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.
Our students present their research findings at regional and national conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Association of Southeastern Biologists (regional), and the NC Academy of Science (state).
Polychlorinated Biphenyl (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).
Spider Monkey Research: Yucatán, Mexico
“I fell in love with the region and Mesoamerica…and in 1994 I started doing Spider Monkey research in a small Maya village.”
Dr. Laura Vick
WPU faculty and students have been exploring parts of the Yucatán for more than 25 years, researching Spider Monkey behaviors and helping the indigenous people thrive in the region.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research
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.
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.
Students get the opportunity to:
- Clean & process artifacts