Summer Undergraduate Vision Research Fellowship Program welcomes 8 students to Morgantown campus

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences’ Summer Undergraduate Vision Research Fellowship Program is set to begin on May 26. The program is welcoming eight students to the campus to learn about the mechanisms behind ocular diseases and the exploration of possible treatments.

This 10-week long program is open to any undergraduate student entering their sophomore year or higher, who is currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college. The program is led by co-fellowship coordinators Michael Robichaux, Ph.D., and Saravanan Kolandaivelu, Ph.D.

The program emphasizes components of basic vision research with regards to ocular diseases and exploration of new diagnostic and treatment methods. Each student is assigned a mentor who is currently conducting research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences laboratory space and will complete a small-scale research project to be presented at the end of the fellowship.

This year’s undergraduate fellows are:

  • Patricia Best, Fairmont State University
  • Jason Borst, University of Virginia
  • Marion Cahill, West Virginia University
  • Kamden Dulaney, Fairmont State University
  • Jack Evans, West Virginia University
  • Emmanuel Frimpong, Claflin University
  • Dana Goodman, Fairmont State University
  • Ciersten Rose, Concord University

"It's been a pleasure meeting the eight undergraduate research fellows who will be joining our team this summer,” Dr. Robichaux said. “They all share an infectious enthusiasm for learning about vision research and spending a summer in Morgantown."

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