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Faculty Mentorship - Faculty mentorship in research, research leadership, service, and teaching is a crucial component of our mission.  Mentorship areas include community-engaged  and practice-based research, building multidisciplinary research teams; child and adolescent health,  tobacco use;  obesity, diabetes, and metabolic diseases; multi-component behavioral prevention interventions; participatory and systems evaluation; and knowledge translation and dissemination. Mentorship may also include best practices for considering service opportunities to the university, local community, state, and nation as well as teaching effectiveness and delivery. We are committed to providing mentorship and guidance to junior faculty as well as to more senior faculty who have decided to expand their activities to include new areas of investigation, teaching, and service. The WVPRC also connects researchers to community, public health, and practice partners through our Community Partnership Board and through other venues to facilitate the conduct of community-engaged research and research translation. 

Graduate Students - We are always interested in partnering with graduate students on research endeavors. Several WVPRC researchers are faculty members in the School of Public Health and would welcome the opportunity to work with graduate students. Public health students in pursuit of an MPH are especially encouraged to contact PRC researchers to discuss their practicum projects. If you are interested in working with the WVPRC, we encourage you to contact Peter Giacobbi at peter.giacobbi@mail.wvu.edu

Undergraduate Students - If you are an undergraduate student from anywhere in the university and believe you can contribute to the success of WVPRC by doing an unpaid internship or independent study project, we encourage you to contact Leesa Prendergast at eprendergast@hsc.wvu.edu.

Community Members - WVPRC staff are heavily involved in public health and community-based participatory research. We have an interest in partnering with intra- and extra-departmental researchers from WVU and other institutions of higher learning. Research ideas that move the PRC toward the fulfillment of its mission and goals will be considered. Our staff can help with grant-writing, statistical analysis, and methodology concerns. Researchers need not be traditional public health researchers. For example, the fields of psychology, communication studies, and geography (among others) can contribute much to the body of knowledge that helps public health professionals make good decisions. Communities interested in participating in a PRC program, intervention, or research endeavor are also encouraged to contact the WVPRC.