The Undergraduate Research Program began in 2005. Supporting undergraduate research is a way to help our students succeed. Students work with faculty mentors to collaborate on projects appropriate to a student's particular discipline.
The Undergraduate Researcher Grant Programs
The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Fellows Program
The Undergraduate Research Advisory Council (URAC), comprised of FSU faculty, will consider each proposal carefully and make a decision based upon the merits of the project. The Council will notify research teams who have been selected for awards. All decisions of the Council will be final.
J. Robert Baker, Professor, Senior Level, of English. College of Liberal Arts
Undergraduate research is among the very best things that Fairmont State University does. It encourages students to undertake work on projects of their designing, and it allows them to polish and refine their intellectual and scholarly skills. It energizes faculty mentors and renews everyone’s faith in our shared pursuit of knowledge and beauty.
Judy P. Byers
Rebecca Giorcelli, Assoc. Professor & Info. Systems Management Coordinator, School of Business
I have been a member of the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council since its inception. Over that time I have actively mentored undergraduate research students every semester. One of my most memorable projects was a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) project for which I mentored two students, Joe Boyd and Josh Posey, conducting research related to algorithms in a public grid infrastructure. This work was done in collaboration with Mr. Jeff Tucker, CIO and other researchers at the Innovative Management and Technology Services (IMTS). The first day of the project both students were a bit overwhelmed, expressed a lot of frustration, and did not feel they would be able to handle the level of work required. I reassured them that undergraduate research is a learning process. By the end of the project, their work was selected for presentation at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston, WV, the Star Symposium in Morgantown, WV and the highly competitive Posters on the Hill event at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. It was inspirational to observe the personal ownership the students took in their work, the confidence they gained throughout the project, and the obvious pride they felt as they presented the results of their work. Ultimately, as a direct result of this research project, both students received job offers upon graduation.
John E. O'Connor, Professor, Senior Level, of Theatre. School of Fine Arts
I have mentored several UR projects and it has been a great pleasure to watch as students work through the process from excitement to frustration to new discoveries and, ultimately, increased confidence and scholarly growth. Working with students on their original research has made me a better scholar and teacher.
Every semester it is inspirational to read such a wide variety of undergraduate research proposals. While I have not yet had the opportunity to mentor an undergraduate researcher, it has been an enlightening experience to see the level of work our students have attained. It is one of our best kept secrets at Fairmont State!
Dr. J. Robert Baker
Undergraduate Research Program
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