Applications being accepted for undergraduate research fellowships

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University is now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) fellowship program.

SURE will support undergraduate researchers over a 10-week period from May 14 through July 27. The program has been conducted at Marshall since 2005, and is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research. The SURE program is designed specifically to enable West Virginia undergraduate students to work in labs at Marshall. Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000 plus support for travel.

“Anyone who is an undergraduate in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields at Marshall University is eligible to perform research at Marshall through the SURE program,” said Dr. Michael Norton, professor of chemistry and director of the university's SURE program.

Last summer, a number of Marshall students received SURE fellowships, including Kevin Adkins, (chemistry), Emily Beckelhimer (biology), Sumaiya Chaudhry (biology), Lori Coyner (biology), John Cuchta (geology), Megan Graham (biology), Evan Riley (chemistry), Margaret Stephens (biology), Erica Thompson (integrated science and technology), Megan Welch (integrated science and technology) and Benjamin Woodworth (biology). Summaries of past SURE students’ projects are available on the SURE website at

Application forms are available on the website and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

For additional information, contact Norton by phone at (304) 696-6627 or by e-mail at

Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964