Student Research Opportunities

WPU students get a rare opportunity many students don’t experience in undergrad. That’s what happens when faculty and staff are hands-on.

Many of our students go on to graduate, law, or medical school following their undergraduate studies at WPU. Getting experience conducting research, presenting at and attending national conferences, and learning from industry experts, help distinguish our students from others when it comes application time.

Each year, we have students attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), an annual event that promotes and displays research projects being performed at the undergraduate level at universities across the United States.

Our students also present their research findings at the Association of Southeastern Biologists (regional), and the NC Academy of Science (state).

Learn About WPU Students Going to NCUR

See how WPU Biology students are aiding in the fight against pollution

WPU PCB Research

WPU Biology students are working with professors to research PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) levels at Crabtree Creek in Wake County following a chemical contamination many years ago by Ward Transformer Company, a facility that handled transformers and other types of electrical equipment (News & Observer).

PCB has been known to cause cancer within animals and poses several other serious health risks to humans, including learning deficits, birth defects, and immune system deficiencies (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)).

Read The Full Story on WPU PCB Research

Explore Biology at WPU

“I wouldn’t have this opportunity to do this research had I stayed at my previous college. Doing research with your professor – I think that benefits you in the long-run and after college.”

Caroline Bergstrom ’16
Biology Major

Archaeological Field Schools

WPU Anthropology students are currently working with Professor Xandra Daniels to process and analyze artifacts recovered from the 2013 and 2015 WPU Archaeological Field Schools at Fort Caswell.

Student get the opportunity to:

  • Trowel 
  • Screen
  • Clean & process artifacts 

Watch The Story Here

Explore Anthropology at WPU