Kevin Walden works in the Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR), working with students to help them explore undergraduate research and their future careers. A first-generation student from West Virginia, Kevin appreciates how important mentorship can be for students. “I think of myself and how I first came to the University, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just really loved having these advisors take an interest in me and they took it upon themselves to see that I would succeed,” Kevin said. “And I feel that is the role that our office plays for students.”
As part of his work at UGR, Kevin serves as a faculty advisor for the Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review (WVU’s student-led undergraduate research journal), organizes student participation and travel for conferences, helps facilitate and coordinate on-campus research symposia, and (more artistically) designs UGR’s research symposia booklets.Kevin was recently named as one of WVU’s first Shining STARS for his work making a positive impact at WVU.