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First2Network Summer Research Program

July 6 @ 9:00 am - July 19 @ 5:00 pm

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Would you like to spend two weeks ‘playing’ in the dirt?

If you are a rising freshmen who is a first generation and/or minority student – and interested in science, technology, engineering and math – you are invited to participate in a 2-week, all expense paid research internship at the University of Charleston through the First2Network program.  Accepted students will also receive a $600 educational stipend as well as travel support upon successful completion of the program.

First2Network offers STEM related internships at several sites in West Virginia. The program at UC will involve a fascinating look into the ground below your feet – students will be working with faculty and student mentors on a research project entitled: “Medicine from Dirt: The search for antibiotic producing microorganisms and biologically active molecules from WV soils”. They will be examining the unique Appalachian forest soils for novel antibiotic producing microbes.

The internship runs from July 6 – July 19, 2020.

Criteria for acceptance into the program is to simply be interested in the STEM field, be a first generation student, and be interested in applying to UC.

First2Network is a project funded by the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES initiative.  The mission of the network is to increase the number of first-generation college students who graduate with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in West Virginia and beyond.


Interested students should apply through the First2Network Only ten students will be accepted into the UC program, so please apply early.

For more information about the program, visit the website or watch this short video about how First2Network is changing the lives of rural, first generation and minority students interested in majoring in STEM fields:



July 6 @ 9:00 am
July 19 @ 5:00 pm
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