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Research and Innovation

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In every classroom, laboratory and discipline, we nurture the desire to innovate, find solutions and improve the world.

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Undergraduate Research

Ready to make discoveries that matter? Find on- and off-campus research opportunities for undergraduate students.

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Graduate Research

In our 220+ graduate programs, you can pursue your research interests, find faculty mentors, and apply for graduate research assistantships, scholarships and fellowships.

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Research Office

WVU Research spans the spectrum from nanotechnology to cosmology; from creating new works to studying ancient ones; from the opioid drug crisis to community development.

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Research and Innovation Student Profiles | Faculty Profiles

The Psychology of Comfort TV

Elizabeth Cohen

Can't stop binge watching "Seinfeld" and other reruns during the coronavirus pandemic? One WVU media psychology expert shares some insights. Dr. Cohen explains why we always turn to the comfort of familiar TV: "There’s a lot of comfort in knowing when something’s going to happen," she says. "You don’t have to exert a lot of cognitive energy, so it doesn’t feel taxing."

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Energy Institute

We connect WVU energy researchers, programs, facilities, capabilities, students and workforce entrants with the future of energy.

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Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

We develop innovative solutions for West Virginians and those across the world with neurological and psychiatric conditions.

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West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute Featurette

We're a catalyst for clinical and translational research that targets priority health areas.

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Health Sciences Innovation Center

We help life science startups get started by providing fully functional laboratory space and connections to industry, capital and mentoring.

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Turn your idea into a new company or product with our resources for entrepreneurs and innovators.

LaunchLab Network
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Innovation Corporation

Our focus is rapidly delivering innovative, applied research and technical solutions to address government and industry challenges.

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Office of Technology Transfer

We propel the University’s research results into useful products and services for public benefit.

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STEM Education Center

Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and improve health in West Virginia through education in the STEM disciplines.

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