Faculty who would like to mentor students in undergraduate research can now post their current research interests or research project opportunities for students by listing them as skills through the online database called WebCV. The WebCV application (formerly facTools) allows faculty and staff to communicate and leverage their talents, skills, qualifications, and accomplishments directly onto the UWG web site in a userfriendly format. One such skill that can be added is Undergraduate Research. Once faculty add in research interests or project descriptions as skills within WebCV and tag as "undergraduate research," students can search the database for researchers in all fields across the university and provide information concerning potential research experiences. For a more accurate search listing, faculty should create a separate skill and tag it as undergraduate research for each research area of interest or research project opportunity for students. See below for step-by-step instructions.

To access the WebCV application and add Undergraduate Research as a skill in your profile, follow the instructions listed below:

  1. Access WebCV here: https://www.westga.edu/webcv/
  2. Sign In (at the right of the screen) with your UWG ID and Password.
  3. Under myInfo, select mySkills.
  4. Click on "Add New Skill".
  5. "Under Skill or Topic," first add your discipline and then the research area or expertise. When students search for topics in their discipline, such as Biology or Criminology, this information will show in their search results.
    • Example Skill or Topic: Biology, Epithelial ion transport.
  6. Add in keywords (for searching).
  7. Add a description under "Skill or Topic Description (Abstract)".
    • Example Skill or Topic Description: Investigation of transport of ions across epithelial membranes, focusing on the intestinal epithelium of aquatic organisms. Ions of particular interest are calcium (hard and soft water), and acid-base equivalents (H+, OH-).
  8. Scroll down to "Public" and check the box for "Undergraduate Research." If you would like for the information to be displayed on your UWG Profile, check this box too.
  9. At the bottom of the page, click "Submit."
  10. The Office of Undergraduate Research will review the posting and will make it available on the website as "Public."

All skills tagged as undergraduate research will be displayed in the search listing on the Office of Undergraduate Research Website here: Expertise Search (new link coming soon - being developed)

If at any time you wish for the skill to no longer be viewable under the search listing, please email Stacey Rowland at srowland@westga.edu

To allow for greater search results, faculty should create a separate skill and tag as undergraduate research for each research area of interest or research project opportunity for students. For instance, if your discipline is Biology and your research interests are Epithelial ion transport and Physiology of Aquatic Organisms, then create a separate skill for each of these areas. Faculty may also list ideas for potential research projects to pursue with an undergraduate student by adding a new skill per project and tagging it as undergraduate research. This would allow students to better identify potential research projects through the searchable database.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Stacey Rowland, Manager of Undergraduate Research at srowland@westga.edu.