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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 the annual Research Week 2021, which begins April 12 . The schedule below includes events highlighting student research, long-form scholarship and the exceptional research and mentoring happening on campus. 


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2021 Schedule of Events

All Week  April 12  April 13  April 14  April 15  April 16  April 17 


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Long-form Scholarship Celebration - Virtual Showcase

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

Each spring, the Office of the Provost, in partnership with the WVU Libraries, WVU Humanities Center and the WVU Press, hosts an annual celebration of long-form scholarship and creative work produced by WVU faculty and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 in-person events were replaced with an online showcase. The 2021 showcase will go live prior to the start of Research Week and remain on the Provost's Website permanently.

Location:  Office of the Provost website

Contact:  provost@mail.wvu.edu 

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Life in the Time of COVID-19 Grant Awardees

Hosted by the WVU Humanities Center 

Each grant PI or team will present a virtual, 15-minute "Short Talk" discussing their research project's aims, results and academic and public impact. The videos will be available online throughout the week on the Humanities Center's YouTube page. Presenters and their topics can be found on the Center's website.

Location:  Humanities Center website and YouTube page

Contact:  rhonda.reymond@mail.wvu.edu 

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College of Creative Arts Faculty/Student Mentored Research - Virtual Showcase 

Hosted by WVU College of Creative Arts

The College of Creative Arts annually celebrates exceptional work of students and faculty through mentored research in the Arts. The virtual display of research and creative activity features exhibitions, performances, publications, and other forms of scholarly, creative and/or research work related to the Arts. Awards for students and faculty are given in three categories: Graduate Students; Undergraduate Students; and Collaborative Awards. The College's administrative team will select the winners, with awards sponsored by the College of Creative Arts and the WVU Research Office. Winners will be announced shortly after selection and will be publicly recognized.

The virtual event will be available online from Monday March 22 through Sunday April 18.

Location:  Virtual showcase website

Contact: mikylah.myers@mail.wvu.edu

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Monday, April 12

NSF's National Science Board Vision 2030 Presentation | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by WVU Vice President for Research Office 

Dr. Victor McCrary will present the NSF's National Science Board (NSB) Vision 2030 report, which lays out what the U.S. must do to remain a world innovation leader in 2030. The presentation will focus on emerging areas of science and technology, as well as why promoting an anti-bias culture and improving diversity and inclusion within universities is a must for the 21st century. Dr. McCrary is the Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs and Professor of Chemistry at University of the District of Columbia and serves as the NSB Vice Chair.

Location:   Zoom

Contact: mcpage@mail.wvu.edu


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Education Contexts and Policy: Addressing Rural, Appalachian, and Post-Recession Dynamics | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU College of Education and Human Services' Faculty Research Colloquium Series

Day 1 of this week-long CEHS Faculty Research Colloquium Series features the research of three faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies. The following papers will be presented followed by an open discussion:

  • "Classifying Higher Education Institutions by Net Price and Student Loan Repayment Outcomes" by Dr. Rodney Hughes
  • "I Could Write a Book on Teacher Staffing: Leading Rural Recruitment and Retention of Educators" by Dr. Erin McHenry-Sorber
  • "They Say We’re Country: Appalachian Adolescents Discursively Negotiating Social Positions" Dr. Audra Slocum

Location: Zoom - Register now

Contact: melissa.luna@mail.wvu.edu


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Positioning Yourself for Scholarly Impact: An Overview of the WVU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications and Publishing Services | 2 - 3 p.m.

Hosted by WVU Libraries

While your discipline has established norms and guidelines for success, how do you go about developing a plan to ensure you meet these standards? What do you want to have in hand when you go on the job market, or apply for tenure or promotion? The WVU Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing Program offers a number of services to help you build a strong reputation, increase the visibility of your work, and demonstrate your impact with appropriate metrics. This session provides an overview of these services so you can start building your plan for success and advancement in your career.

