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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Available Now

Are you looking to get involved in undergraduate research? If so, please review the information on how to “ Get Started” (click and read “ How to Begin” and “ Finding a Research Adviser”) on the Office of Undergraduate Research  website ( http://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu). Researchers actively recruiting undergraduate researchers have postings on the “ Researcher Needed” tab. For instance Dr. Stephen Leonard and Dr. Melissa Patchen are currently seeking undergraduate researchers and their adverts are reproduced below. It is never too early to get involved in undergraduate research and the benefits are tremendous!  

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Posted on September 29, 2016: Dr. Stephen S. Leonard,  NIOSH – WVU School of Pharmacy, is seeking a student to work on various projects involving research on free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and the downstream damage/cytokine signaling they initiate. Dr. Leonard's research uses chemical, enzymatic, cellular and animal models to investigate these systems. His background is mainly in ROS and electron paramagnetic resonance and this is one of the main analysis tools used. Measurement of H2O2, oxygen consumption, DNA damage, cytokine activation, co-culture models and other systems involved in ROS activation/quenching/scavenging are also used. These methods are used to measure the possible toxic effect of occupational exposures to inhaled particles which include nanoparticles, smoke, fumes, blasting dust, fracking sand, and others.

Identifying and developing toxicity models for exposures to nanoparticles and other forms of inhaled materials can be the first step to not only identifying toxic substances, but also avenues to prevent serious health concerns for exposed workers.

Students will be expected to research for up to 6-10  hours per week (negotiable). Position is available in Spring semester. Students are encouraged to apply ASAP in order to allow time to process security clearance to the NIOSH facility. Student may receive course credit through independent study (or similar). Although there is some flexibility in which hours/days student works, the majority of these hours must occur on Monday-Friday between 8am and 4pm. Successful researcher may have the opportunity to apply to continue research via summer program mechanisms (e.g., SURE).

Dr. Leonard is looking for a student who exhibits strong communication and collaboration skills allowing the student to work successfully with other members of the lab along with a desire to learn laboratory research skills. Student should feel comfortable working with Microsoft Excel, Sigma Plot (or other statistical software). A background on biology and chemistry would be preferred.

Students interested in learning more about the project or interested in joining the research team should email a resume and availability to Dr. Leonard (SEL5@CDC.GOV) to setup a brief interview. The NIOSH facility is adjacent to the WVU Health Sciences Center, near the football stadium.

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Posted on September 28, 2016:  Dr. Melissa Patchan , Learning Sciences & Human Development, is seeking several students to work on a research project that examines the usefulness of peer feedback (e.g. feedback provided by students to help peers improve their writing). Students' primary responsibilities will involve sorting peer feedback comments based on certain features. Training and regular meetings with Megan Mikesell and Dr. Patchan will also be required.

Students will be expected to work for 10 hours per week. Positions are available in the Fall or Spring semesters. Students may receive course credit through independent study (or similar) or compensation through work-study if eligible. Although there is some flexibility in which hours/days students work, the majority of these hours must occur on Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.

We are looking for students who exhibit strong communication and collaboration skills allowing them to work successfully with other members of the lab. Students should feel comfortable working with Microsoft Excel (prior experience is not required, but students should be open to learning how to work in Excel).

Students interested in learning more about the project or interested in joining the research team should email a resume and availability to Dr. Patchan ( melissa.patchan@mail.wvu.edu) to setup a brief appointment.

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