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WVU to participate in national study of PhD student outcomes

West Virginia University will be participating as an affiliate partner in a collective effort spearheaded by the Council of Graduate Schools to gather and use data about the careers of Ph.D. students and alumni. The broad-based survey will collect data about Ph.D. careers in both STEM and humanities fields and is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Paid biomedical research opportunity for HSTA scholars at WVU and MU

WV-INBRE program will provide funding for HSTA scholars attending WVU and Marshall University to participate in biomedical science research. A maximum of six internships (three for WVU/three for MU) will be available. Funding will be provided to pay the student $10/hour to work up to 15 hours per week for 25 weeks on the research for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Hernandez receives NSF grant for STEM identity research

Paul Hernandez, an assistant professor at the College of Education and Human Services, received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his two-year research project titled, “Developing a Measure of STEM Identity and Balance.” The project is a collaboration with Hernandez's colleagues at California State University San Marcos.

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WVU researcher to study carbon dioxide reduction under NSF collaborative award

One of the biggest factors hampering the growth of renewable energy is storage. Sun and wind are intermittent and dependent on geography, requiring energy storage and transportation. Batteries are a means of addressing the storage problem, but they have a low-energy density, and are relatively expensive and difficult to transport. A researcher at West Virginia University will be investigating one possible alternative that could potentially create a route to “green” hydrocarbons.