilities 

10 a.m. Break out into groups for presentations and department tours

12:30 p.m. Lunch with graduate students

2 p.m. Campus tours

3 p.m. Meet with faculty

4 p.m. Awards ceremony

5 p.m. Event conclusion

About West Virginia University

WVU maintains a very high research activity rank. We're an R1 institution, the most elite category for research-focused schools, alongside such universities as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins. Only 130 of the nation’s 4,500 colleges and universities attain this ranking from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Contributions by departments in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are key to this continued recognition and success.