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WVU Foundation records second-best year with more than $213 million in contributions

For the fiscal year from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, WVU Foundation data shows 20,206 donors – including 9,360 alumni – made 39,347 gifts totaling $213.8 million. This total is second only to $270.1 million donated in fiscal year 2021. The gifts will benefit education, health care and prosperity to make a positive impact across the Mountain State and beyond for years to come.

WVU and citizen scientists go fishing for answers on blotchy bass syndrome

West Virginia University researchers will have a chance to better understand blotchy bass syndrome with data collected by citizens through a mobile app. With a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey totaling $314,975, the team plans to look into the prevalence, distribution, seasonality and potential risks and impacts that are still unknown.

Service, semester preps, celebration intertwine for WVU’s Welcome Week

The return of FallFest highlights a packed Welcome Week at West Virginia University which begins Thursday, Aug. 11, and continues through the start of the fall semester Wednesday, Aug. 17. New events include a pool party for all students at the Student Rec Center Aug. 13 and a service project to benefit the West Virginia United Way Collaborative during Monday Night Lights for first-year students Aug. 15.

WVU researchers work to restore iconic West Virginia red spruce forests 

Clearcutting and wildfires destroyed the red spruce which were once the dominant tree species in West Virginia. Today, only 10% of the state’s red spruce coverage remains and it faces a new threat in climate change. West Virginia University researchers are working toward restoring some of the original tree habitat by studying the long-term effects of climate change on red spruce and the surrounding environment.

WVU receives national recognition for commitment to first-generation students

West Virginia University’s FirstGen Initiatives are being awarded the First-gen Forward designation. The designation comes from the Center for First-Generation Student Success. With this designation, WVU has access to additional professional development opportunities, community-building experiences, research and resources to bolster WVU’s first-gen programming.

WVU researchers come out of their shells to help at-risk turtles

Donald Brown, research assistant professor of wildlife resources in West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is leading a team looking at how oil and natural gas activity affects wood turtles.

WVU researchers won’t hit snooze on mattress recycling needs

After years of use, mattresses and the materials that form them are eventually discarded into landfills creating methane gases while their chemicals and dyes seep into soil and groundwater. West Virginia University researchers are working on ways to recycle used mattress textiles to help create biodegradable products as replacements for single-use plastics.

WVU environmental microbiology student named Goldwater Scholar

A chance decision in high school and the inspiring poster of a previous dual scholarship recipient has led a West Virginia University senior to the laboratory of one of the University’s notable researchers and her own Goldwater and Udall scholarships.

WVU students awarded Gilman Scholarships to pursue education abroad

Twelve West Virginia University students will expand their educational horizons this summer through study abroad programs provided by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is a competitive national award for undergraduate students interested in opportunities abroad.