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Exploring Innovation in Appalachia: an Undergraduate Research Symposium

August 11, 2021

Morgantown, West Virginia

Showcase your undergraduate research and explore pathways to graduate studies at the inaugural Exploring Innovation in Appalachia: an Undergraduate Research Symposium. This fully online event is hosted by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. Applications are now open.

The symposium invites sophomores, juniors and rising seniors conducting research in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, communication studies, environmental geoscience, geography, geology, history, mathematics, physics or world languages, literatures and linguistics to present research, connect with fellow students across Appalachia and beyond, meet world-class faculty and graduate students, and learn about WVU's research facilities.

Participation in this symposium is free.
The application process is competitive and requires students to submit an abstract of the project they wish to present. All online presentations will be evaluated by a panel of local and regional judges. The top three presentations in each research area will receive cash prizes. (Note: Current WVU students are not eligible to apply.)

The format of the meeting will attempt to mimic an in-person experience as much as possible. We will be using GatherTown to host the event and participants will be able to view posters in real time and have discussions with the presenters. We are also planning to host panel discussions with current WVU graduate students, as well as a faculty/student panel discussion spotlighting current research into climate change by researchers in the Eberly College.

Applications will remain open through July 16, 2021 or until slots are filled.

Contact Duncan Lorimer, associate dean of research for the Eberly College, at with the subject line "Innovation in Appalachia Symposium."

Apply for the symposium.

About West Virginia University

WVU is committed to inclusive excellence in research and mentoring. We're an R1 institution — a national designation of highest research activity given to the top 3% of colleges and universities by the Carnegie Classifications. We're also a leader in student success and professional development, recognized by the Brookings Institute and others for the exceptional upward mobility of our graduates. Contributions by departments in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are key to these continued successes.