Location:  Zoom - Register Now

Contact: ian.harmon@mail.wvu.edu

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Honors EXCEL Scholarship in the Humanities: A Celebration | 5 -7 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Honors EXCEL Program and WVU Humanities Center

The Honors EXCEL Program and the Humanities Center at West Virginia University invite you to a showcase and celebration of the work done by Honors EXCEL students in the humanities. Join us for live performances, presentations, public readings and mini-exhibitions showcasing the wide variety of exciting projects endeavored by our graduating Honors EXCEL students. The event will also include a Q&A section, during which attendees will be able to directly engage with the presenters. This is an online event, open to all the members of the WVU community.

Location: Zoom - Register now

Contact:  HonorsEXCEL@mail.wvu.edu


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Statler College Trivia Contest | 6 -7 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Statler College 

This will be a ZOOM event with teams of five (three must be Statler students). There will be questions on Research areas, WVU and Statler College.

Location:  Zoom - Contact for details

Contact:  nancie.yost@mail.wvu.edu


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Tuesday, April 13

WVU Survey of Organization Research Climate | All Day

Hosted by the WVU Vice President for Research Office 

Today, members of the research community will get an email from Fred King introducing the Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOURCE) and encouraging participation in the survey. The SOURCE is a validated instrument specifically designed to measure the climate of research integrity in academic organizations. Questions seek respondent perceptions regarding responsible conduct of research (RCR) resources, norms, mentoring, and other factors known to affect the climate of research integrity. These data will help WVU identify bright spots, develop programming, and respond to concerns. The invitation and link to the survey will come in an email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu on Wednesday morning.

Location: Look for email from Fred King

Contact: trisha.phillips@mail.wvu.edu


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XR Simulators for Education and Surgical Training | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by Jonathan H. Sherman, MD, and Allie Karshenas, PhD 

Simulators for medical education and surgical training are vital for the training of both medical students and residents. This initial POC will serve to utilize the design capability of Bricksimple with the software of the Zeiss Kinevo microscope to develop a XR surgical microscope simulator. Traditionally the training of using the microscope occurs only in the operating room and does not allow for appropriate preparation of the trainee.

This program looks to establish a quality of training between XR simulators and live practice allowing for skills transfer from XR to live surgery. These skills can be assessed by software-based metrics or human skills assessment. Beyond tactile surgical skills - XR simulators are helpful in analyzing surgical approach and anatomy education and understanding. This simulator will serve as a stepping-stone for developing low cost simulators across surgical subspecialties.

Location: Virtual link coming soon

Contact: jonathan.sherman1@wvumedicine.org


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Factors Associated with Requesting Accommodation Among People with Multiple Sclerosis | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU College of Education and Human Services' Faculty Research Colloquium Series

Day 2 of this week-long CEHS Faculty Research Colloquium Series features the research of Dr. George Mamboleo in the Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences. An open discussion will follow Dr. Mamboleo's presentation.

Location: Zoom - Register now

Contact: melissa.luna@mail.wvu.edu


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Measuring and Promoting the Impact of Your Research | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Health Sciences Library 

Measuring your impact is an important step in the research process for gathering evidence of how your research will impact society. It is also important when applying for positions, for promotion and tenure, and for grant funding. This introductory online workshop will provide an overview of traditional and nontraditional scholarly metrics and will discuss tools to measure research impact. Topics covered include: citation analysis; journal impact factor; h-index; altmetrics; promoting your research; and selecting publication venues.

Location:  Zoom - Register now

Contact: virginia.desouky@mail.wvu.edu


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"Future of Work" Research Virtual Meet and Greet | 2 - 3 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Research Office 

The Research Office will be hosting a Virtual Meet and Greet for those who are currently doing or are interested in doing research on the topic of “Future of Work.” With the changing landscape of the work environment pre- and post-pandemic, we are looking to connect people as potential collaborators who are exploring the answers to questions of the future of work and work outcomes for workers and society. This event is open to anyone whose work falls into this category. Please register to receive the Zoom link and password.

