External funding for research and other sponsored programs at West Virginia University totaled $181.4 million this past fiscal year, a University record that bucks a downward trend that sees higher ed grappling with dwindling resources.
Seven students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program. Lauryn Alexander, Heather Baldwin, Elaine Christman, John Hansen, Emily Hughes, Alyssa Stonebraker and Nicholas Winch have been named to the eighth class of fellows.
A $500,000 donation from West Virginia University graduate Michael Manley of Morgantown will create two endowed scholarships for students in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Dr. James P. Griffith and his wife Marla have established the Dr. James P. and Marla R. Griffith Mountaineer Medical Scholar program. A $20,000 commitment, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who chooses to further his or her education on the West Virginia University Health Sciences Charleston Campus, with preference given to those from West Virginia and/or Roane County and who have an interest in internal medicine and/or psychiatry.
West Virginia University will offer new cross-disciplinary courses that are working areas of Appalachian identity, history and culture and provide faculty training in new media technology through a grant awarded to 100 Days in Appalachia, a media outlet incubated at the Reed College of Media’s Media Innovation Center.
West Virginia University fans will be given the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite Mountaineer players and coaches and watch practice at the football team's annual Fan Day on Saturday, August 3. New coach Neal Brown, assistant coaches and WVU players will sign autographs and visit with fans from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the west concourse of Milan Puskar Stadium.