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Summer Undergraduate Vision Research Fellowship Program

The West Virginia University Eye Institute will offer an undergraduate summer research fellowship opportunity beginning May 2021.

The highly selective program will emphasize components of basic vision research with regards to ocular diseases and exploration of new diagnostic and treatment methods. Upon selection, students will receive a $4,000 stipend for the cost of living expenses in Morgantown over the 10-week long program duration and an additional $1,000 for research supplies in the host lab. Each student will be assigned a mentor currently conducting research in the Eye Institute and will complete a small-scale research project to be presented a the completion of the fellowship. Projects will focus on mechanisms behind ocular diseases and exploration of possible treatments.

The first summer program will start on May 20, 2021 and continue for 10 weeks.  Fellows will prepare an abstract and present final results of their project in poster format at a research symposium July 29, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full time undergraduate students enrolled in a US university of college (International students enrolled in a US university or college are responsible to obtain their own visa and work permit, if accepted to the program)
  • Entering sophomore status of higher

Preferred Selection Factors:

  • Academic record demonstrating interest in the sciences and achievement
  • Previous research experience
  • Interest in careers specifically involving ophthalmic and/or general research and medicine

Application Information:

Electronic submission is required and may be submitted below. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2020. Selection status will be released by April 20, 2020.

Questions should be directed to fellowship coordinator Jianhai Du.

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Jianhai Du, PhD
West Virginia University
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
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