Summer Undergraduate Vision Research Fellowship Program

The West Virginia University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers an undergraduate summer research fellowship opportunity that begins in May and ends in August.

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 Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences laboratory space and will complete a small-scale research project to be presented at the completion of the fellowship. Projects will focus on mechanisms behind ocular diseases and exploration of possible treatments.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a US university or 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 or 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:

The application period for the 2022 program is now closed.

The West Virginia University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences welcomes the following 2022 summer undergraduate fellows:
 
  • 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

Questions should be directed to fellowship coordinators Saravanan Kolandaivelu and Michael Robichaux.

A photo of Saravanan Kolandaivelu.
Saravanan Kolandaivelu, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Phone
304-598-5484
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Michael Robichaux, PhD
West Virginia University
Positions
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Phone
304-293-1162