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UPDATE: Most events for West Virginia University’s Research Week, which was slated for March 27 through April 4, have either been canceled or postponed to Fall 2020. A few events, however, are scheduled to occur virtually. See below for updates.

The Office of the Provost and the Research Office invite the campus community to celebrate the high volume and caliber of West Virginia University research during Research Week, March 27-April 4, 2020. Below, you'll find events highlighting student research, long-form scholarship and the exceptional research and mentoring happening on campus. 

2020 Schedule of Events

March 27 March 28 March 30 March 31 April 1 April 2 April 3 April 4


Friday, March 27

CANCELLED: OVID-19: A Global and National Emergency | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hosted by WVU School of Public Health’s Dean’s Colloquium Series 

Lawrence O. Gostin, WVU’s 2020 John T. Copenhaver, Jr. Chair, serves as University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank, and Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. Gostin directs the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law and serves as professor of medicine at Georgetown University and professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University. There will be a meet and greet with refreshments 11-11:45 a.m., followed by the public presentation 12-1 p.m.

Location: 1909 Health Sciences North, HSC Campus, Morgantown

Contact: nikky.luna@hsc.wvu.edu

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POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020: Strategies for Developing Successful DoE Proposals | Noon

Hosted by WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources 

Open to all, this Brown Bag Seminar Series on the Evansdale campus will address DoE specific proposal development. Prof. Xingbo Liu will discuss the agency, their mission, proposal criteria and dos and don’ts.

Location: 1909 201 ESB, Evansdale Campus

Contact: RSVP to Nancie Yost by March 25



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Saturday, March 28

CANCELLED: March Idea Challenge | Time TBA

Hosted by WVU LaunchLab 

The March Idea Challenge is open to anyone who would like to compete and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for potential funding. There will be $6000 of prize money available. The application includes a 90-second video pitch. The application opens Feb. 17, and the deadline is March 8. The top eight pitches will be invited to campus to compete live in the LaunchLab on March 28.

Location: WVU LaunchLab, Suite 413, Evansdale Crossing Building

Contact:   launchlab@mail.wvu.edu

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CANCELLED: Say It Loud | 9 a.m. - noon

Hosted by TEDxWVU 

West Virginia University’s TEDxWVU event “Say it Loud” will feature five dynamic speakers. Raimah Hossain, Nicole Russell, Matthew Cordle, Kassie Colón and Christina Fattore will speak on a variety of topics affecting WVU students and the University community. This is a ticketed event.

Location: Gladys Davis Theater, Creative Arts Center

Contact: Andres Warren

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Monday, March 30

CANCELLED: Academic Media Day: All Things Census | 10 a.m. 

Hosted by WVU University Relations 

WVU experts provide presentations about a selected aspect of West Virginia's economy to media professionals. Topics range from how arts can be a key to economic growth to cybersecurity opportunities to regional growth to rare earth elements to the roles of entrepreneurship and innovation. This spring's topic is focused on the census.

Location: Barnett Room, Erickson Alumni Center

Contact:   John Bolt

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Tuesday, March 31

Details coming soon.

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Wednesday, April 1

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020: Networking Event: Researchers Working in Aging | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hosted by WVU Research Office

Are you a researcher currently working in aging or wanting to know more about what your colleagues are doing in aging research and to make the world a more aging friendly place? Then please join us for the first ever research in aging networking event. Lunch will be provided and registration is requested at the link below. If you cannot attend, but would like to be part of the researchers in aging database, please fill out the survey, and we will include your information .

Location: Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair

Contact: Melanie Page

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020: Found in Translation: Communicating Research Workshop | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Hosted by WVU University Relations

Learn best practices for communicating scholarship to broad audiences. Hear from faculty and University Relations professionals and workshop ideas on how to present your work.

Location: Erickson Alumni Center

Contact: Jake Stump

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020: Long-form Scholarship Celebration | 5-6:30 p.m.

Hosted by WVU Office of the Provost, WVU Humanities Center, WVU Libraries and WVU Press

This annual event is a celebration of long-form scholarship and creative work and is designed to recognize the achievements of all WVU faculty and staff members who have published a book, released a CD or produced a full-length work in another medium. All WVU faculty and staff are invited to submit entries, but the celebration reception is specifically for participants and their invited guests.

