West Virginia State University to Hold 20th Annual Research Symposium April 17

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April 9, 2015
West Virginia State University to Hold 20th Annual Research Symposium April 17
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will hold its 20th annual Research Symposium and Spring Convocation Friday, April 17, to share information and celebrate the scientific research being conducted by its students. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Hamblin Hall on campus.

The symposium will feature presentations by NASA research scholarship recipients and poster presentations by participants in WVSU’s Research Rookies program, which provides hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates.

"The symposium provides a public forum for our students to share their scientific research with a wider audience," said Dr. Naveed Zaman, Interim Dean of WVSU’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "When students become part of a research group, it not only reinforces their scientific skills but makes them feel like part of a family, so this is also a celebration of their hard work and accomplishments."

Led by a keynote address at 8:30 a.m. from Dr. Jose Carlos Aponte, research associate from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., the event will also feature an induction ceremony for the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society at 1:30 p.m.

WVSU partnered with American Electric Power, Dow and AT&T to develop the Research Rookies program, which provides stipends for freshman and sophomore students who engage in yearlong research projects alongside WVSU scientists.

The research symposium and convocation is sponsored by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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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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