Student Outreach


Student Outreach

At the Human Performance Innovation Center we take our educational charter very seriously and look forward to introducing the next generation of researchers and practitioners to the field of human performance.


Any undergraduate student, WVU affiliate or otherwise, with little or no prior research experience may inquire about internship opportunities within our laboratory. We strive to provide students with a hands-on research experience while also introducing them to current innovative technologies and research procedures. Students will have the opportunity to take part in various projects involving performance tracking, biomechanics, data analysis, programming, and more. Through our program, we strive to introduce students to real world applications while simultaneously exploring their academic passions and career goals. Whether it be through WVU research programs, course credits towards your degree, volunteer hours, or through our Science Outreach program the Human Performance Innovation Center welcomes all students looking to gain hands-on experience in a research setting.

If you are a WVU student and would like to learn more about research opportunities that may be available to you, we encourage you to check out the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program, available through WVU.


  • At minimum, complete 4 hours per week of on-site research
  • Submission of a resume with your application
  • Email from your academic advisor confirming you are in good academic standing
  • Informal interview to discuss interests
  • For course credit ONLY, a signed internship contract outlining your course requirements and expectations


For Masters and Ph.D. level candidates, the Human Performance Innovation Center offers opportunities to become involved in ongoing research projects or a specific project for the purpose of supporting the student’s thesis work. The participation of the faculty member will vary during the research from full partnership to general supervision of the student’s thesis work. Opportunities are awarded on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.



Students pursuing degrees in the following fields of study are prime candidates for this experience, but we encourage all to apply!

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Data Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biometrics Systems Engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Coaching and Performance Science
  • Strength and Conditioning



RNI In The News

Gold medalist and Marine Corp. among those benefiting from Human Performance Innovation Lab


The RNI’s Human Performance Innovation Center has created a living laboratory that is helping athletes get stronger cognitively, physically, and emotionally, as well as improving recovery with state-of-the-art technology.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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