Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is an evolving endeavor. Students have the opportunity to engage in independent research through their majors and through programs especially developed for summer research.

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Funding provided by the Fellowship in the Natural Sciences (FINS) and the Undergraduate Research Council’s Summer Scholar Stipends allows students to conduct mentored research. The Healthy Appalachia Institute (HAI), a partnership between the College and the University of Virginia, supports student fellows in conducting research on health issues in the region as well as participating in global health research with U.Va.’s Center for Global Health. Students receiving FINS, Summer Scholar Stipends, or HAI Fellowships are required to present their research at public forums during the following year. They are also encouraged to submit abstracts for the various symposia held in the spring. The Undergraduate Research Symposium held each spring in collaboration with Emory & Henry College offers these students and others a forum in which to present the results of their research.  A student research symposium with member colleges of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) provides additional opportunities. Through these efforts and others, the College honors its commitment to the liberal arts, enhancing and expanding our students’ education through experiential learning.