The program, established in 2011, includes a $34,000 stipend, a $2,000 travel grant and tuition waivers for each fellow to continue their research at WVU.
WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has created a soccer dynasty in Morgantown. However, it is not the winning records nor the titles that have defined her tenure at WVU, but rather the players she has inspired along the way. CPASS graduate student, Bryana McCarthy, is one of those players.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, West Virginia University’s 76 Graduate Fellows served a total of 5,221 volunteer hours, an impact valued at over $115,000 with 66+ organizations impacted*. In their positions as Graduate Fellows, students are required to complete service hours, but 50% of the students reported more than their minimum required hours of semester service, displaying their commitment to serving the University and greater Morgantown community.
The West Virginia and Regional History Center, Appalachian Prison Book Project, WVU Undergraduate Research, Monongalia County Commission, and Empty Bowls Monongalia were among the organizations that benefited from these service hours.
This summer, 25 WVU Law students are practicing public interest law across West Virginia.
As Public Interest Advocates Summer Fellows, these students are working in full-time, paid positions for 10 weeks serving the poor, the elderly, children, and victims of domestic violence, among others. They are gaining valuable experience in children’s advocacy, civil rights, consumer law, disability rights, and land use and conservation law.
Growing up riding four-wheelers and collecting rocks near her grandparents’ cabin in the valleys wedged between the Rocky Mountains, Shelby Isom’s childhood was an adventure. Always on the hunt for the perfect sphere- and heart-shaped rocks, she loved being in nature. But she never expected she would turn that passion for the outdoors into a career. But that became her reality as a geology Ph.D. student at West Virginia University, where she has spent many hours scaling volcanoes and leading undergraduate students on field trips.
Body image among young adult female athletes has become a hot topic within the sports exercise psychology industry. Kate Fairhurst, a CPASS Ph.D. candidate, recently received the 2019 Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Research Grant to continue her research on the topic.
West Virginia University graduate student is investigating how soils store carbon in ecosystems around the world to understand the impact of climate change.
Biology Ph.D. student Nanette Raczka’s summer research efforts will begin in a seasonally dry tropical forest in Gaunacaste, Costa Rica. Raczka received a grant from the Explorers Club Washington Group to study how microbes in the soil cycle carbon under periods of drought.