What is an ideally diverse and inclusive university? (Feb. 21)

When you imagine an ideally diverse and inclusive university, what do you see? How does it feel to be a part of that community? What makes it a better place to learn, teach, create and live? What are some of the features of an ideally diverse and inclusive university? What can we do, right now, to get there?

Join discussion leaders Daniel Brewster, an instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and LGBTQ+ Center Director Cris Mayo in The Speculation Academy's first conversation of the spring 2019 semester on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. at Maple House (724 College Ave.). All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. 

The Speculation Academy is an interdisciplinary discussion series devoted to the exploration of new and experimental ideas in a supportive and respectful community of students and faculty. The Speculation Academy is organized by the Department of Philosophy with support from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the WVU Humanities Center.

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Applications open for paid 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Undergraduates are encouraged to apply to carry out scholarly activity (research/creative work) via the SURE program. Applications for the 2019 SURE program are now open (March 1 application deadline). SURE is a paid undergraduate research experience for students interested in graduate school and research/creative work within their discipline or a related discipline. 

2019 SURE program dates are May 28-July 26, 2019.

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CED recruiting students from diverse backgrounds for Diversity and Disability Fellowship Program

The Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) is recruiting graduate and professional students to participate in the Disability and Diversity Fellowship Program who are pursuing careers working with individuals with disabilities. A graduate student from a diverse background will be awarded an assistantship starting in the fall semester and continuing through the spring of 2020. This fellowship pays $6,500 for the two semesters, paid bi-weekly.

For more information, visit www.cedwvu.org/diversity-disability-fellowship-program or call Courtney Lanham at 304-293-4692 or email celanham@hsc.wvu.edu.

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WVU Cancer Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program Now Accepting Applications

The West Virginia University Cancer Institute offers undergraduate research opportunities every summer in clinical and basic cancer research. The highly competitive program provides funding and opportunities for students who want to pursue careers in cancer research. Each student receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses and accommodation in Morgantown, WV. Students are responsible for securing housing. Additional $1,000 is provided for research supplies to the host lab. The student is paired with an Institute scientist for a 10-week research project. Various projects are available that provide a research experience focused upon molecular, biochemical and/or cellular approaches toward understanding the mechanism of cancer, the development of anticancer drugs and applications of nanotechnology to cancer research. The participating labs focus on blood and hematological malignancies such as leukemia or lymphoma, as well as breast, lung and head and neck cancers.

This year’s summer program will start on Monday, May 20, 2019 and continue for 10 weeks. Students are required to prepare a poster and present the results of their summer research project at a research symposium held on the last day of the experience, Monday, July 29, 2019.

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Register for the International Student Career Symposium (Feb. 22)

Friday, February 22
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Room 109 in the Mineral Resources Building (MRB) on Evansdale

International students face unique adversity when entering the U.S. job market in addition to the typical job search challenges. This career symposium is designed to specifically address those challenges such as cultural differences in the job search process and common mistakes by international students in finding H1B visa sponsors.

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Graduate assistant opportunities available at WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

The LEND Program at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is recruiting graduate students from health and related disciplines for graduate assistantships starting in fall 2019. 

The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with disabilities. This is accomplished by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by insuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. 

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Study away with the National Student Exchange

Interested in an enhancing study away experience with the National Student Exchange (NSE) at one of 200 accredited institutions within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands?

NSE provides an opportunity for students to explore a new area and assess the feasibility of living there for a future program of study or for work. Through NSE students have the ability to enrich your personal and educational experiences, become more independent, immerse yourself in a new and different environment, take courses that may not be available at WVU, acquire new life skills, explore new areas of study, break out of your comfort zone, search for graduate schools or employment opportunities and experience life from a different point of view.

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Sophomores invited to apply for Honors EXCEL

This fall, the Honors College will start the Honors Experiential Learning and Community Engaged (EXCEL) program, which encourages students to take a deep dive into passion projects. Any sophomore student—not just current Honors students—who has a 3.4 GPA can apply. These are students who enrolled in WVU in fall 2017 or spring 2018. 

Students will receive funding, mentorship and coursework to help them succeed. Projects may focus on research, internships, creative work, study abroad or community engagement. Creativity is encouraged and there is a list of inspiration projects on the website. 

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Nominate your graduate mentor for the inaugural WVU Outstanding Graduate Research Mentoring Award

The purpose of this award is to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of graduate students.  Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education and Life and the Research Office. $5,000 annual award with four finalists – one per Benedum category (Physical Sciences and Technology, Humanities and the Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biosciences and Health Sciences). Current and former graduate students, faculty  and staff are invited to nominate faculty who exhibit the qualities of excellent graduate research/creative work mentorship.

Nominations are being accepted now until February 12 at 11:59 p.m.  Semi-finalists will be invited to submit a full nomination packet. 

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Abstracts open! WVU's 3rd Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium

Are you engaged in a scholarly project (research or creative work)? If so, undergraduates from all majors are invited to submit abstracts for presentation of scholarly works at the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium on April 12-13 at the WVU Mountainlair.

Projects presented on Friday, April 12 (5-7:30 p.m.) will be oral, visual arts and performing arts presentations. Projects presented on April 13 (noon-4 p.m.) will be poster presentations. Friday presentation slots are limited in number.

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Academic policy changes announced

As we continue to look for ways to improve and increase retention and time-to-degree, some WVU Academic Policy Changes will be going into place starting in fall 2019. 

This link highlights some of the main areas that we expect may have more far reaching impacts and gives basic details on each policy and why each is being put in place: https://undergraduate.wvu.edu/strategies/academic-policy-committee/students-need-to-know.

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Are you applying to medical or dental school this year? Let the Pre-Health Office help you.

The Pre-Health Office is hosting two seminars on how to apply to health professional school and how to receive a committee letter to support your application this semester. You can also learn more on our website: https://prehealth.wvu.edu/services/committee-letters-instructions

January 24th, 2019 
Health Sciences North 1901
5:30 - 6:20 p.m. How to Apply seminar
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Committee Letter information session

February 8th, 2019
Life Sciences Building G15
3:30 - 4:20 p.m. How to Apply seminar
4:30 -5:30 p.m. Committee Letter information session

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Attend a Pre-Health Office seminar to learn how to build a competitive application for graduate health professional school

The Spring 2019 Pre-Health Office seminar schedule is now available. Attend one of these events to learn how to build a competitive application for things graduate programs like medical, dental, physician assistant, and more! We also have seminars on how to apply and the committee letter process. Check out our website for details.

https://prehealth.wvu.edu/news/2019/01/14/spring-2019-seminars-events

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Are you interested in medical or dental school? Learn more about Exercise Physiology at one of our information sessions

Consider Exercise Physiology as a major by attending one of our information sessions. These sessions are for students who are considering changing their major or know for certain they want to change to Exercise Physiology. Sessions are set for February 6, March 21 and April 23 at the Health Sciences Center. 

You must register to attend at medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/ep and sessions are mandatory for students who want to change their major.

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Applications open for paid 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Undergraduates are encouraged to apply to carry out scholarly activity (research/creative work) via the SURE program. Applications for the 2019 SURE program are now open (March 1 application deadline). SURE is a paid undergraduate research experience for students interested in graduate school and research/creative work within their discipline or a related discipline. 

2019 SURE program dates are May 28-July 26, 2019.

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