Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Betty Mei received her B.A. in Communication Arts from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh; her M.A. in Speech Communication and Ed.D. in Communication Studies and Educational Psychology from West Virginia University, Morgantown.
In her role as Program Director for Graduate Student Success, Dr. Mei oversees communication between the Office of Graduate Education and Life and the graduate and professional student community, as well as coordinate New Graduate Student Orientations, events, and professional development activities. Dr. Mei also serves as the public speaking coach for the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition finalists to prepare them for the Grand Finale held each spring during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
Prior to her current role in the Office of Graduate Education and Life, Dr. Mei worked in the WVU TRIO McNair Scholars Program for 17 years preparing underrepresented and first-generation college students for doctoral studies. Through the program, over 70% of WVU McNair Scholars advanced to enroll in graduate programs throughout the U.S. Since 2020, Dr. Mei along with four other WVU faculty members received a grant from the National Institute on Aging establishing the WVU Appalachia Gerontology Experiences: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (AGE-ADAR) Scholars Program. In this grant program, Dr. Mei conducts professional development workshops in preparing underrepresented sophomores and juniors from MSTEM disciplines for conference presentations and becoming future professionals in the fields of aging research or health careers. Dr. Mei holds 50% time each in the Office of Graduate Education and Life and the AGE-ADAR Scholars Program.
Dr. Mei is passionate about helping students to be successful in their academic pursuits and preparation for a future career. Students may contact her via email or phone.