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Summer Research Adventure Experience Sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Education

Dr. Alexey Ivanov with students at zip line tour

Dr. Alexey Ivanov with students participating in the WV Adventure Zip-line Canopy tour.

The Office of Research and Graduate Education recently sponsored a summer internship experience to the WV Adventure Zip-line Canopy Tour. Students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), WV IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), and the WVU Cancer Institute Summer Research Fellowship Program spent a few hours outside of the laboratory bonding in the outdoors. For a number of the students, this was their first time on zip-line course.

“The Adventure WV course was an awesome first zip-lining experience! It was a nice break from the laboratory setting and gave me the opportunity to meet other research students. Along with the nice scenery, the guides told us new facts and information at each platform,” stated Emily Means, WV INBRE summer intern.

West Virginia University is the only university in the United States to have its own zip-line course.

"The zip-line canopy tour was an absolute blast. It was a great experience that allowed me to get to know my peers and learn about their fascinating research projects, while enjoying the beauty and adventure that our area has to offer,” said Nolan Holley, WVU Cancer Institute Summer Research Fellowship Program participant.

A student completing the zip line tour

“A significant benefit of the summer fellowship program is becoming part of a scientific community,” said Laura Gibson, Senior Associate Vice President for the Office of Research and Graduate Education at the WVU Health Sciences Center. “At times the best connections and ideas happen outside of the lab so we really encourage the students to have some fun with their colleagues beyond the work day and we were thrilled that so many took advantage of this opportunity.”

Students gather following the zip line tour

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