April 15, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $300K for WVU STEM Programs

Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support research to develop a new theoretical framework for STEM departure that will detail the reasons why students leave STEM majors

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced nearly $300,000 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research and education programs in the environmental engineering and health chemistry fields. These grants will allow WVU to continue making advancements in science and engineering and developing the knowledge and cutting edge technologies necessary to grow the state’s economy and address our challenges.

“I am glad this funding will help support STEM programs at West Virginia University,” Senator Manchin said. “Enhancing STEM programs and improving retention rates at our colleges and universities will open doors for our students. This is crucial for West Virginia to remain competitive in the global marketplace and I applaud WVU for their dedication to STEM education programs.”

“As technology continues to evolve, so do the jobs of today and tomorrow. It is important to emphasize STEM education at our universities and ensure students receive the training and support needed to succeed. I am glad WVU will receive this funding to enhance research and education programs in STEM fields and help prepare our students for successful careers,” said Senator Capito.

A total of $299,985 will support the “STEM-R: Modeling STEM Retention and Departure across Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering” project beginning on July 1, 2016. For more information on this project, please click here.