Location: Milano Reading Room, Wise Library

Contact:  provost@mail.wvu.edu 

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Virtual Book Launch with Kevin Gannon | 11 a.m.

Co-Hosted by WVU Press and WVU Teaching and Learning Commons

WVU welcomes Kevin Gannon—a scholar, teacher and activist known for exploring pressing topics at the intersection of higher education and social justice – for a virtual book launch. Gannon’s “Radical Hope” has been published by the WVU Press. Gannon will be joined in discussion by Joshua Eyler and Sherri Spelic. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

Location: Visit the EventBrite page for details

Contact:  Derek Krisoff

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Thursday, April 2

CANCELLED: Davis College Graduate Student Research
and Creative Scholarship Day | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   

Hosted by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

The Davis College Graduate Student Research and Creative Scholarship Day is a unique forum for sharing and highlighting the breadth and diversity of research topics in the college and provides students with the opportunity to enhance their professional development.

Location: Agricultural Sciences Building

Contact: Steve Chhin 

CANCELLED: Van Liere Research Conference | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Hosted by WVU HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education

This conference celebrates health science-focused student research in honor of Edward J. Van Liere, M.D., who was the dean of the School of Medicine from 1937 until 1960.

Location: See conference schedule of events 

Contact:  researchgrad@hsc.wvu.edu

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CANCELLED: Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecture | 11 a.m. – noon

This year’s Davis-Michael Distinguished Lecture will feature Daniel Panaccione, professor of plant and soil sciences.

Location: G06 Agricultural Sciences Building

Contact: Todd Petty Todd.Petty@mail.wvu.edu  



POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020: The Hubble and Webb Telescopes – Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?  | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Co-Hosted by WVU Research Office and the departments of Physics and Astronomy

Join Dr. Amber Straughn, astrophysicist and associate director of the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as she talks us through the past 30 years of the Hubble telescope and leads us into the future with the James Webb Space Telescope.

Location: Room G09 White Hall

Contact:  Melanie Page

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CANCELLED: Appalachian Speculative Futures Conference-Keynote | 5-7 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Humanities Center and WVU Libraries

This mini-conference takes a multidisciplinary and activist approach that centers humanistic inquiry and the creative works of communities. We'll ask how we can visualize, imagine, create and enact Appalachian futures that speak to the diverse and innovative cultures of the region and bring them to the forefront of discussions of what it means to be Appalachian. The conference is free, but registration required. A special keynote address and book signing by Crystal Good, author of "Appalachian Reckoning" (WVU Press), will kick off the conference.

Location: Room 414, Evansdale Crossing Building

Contact:  Rhonda Reymond

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VIRTUAL EVENT: 3MT Final Competition | 6-8:30 p.m.

Hosted by WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life

The Three-Minute Thesis Grand Finale hosted by the Office of Graduate Education and Life originally scheduled to take place in the Mountainlair Ballrooms April 2 will now be held as a virtual competition. More information will be coming soon on how to watch the presentations and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia, for graduate research students. This competition challenges graduate students to present their research topic and its significance in three minutes and using just one slide.

Location: Online - TBD 

Contact:  Betty Mei



Friday, April 3

CANCELLED: Van Liere Research Conference | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hosted by WVU HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education

This conference celebrates health science-focused student research in honor of Edward J. Van Liere, M.D., who was the dean of the School of Medicine from 1937 until 1960.

Location: See conference schedule of events

Contact:  researchgrad@hsc.wvu.edu  




CANCELLED: Appalachian Speculative Futures Conference-Keynote | 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Humanities Center and WVU Libraries

This mini-conference takes a multidisciplinary and activist approach that centers humanistic inquiry and the creative works of communities. We'll ask how we can visualize, imagine, create and enact Appalachian futures that speak to the diverse and innovative cultures of the region and bring them to the forefront of discussions of what it means to be Appalachian. The conference is free, but registration required.

Location: Wise Library

Contact:  Rhonda Reymond

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Saturday, April 4

VIRTUAL EVENT: WVU Undergraduate Research Expo | Time TBA

Hosted by WVU Office of Undergraduate Research and WVU Honors College

This campus-wide, culminating spring event celebrates undergraduate scholarly activity (research/creative endeavors) and encourages prospective students to decide on attending WVU. Submission due by March 4.

Location: Online - TBD

Contact:  Michelle Richards-Babb 


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