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Paid Undergrad Research Opportunity Available to WNC Students

Posted: January 25, 2017

Elana.Ketchian, a former Western Nevada College student, presents her EPSCoR research project at a symposium at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Further your education, résumé and bank account by participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program presented by the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Western Nevada College students have an opportunity to spend this coming summer or the 2017-18 academic year as a paid researcher.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Simulate Competitive Research, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program provides students with an opportunity for research work (STEM or otherwise) related to solar energy, water and/or the environment. These include, but are not limited to, biology, civil and environmental engineering, climatology, computer science, ecology, economics, education, environmental studies, geography, hydrology, journalism, natural resources and political science. The NSF mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), except medical sciences,

Undergraduate students (12 credits annual or 1-3 credits summer) with at least a 3.0 grade-point average at any NSHE institution are eligible.

Selected students will receive one undergraduate research scholarship worth $4,000 for either the summer of 2017 or the 2017-18 academic year.

WNC students who have been awarded NSF-EPSCoR scholarships in the past include Elana Ketchian, Jordan Dargert, Morgan Remick, Dustin Parker, Isabel Flores and Maira Ibarra.

The deadline for students to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, March 3. Selected students work with a selected NHSE faculty mentor to develop a research project. As part of the application process, interested students are required to submit a research proposal. To learn about the expectations for this proposal and other details, go to

Interested WNC students and faculty can receive application assistance in WNC’s Academic Skills Center (Bristlecone Building, Room 330). WNC English Professor and ASC Coordinator Joshua Fleming, ASC tutors and Mike Sady, a WNC professor emeritus of chemistry and an adviser for the NSHE-NSF research project, are conducting application workshops in the ASC on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Monday, Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

In addition, Sady said he is available to meet at the WNC Carson City campus with students or faculty who are unavailable during those times and dates. Contact him at

For additional information about the research scholarship, contact administrator Michele Casella at 702-522-7076 or