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WJU's Space Grant Scholars Display Their Research

WHEELING, W.Va., April 15, 2014 - Nine NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarship recipients were among more than 100 students who presented research projects during Wheeling Jesuit University's (WJU) annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 8.

Space grant recipients presenting were Elizabeth Bain, Nathaniel Barker, Jeffrey Becca, Taylor Christman, Patrick Dwyer, Andrew Eisenhart, Nicholas King, John Pennacchio and Andrew Schnelle.

Two of the space grant scholars, Schnelle and Pennacchio, both biology majors, also competed for the university's prestigious Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J., Science Award. The Haig competition was the culmination of Research Day. Any senior who maintains at least a 3.5 G.P.A. in all science and math courses, can compete for the award. They also had to present an independent research project that embodies the concept of “individual excellence for public usefulness” to the Haig Committee.

The award, presented at WJU's commencement, includes a medal and a $2,500 cash prize.

In addition to Research Day presentations, Dwyer attended Undergraduate Research Day at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston on Jan. 30. Also, Dr. Emily Sylvester, assistant professor of chemistry, along with her research student, Katlyn Lucas and space grant scholar, Schnelle attended the American Chemical Society meeting in March in Dallas, Texas.

The West Virginia Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-sponsored organization consisting of 12 West Virginia academic institutions and nine corporate and scientific partners. It is dedicated to building research infrastructure and promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in West Virginia. The consortium's programs focus on research, collaborations with high-tech industries, student fellowships, K-12 education and public outreach. This is consistent with the strategic vision for the state's participation in the nation's future endeavors in science and technology.

Photo Cutline: Several NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarship recipients presented research projects during Wheeling Jesuit University's Annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium. From left are: West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarship recipients Jeff Becca, Andrew Eisenhart, Nicholas King, Elizabeth Bain, Nathaniel Barker, Patrick Dwyer and moderator Margie Cooke.

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