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Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology

LOCATION: Health Sciences Center North, Rooms #2075 and #2085 Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Rajesh K. Naz, Ph.D.
DURATION: 4 weeks
OFFERED: By arrangement with the faculty member and approval of Committee on Academic Standards
STATUS: Research Elective


The student will be expected to conduct a research project in the laboratory. A research project will be assigned that can be completed within 4 weeks. The candidate will formulate a hypothesis, make specific aims, collect the background information and study the significance of the project, and examine various methods and materials that are required to achieve these specific aims. The student will make a presentation of this study to our research group. At the end of the experimentation phase, he/she will analyze the data and write it in the form of a publication. After this elective, the student should be able to:

  1. Learn how to do research.
  2. Know what are the different research projects/activities going on at WVU related to reproductive sciences and OB/GYN.
  3. Understand how to analyze the data and write a manuscript for publication.
  4. Comprehend how to present data at a conference.
  5. Realize how to translate basic research into clinical applications.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

The student will be provided with information regarding various projects going on in our laboratory. He/she will choose one from these projects. Background literature and significance of that project will be discussed. Also, he/she will be taught various hands-on techniques/methodology that are required to execute the project. More information regarding the research projects.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

  1. Daily Observation: The student will be observed daily for professional behavior that includes, but is not limited to, maturity, integrity, motivation, punctuality, cooperation, and respectful behavior.
  2. Presentation: Knowledge and understanding of the research project will be examined on a daily basis and especially at the formal one hour presentation by the student to the research group.
  3. Conducting research experiments and analysis of data, that can be completed within the 4-week period of the elective.

At the end, the student will summarize the research findings in a form of a manuscript that will be reviewed by the preceptor. The preceptor will judge whether or not the manuscript should be submitted to a journal for peer review for publication. It is not expected from the student that the research conducted during the 4-week elective will form a manuscript that can result in a publication in a journal.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Contact Dr. Rajesh K. Naz two weeks prior to the start of the rotation. Office Phone: (304) 293-2554/1570/5631; Lab Phone: (304) 293-2555/2557