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Participating in research is an integral part of the education of students in the sciences and related fields. Even the most well-planned and executed basic coursework and laboratory exercises only provide background information and fundamental skills necessary for work in the STEM fields. Ultimately, science is learned through actively participating in research. 
The Yellow Jackets UNITE Research Experience program combines five Saturday trainings (Jan 28, Feb 18, March 11, April 22 and May 20, 2023). Eighteen students will gain skills in exploring scientific literature, developing, troubleshooting and executing experimental protocols, analyzing data and presenting their results to others.  
Yellow Jackets UNITE is also designed to foster interaction among the student participants as well as with current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and other research professionals. Projects that the students will participate in will be based on faculty research and expertise. These interests cover a broad range, including plant genomics and genetics, ecology, chemical synthesis, chemical analysis of the environment, storm water management, plant development, parasitology, aquaculture and bioenergy.
Applicants must be highly motivated with a desire to pursue a career in a STEM field. To apply complete the online application form, which will require contact information for a person to recommend the student for enrollment into the program.


If you are a current undergraduate STEM student at WVSU who is interested in being a mentor for the Yellow Jackets UNITE program, please fill out this online Undergraduate Mentors for Yellow Jackets UNITE application form.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Mahinda Ranasinghe
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
(304) 766-5756
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