Networking for Research Collaboration: How 3 WVU offices can help you!

When and Where

May 11 2017 10:30-11:30AM | Webinar

Session Information

We propose to share examples of academic excellence and promote networking for research collaboration by presenting on the various services provided by our offices, which are open to all students. Our offices strive to assist students who might be interested in applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, to promote undergraduate research and connect students to opportunities there, and to offer supportive and structured pre-health professional development services to current students and alumni. Many faculty are unaware of the services our offices provide, and we know from feedback that the best way to connect to interested students is through faculty outreach.

We will speak specifically to the ways in which our offices can support faculty on campus, including through support for writing letters of recommendation and also opportunities to be more involved with undergraduates who are seeking research opportunities. We will highlight some of the past successes of our offices and share new initiatives as well. We will also bring three students (one to represent ASPIRE, Pre-Health, and Undergraduate Research) to talk about their experiences and also provide ample time for faculty to ask questions.


Amy Cyphert, Michelle Richards-Babb, Victoria Sanchez, Kimberly Quedado, Cate Johnson, Leigh Pratt

Amy Cyphert

Amy Cyphert is the Director of WVU's ASPIRE Office, which assists students who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships as well as students who are applying to graduate or professional school. A Morgantown native, Amy is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a 2000 Truman Scholar, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to WVU, Amy served as a law clerk to a federal judge in Manhattan and also worked as an attorney there for several years. Amy also teaches several courses to both undergraduates and law students, including Philosophy of Law and Appellate Advocacy.

Michelle Richards-Babb

Michelle Richards-Babb is an Associate Professor within the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at West Virginia University. She has been involved in administering undergraduate research experience programs (SURE and REU) for more than nine years. The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks to enhance academic excellence through undergraduate research and creative endeavors and was established as a resource for both students and faculty members.