Location:  Zoom - Register now

Contact: lisa.hunt@mail.wvu.edu or melanie.page@mail.wvu.edu


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Wednesday, April 14

WVU Survey of Organization Research Climate | All Day

Hosted by the WVU Vice President for Research Office 

Today members of the research community will get an email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu with an invitation and link to the WVU Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOURCE). The SOURCE is a validated instrument specifically designed to measure the climate of research integrity in academic organizations. Questions seek respondent perceptions regarding responsible conduct of research (RCR) resources, norms, mentoring, and other factors known to affect the climate of research integrity. These data will help WVU identify bright spots, develop programming, and respond to concerns. The survey was approved by the WVU IRB (protocol 2001881812) and participation is voluntary.

Location: Look for an email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu with a subject line: WVU Survey of Organization Research Climate

Contact: trisha.phillips@mail.wvu.edu


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Where Should I Publish? Using Library Resources for Manuscript Submission Decisions | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by the WVU Health Sciences Library 

Find the right journal to publish your article in using library resources such as the Web of Science Core Collection, InCites Journal Citation Reports, and EndNote Match. Bring your completed or partial journal manuscript title/abstract and keywords to search and analyze the literature. This online workshop will require an EndNote Basic account registration.

Location:  Zoom - Register now

Contact: virginia.desouky@mail.wvu.edu


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Social Science for Social Good | 11 a.m. - Noon 

Hosted by the Public Interest Communication Research Lab at the Reed College of Media  

There is an increasing need for communicators of all types to do meaningful work and share their efforts with diverse audiences. In this panel, social scientists with extensive experience across varying sectors will discuss their work and its application in today’s world. Panelists represent perspectives ranging from crisis and risk communication to science communication, and community engagement and advocacy to media sociology.

Location:  Zoom - Register now

Contact: geah.pressgrove@mail.wvu.edu

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Transdisciplinary Research: Deconstructing Academic Silos | Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Hosted by the Eberly College, CRC, Humanities Center, Center for Service and Learning, and Vice President for Research's Office  

Featuring Andrew Vosko, PhD, Associate Provost and Director of Transdisciplinary Studies, Claremont Graduate University

Members of West Virginia University, local nonprofits, government agencies and community stakeholders are invited to WVU’s first transdisciplinary research colloquia, held over a series of virtual lectures this spring.

Transdisciplinary research is a form of research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. One way it accomplishes this is by incorporating community based or other participatory approaches to research into its framework. Transdisciplinary research actively seeks to integrate non-academic partners as equal members of a project or team. No one academic discipline has the breadth, scope and knowledge to confront large or “wicked” social problems alone. But WVU researchers learning together with non-academic partners in government, industry, nonprofits and beyond can introduce new ideas, make sustainable change and develop innovative and holistic approaches to all forms of social inequity.

Location:  Register online 

Contact: lupe.davidson@mail.wvu.edu

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Don’t Forget About Speech Language Pathologists in Schools: We do more than articulation! | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU College of Education and Human Services' Faculty Research Colloquium Series  

Day 3 of this week-long CEHS Faculty Research Colloquium Series features research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Jayne Brandel will present a talk titled "Don’t Forget About Speech Language Pathologists in Schools: We do more than articulation!" An open discussion will follow.

Location:  Zoom - Register online 

Contact: melissa.luna@mail.wvu.edu


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Department of Dental Hygiene Senior Research Competition Day | 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU School of Dentistry Department of Dental Hygiene 

Each Dental Hygiene graduate participates in a two-year research project as part of their graduation requirement. At the completion of their work, each student participates in the departmental research presentation competition which requires each student to present a 5- to 7-minute scientific presentation defining their hypothesis, methods and materials, results, discussion and conclusions. There are awards for the top three presentations..

Location: Room 2116 HSC North

Contact: akshockey@hsc.wvu.edu


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Thursday, April 15

WVU Survey of Organization Research Climate | All Day

Hosted by the WVU Vice President for Research Office 

Today members of the research community are reminded to complete the WVU Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOURCE). The SOURCE is a validated instrument specifically designed to measure the climate of research integrity in academic organizations. Questions seek respondent perceptions regarding responsible conduct of research (RCR) resources, norms, mentoring, and other factors known to affect the climate of research integrity. These data will help WVU identify bright spots, develop programming, and respond to concerns. On Wednesday morning, members of the research community received an email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu with an invitation and link to the survey.

