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Wheeling Jesuit Space Grant Scholars Present Research Projects, Receive Funding

WHEELING, W.Va., May 11, 2015 -- Wheeling Jesuit University's West Virginia Space Grant Scholars have presented research projects during competitions on- and off-campus in recent months.

During WJU's 16th Annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium on April 14 four space grant recipients, Elizabeth Bain, Collin Huth, Brett Szeligo and Emily Robinson, took top honors for their presentations.

Also at the Research Symposium, seniors Evan Collins and Robinson presented projects to the Haig Science Award committee. This year's Haig Award was presented to Robinson for her project “The Effects of Soccer Ball Heading on Scent Perception: Severity of Effects in Adolescence During High School Competition.” She received the Haig medal and $2,500 at Commencement.

In March, Space Grant scholars Jeff Becca, Andrew Eisenhart and Nate Barker presented at the American Chemical Society meeting held in Denver, Co. The Space Grant Consortium provided partial funding for their travel.

Also in March, Robinson presented her research on “The Effects of Soccer Ball Heading on Scent Perception” at West Virginia Research Day at the Capitol. Her presentation gained local media coverage.

Wolfgang Zober, a junior physics major, has accepted a six-week internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center located in Greenbelt, Md.

At the Spring Board of Directors' meeting held in Charleston, W.Va., the Board approved a proposal submitted by WJU sophomore chemistry major, Szeligo, for $5,000. Twenty-seven Undergraduate Research Fellowship Proposals were submitted from various space grant affiliates in the state, and Szeligo's was one of 10 proposals that was awarded funding.

Through the efforts of Consortium board member and WJU's contracts administrator Margie Cooke, many WJU students are awarded grants each year.

The West Virginia Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-sponsored organization consisting of 12 West Virginia academic institutions and eight 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-technology industries, student fellowships as well as K-12 and public outreach programs. This is consistent with the strategic vision for the state's participation in the nation's future endeavors in science and technology. The Consortium is housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources on the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, W.Va.

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