West Virginia State University Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

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Aug. 15, 2018
West Virginia State University Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 
Magazine’s 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award
National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups 
in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
INSTITUTE, W.Va. — West Virginia State University (WVSU) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WVSU will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine. 
Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversitybased on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives. The award was presented to WVSU’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). 
“Developing a highly diverse workforce is vital to meet the needs of tomorrow’s society,” said Dr. Micheal Fultz, a WVSU chemistry professor and faculty advisor for the University’s ACS chapter.  “We need people who can and will think outside the box of standard ideas to solve challenges in research and the health professions. West Virginia has a diverse citizenry and requires STEM professionals as diverse to serve doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and research associates. These are some of the people that will help build our future economy.”
“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship for underrepresented students,” said Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”
For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine, visit insightintodiversity.com. 
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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