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SURE Grant

SURE Program- Application due March 1 (2019 Application)

Do you want to be involved in a long-term research project that has the potential to transform the way you think about science and your future career as a researcher?

West Virginia Wesleyan College is excited to host a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program during summer 2019 to offer extended research experiences in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and math).  The SURE program will run for 8 weeks between May-July and is available to ten students from WVWC and other institutions around the state.  Students will earn a stipend of $3,500 with free on-campus housing. Students will also be required to attend a career-building workshop and present their research at a state or regional scientific meeting (travel funds available).

Interested?  Apply!

  1. Consult the list of faculty involved in the SURE program to see if any research interests you (below).
  2. Have a discussion with the faculty member of interest to see if they are willing to serve as your mentor.
  3. Submit the application (2019 Application) which will include your resume, a personal statement, and transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) as an email attachment to Dr. Joanna Webb (
  4. Application deadline is March 1. Successful applicants will be notified by March 31.

Biology and Environmental Science:

Dr. Kim Bjorgo-Thorne– Assessment of landscape-level factors driving ecosystem and species distributions in West Virginia.

Dr. Kacey Cope– In my lab, we will study the ecological and physiological effects of environmental pollutants on various animal models in the lab or the natural environment. The majority of work in my lab focuses on human-induced pollution. Some of the environmental pollutants we may work with include artificial light, noise pollution, road salt, and pesticides.

Dr. Melanie Sal– We will study the distribution of tick populations in the Buckhannon area, as well as examining ticks for DNA pointing to Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for Lyme Disease.


Dr. Bruce Anthony– Our lab studies the alterations in proliferation and differentiation of stem cells in the limbic system of the brain after alcohol or drug insult.  Addiction is a growing concern especially here in West Virginia.  Understanding how addiction alters the brains chemistry and the natural ability of the stem cells to remodel learning behavior will assist in better treatment programs and improved outcomes for patients with addiction problems.

Computer Science:

Dr. Don Tobin


Dr. Joseph Wiest –Project 1: Multi-photon excitation of atoms with tunable solid-state diode lasers, Project 2: The study of shapes of nuclei and rotational angular momentum (spin) of nuclei using tunable solid-state diode lasers.

Dr. Albert Popson –We will study three types of magnetism – diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and ferromagnetism. We will compare these types of magnetism and how temperature affects magnetism.