WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
LEADER IN STEM
WVU provides excellence in teaching,
research and service, offering 184
degree programs at the bachelor’s,
master’s, doctoral and professional
levels through 14 colleges and schools.
Improving STEM education and
scientific literacy is one of WVU’s
“Mountains of Excellence” research
areas of focus.
Genius knows no gender, and it is the single-most important resource for the 21st
century. Underscoring West Virginia University’s emerging identity as a global, diverse,
research university, WVU has secured an ADVANCE Grant from the National Science
The grant focuses on transforming institutional culture to be more supportive
and nurturing of excellent female faculty in the science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
A few examples of the genius working in STEM at WVU include:
Biometric Systems, Forensic
Science, Industrial Technology
Dr. Miranda Reed, Assistant
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Working to identify the early synaptic
changes in Alzheimer’s disease and how
it interacts with diabetes. Once identified,
these changes might be the basis for new
treatments and prevention methods.
Dr. Michelle Withers, Assistant
Training future professors to transform their
classrooms from traditional lectures into active
learning environments. She began a regional
version of the National Academies Summer
Institute to improve science education.
Dr. Cerasela-Zoica Dinu,
Exploring futuristic nanobiotechnology
approaches in medicine with National
Science Foundation funding. Her
research encompasses molecular
biology, materials science, engineering
and fundamental science.
Dr. Melissa Latimer, Director,
WVU ADVANCE Center/Associate
Professor, Women’s Studies
Seeking to understand the many reasons
– psychological, economical, sociological,
political – why inequality exists and persists.
Her research concentrates on welfare
reform’s short- and long-term effects.
Completing advanced math in high school is proven to influence college graduation rates, and
taking math beyond Algebra II doubles a student’s chances of earning a bachelor’s degree.