Location: Look for Wednesday's email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu for invitation and link to survey

Contact: trisha.phillips@mail.wvu.edu

IACUC Recognition Award | 11 a.m. - Noon

Hosted by the WVU IACUC 

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at West Virginia University will be recognizing an individual or group that demonstrates WVU's values for the use of animals in research. The recipient(s) will have demonstrated a strong commitment to animal health and welfare through the ethical use and exceptional care of animals involved in research for the benefit of society. Finalists for the award will be named in March, and the winner(s) will be named in a live announcement on April 15, 2021.

Location:  Zoom

Contact: anthony.munn@mail.wvu.edu


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New Departures in Teacher Education and Learning: Issues of Equity, Racial (Il)Literacy, and Approximations of Practice | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU College of Education and Human Services' Faculty Research Colloquium Series

Day 4 of this week-long CEHS Faculty Research Colloquium Series features the research of three faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies. The following papers will be presented followed by an open discussion:

  • “Supporting Mathematics Teacher Learning through Approximations of Practice: The Case of Using Planted Errors in Coached Rehearsals” by Dr. Matthew Campbell
  • “The Entangled Nature of Tensions: Appalachian Elementary Pre-service Teachers’ Problematization of Equity in Mathematics Education” by Dr. Keri Valentine and Dr. Johhna Bolyard
  • “Reality, Rationalization, and/or Self-Preservation: Insights on Rural Racial (Il)Literacy” by Dr. Natasha Murray-Everett

Location: Zoom - Register now

Contact: melissa.luna@mail.wvu.edu


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Public Matters: WVU Humanities Center 2020-2021 Grantees | 6:30 - 7:40 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Humanities Center

Learn about recent WVU Humanities Center-funded research projects in our third annual grantee’s panel. The Center hosts its Fellows and Collaborative Grant Awardees who will discuss their recent research projects in short 10-minute presentations followed by a brief Q&A.

Humanities Center Fellows:

  • “Displacing Territory: Palestinian and Syrian Refugees in Jordan,” Karen Culcasi (Geology and Geography)
  • “Transformation, Translation, and Complication: "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Sarah Morris (English)

Collaborative Grant Recipients:

  • “Pocahontas County Audio Documentary,” Melissa Bingmann (History)
  • “Supporting community capacity-building against extractive interests through place-based visual and narrative inquiry,” Erin Carlson (English) and Martina Caretta (formerly in Geology and Geography)
  • “Undefeated: Canvas(s)ing the Politics of Voter Suppression Since Women's Suffrage,” Karen Kunz (Public Administration) and Sally Brown (Libraries)

Location: Zoom - Register now

Contact: rhonda.reymond@mail.wvu.edu


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Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Grand Finale | Time NA

Hosted by the Office of Graduate Education and Life 

The 3MT Grand Finale will showcase 10 finalists who will present their dissertation research in three minutes’ time. A panel of judges will score these presentations and the top three presenters with the highest scores will receive cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500 respectively. The audience or general public will have a chance to vote on their favorite presentation. The presenter receiving the highest votes will receive the $250 People’s Choice Award.

Location: Videos will be available online

Contact: micalyn.stump@mail.wvu.edu

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Friday, April 16

WVU Survey of Organization Research Climate | All Day

Hosted by the WVU Vice President for Research Office 

Today members of the research community are reminded to complete the WVU Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOURCE), a validated instrument specifically designed to measure the climate of research integrity in academic organizations. An invitation and link to the survey can be found in an email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu sent on Wednesday (4/14). The survey will close on Monday, May 3.

