The Office of Undergraduate Research connects students with on-campus, off-campus, and external research opportunities


  • Reminder: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY 2023, deadline extended for submission of Abstracts: the new deadline is November 18, 2022 11:59pm


    It is increasingly important that the West Virginia Higher Education community work to ensure that those in State government, who provide substantial funding for higher education, have a clear understanding of the programs they fund and why these programs are important. Scholarly activities (undergraduate research and creative endeavors) must be among those programs that members of the West Virginia State Legislature understand if it is to continue to enjoy support.

    For many disciplines, scholarly activities are an essential component of the university educational experience. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of these activities than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. Friday, February 10, 2023, from 9-11:30 a.m., theNineteenth Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC) will take place in the West Virginia State Capitol Rotunda (http://www.wvculture.org/agency/capitol.html).  This event features posters on research/creative endeavors from student attendees of colleges and universities around the state and will help members of the WV StateLegislature and Executive Branch understand the importance of undergraduate scholarly activities by providing members with an opportunity to speak directly with the students whom these programs impact.  Directly after the poster session, students and their faculty mentors are invited to lunch at the nearby Culture Center (1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305; see website
    (http://www.wvculture.org/agency/cultcenter.html)).  Attendees can expect the luncheon event to end before 2:00 p.m.


    Link to Submit a 2023 URDC Abstract:  https://forms.gle/5B1ZkVmPMW4dVLRBA

    The deadline for submission was Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. No late submissions will be accepted. Students selected for participation will be notified in late December 2022.

    To summarize:

    • Submission Deadline: Friday, November 11, 2022
    • Notification Date: late December 2022
    • Event date: Friday, February 10, 2023

    Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is sponsored by West Virginia State UniversityWest Virginia UniversityMarshall University, and University of Charleston.


  • Save the Date for the 2023 Annual Student Research and Creativity Symposium

  • Report from MU Student Research and Creativity Symposium:

Marshall University recently held its inaugural Student Research and Creativity Symposium on April 19th and 20th. Over two days, undergraduate and graduate students presented their work through poster sessions and oral presentations.

In addition to these activities, invited guest speakers, Jillian Howell, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dr. Gordon Hager, Chief of the Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression, NIH, Dr. Astrid Suarez, US Air Force, Dr. James Davie, Professor at the University of Manitoba, and Director of the Manitoba Epigenetic Network) gave the audience an overview of their research and/or work trajectory.

During lunch times, panels were held to discuss various aspects of “Truth and Facts” (Dr. Clay Marsh, WV Corona virus Czar, Dr. Mridul Gautam, VP-Research at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar, C Professor Envir. Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology) as well as “Creativity and Integrity” (Thomas Taylor, Editor News Desk at USA Today, Jan Rader, Time Magazine 100 Most Important People in the World in 2018, Michael J. Farrell, former Interim President of Marshall University, and Sheryl Webb, Director of the Personnel for the State of West Virginia).

More than 180 visitors registered to attend the various sessions during the Symposium. The sponsor “Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Canadian Science Publishing” has offered to publish a special edition reporting students and Faculty’s achievements. Dr. Philippe Georgel will be the Guest Editor for this Special Edition, which is expected to appear in press by the end of the year.


  • MU Student Research and Creativity Symposium (April 19-20, 2022)

            A complete version of the program is available (see QR code below)



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Dr. Philippe Georgel
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research