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Summer Research & Conferences

Summer Research Internship

The WVU McNair Scholars Program provides a six-week paid research and professional training experience for eligible students. The objective is to train students to become independent researchers so that they may be equipped for enrollment in doctoral studies. Students are taught classes in Research Writing, Research Methods, GRE, How to Write Curriculum Vita, Resume, and Personal Statement for Graduate School Applications, How to Make Business Presentations, and other seminars to familiarize themselves with the academe. Graduate campus visits are highlights of the summer internship. As a requirement, students are expected to develop a research proposal under the guidance of faculty mentors in their fields of study. Students will present their completed proposals to the general public at the McNair Summer Research Symposium held on campus.


Conferences give students the opportunity to present their completed research, participate in graduate recruitment fairs, workshops on the graduate application process and the GRE, as well as network with McNair Scholars across the nation. WVU McNair Scholars are required to present their completed research at a national McNair Conference before graduation from WVU. Students are advised to partake in other conferences that may enhance their presentation skills and knowledge in their fields of study.