Location: Look for an email from ethicsctr@illinois.edu sent on Wednesday, April 14

Contact: trisha.phillips@mail.wvu.edu

The 25th Annual Davis College Student Research and Creative Scholarship Day | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

The event showcases graduate student research projects at Davis College. Students will present their research either at a regular oral session or a lightning session. The Davis-Michael Distinguished lecture will take place from 11 am to 12 pm during the day.

Location: Virtual - See website for details

Contact:  xiaoli.etienne@mail.wvu.edu 

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Exploring Caregiving Within Families: Variations by Caregiver and Children's Developmental Stage | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU College of Education and Human Services' Faculty Research Colloquium Series

Day 5 of this week-long CEHS Faculty Research Colloquium Series features the research of four faculty members in the Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences: Dr. Jonathon Beckmeyer, Dr. Gabrielle Kline, Dr. Amy Kennedy Root, and Dr. Jessica Troilo. An open discussion will follow their presentation.

Location: Zoom - Register now

Contact: melissa.luna@mail.wvu.edu


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Global Challenges and Local Responses Initiatives: Case Studies | Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Public Administration  

Globalization, global challenges, local concerns and responses will be at the center of this round table that will be featuring presenters from various departments of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and chaired by Dr. Paolo D. Farah, Associate Professor at the John D. Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics, Department of Public Administration. The discussion will cover how to handle global challenges in general and how to respond to them at national, regional, state, city and local level.

Globalization and global governance institutions are in crisis. Global challenges such as migration and borders issues, terrorism, international crimes, climate change, conflicts in impoverished area for resources, energy food and water scarcity, global health crisis (such as COVID-19), racism, uneven economic development, new technologies (like Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and big data) might be discussed in this panel. There is clear necessity to balance the role of the global community in the protection of global commons and values and its local concerns.

Location:  Zoom - RSVP now 

Contact:  pdfarah@mail.wvu.edu

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Statler College Research Office Brown Bag Lunch | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the WVU Statler College Research Office  

The virtual lunch will feature a guest speaker from NSF, Dr. Ying Sun.

Location:  Zoom 

Contact:  xingbo.liu@mail.wvu.edu


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Unplugged: A Frank Conversation About Clinical Trials | Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute  

WVCTSI will be hosting a clinical trials toolkit session on April 16. This event will be a panel discussion highlighting important lessons learned about clinical trials. During the panel discussion, seasoned research team members will share their experiences, including some lessons they have learned throughout the years, such as subject recruitment, safety reporting and best practices with start-up activities. Panelists include Lisa Fornaresio, PhD, director, research and quality from the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Anne Schnatterly, MBA, BSN, RN, CCRP, director from the WVUCI Clinical Research Unit; and Shelley Welch, RN, MSHS, CCRC, co-director from the Clinical Trials Center of Excellence.

Location:  Zoom - Register now 

Contact:   debbie.lee@hsc.wvu.edu

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Celebration Toast for Dr. Sarah Burke-Spolaor's Sloan Fellowship | 3 - 4 p.m.

Hosted by the President's Office and Vice President for Research Office  

Please join President E. Gordon Gee and VPR Fred King as we celebrate Dr. Sarah Burke-Spolaor's accomplishment in being named as a 2021 Sloan Fellow. If you would like to leave Dr. Burke-Spolaor a note of congratulations, you can do so on our Kudoboard (click the “+add to board” button at the top left to add your message that can include photos, gifs, and videos).

Location:  Zoom 

Contact:   mcpage@mail.wvu.edu


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Saturday, April 17

Virtual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium | 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research  

The Undergraduate Spring Symposium is a campus-wide event celebrating scholarly activity and encouraging future students to decide on attending WVU. The event coincides with prospective student and family attendance at the April Decide WVU Day.

The virtual launch will be at 11 a.m. with synchronous commenting by presenters from 2-4:30 p.m. Presentations will remain viewable for one week. All WVU community members and the general public are invited to attend and encouraged to view and comment on student presentations on April 17 and throughout the following week.

*Abstracts must be submitted online by March 19, 2021

Location: RSVP for details 

Contact:   undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu

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