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Researching the Principles of Neuron Diversity — Kristyn's STEM Journey

  January 10, 2019        0 Comments

Kristyn Lizbinski, a doctoral student studying biology at West Virginia University, is on a mission to reveal that every neuron is a unique snowflake. In more technical terms, she's researching the principles of neuron diversity.

Keep reading for a closer look at Kristyn's research findings, along with how she utilized WVU's status as one of the 120 R1 institutions in the nation to augment her STEM education.

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM

WVU Maintains R1 Status — Ranked Alongside Nation's Most Prestigious Research Universities

  January 03, 2019        0 Comments

West Virginia University continues to rank among the nation’s elite research institutions as reflected in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Carnegie released its every-three-year assessment this week, and WVU continues to be rated as an R1, or very high research activity, institution, the most elite category for research-focused schools, alongside such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins. Only 120 of the nation’s 4,500 colleges and...

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Topics: WVU Admissions Resources, Graduate Degrees in STEM

Highlighting 7 WVU Research Achievements of 2018

  December 06, 2018        0 Comments

West Virginia University is proud to be one of the 115 R1 institutions in the nation. Only the best research universities in the country achieve this status, which means that WVU is recognized for its research-based graduate programs and its research achievements.

Let's dig a little deeper and examine several of WVU's 2018 research achievements. 

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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate Degrees in STEM

4 Research-Intensive Graduate Programs for Lovers of Data

  November 29, 2018        0 Comments

There are 115 institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education, and West Virginia University's research classification is described as fitting into the “highest research activity” classification for doctoral universities.

R1 institutions are engaged at the frontiers of knowledge discovery across the spectrum from the Creative Arts and Humanities to the Social Sciences to the Applied and Basic Sciences. These are the best research...

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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate Degrees in STEM

7 STEM Degrees for Ambitious Career Changers

  November 15, 2018        0 Comments

While having a liberal arts bachelor's degree does not necessarily exclude you from pursuing a STEM graduate degree, it does depend on which STEM discipline you’d like to pursue. For instance, some programs — such as Aerospace Engineering or Molecular Biology — have very rigid prerequisite requirements due to the nature of the material.

However, some advanced STEM education programs require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree but do not discriminate against non-STEM bachelor’s degrees....

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM

Quincy's STEM Story — His Intimate Research Resulting in Biomedical Discoveries and Real Innovation

  November 01, 2018        0 Comments

Quincy Hathaway is an innovator, a researcher, and a future leader in STEM. The Admissions Team at West Virginia University talked with him in order to understand his recent research grant from the American Heart Association.

Here's what Quincy had to say about his dedication to excellence and his biomedical discoveries.

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM, Student and Alumni Testimonials

6 STEM Careers for Creative Minds

  October 18, 2018        0 Comments

Are you a creative individual with a background in liberal arts? Are you feeling dissatisfied with your current career options, or are you searching for something more technical? You might want to consider an advanced STEM education and jumpstart your career in a STEM field.

Although this suggestion may conjure up the prospect of long, dull hours spent doing repetitive technical work, the reality is that many STEM-related professions actually rely heavily on creativity and innovation.


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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM

WVU's Mission: Empowering Rural Students to Succeed in STEM Education

  October 04, 2018        0 Comments

Strengthening its commitment to help support broad-based prosperity in West Virginia, the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at West Virginia University will lay the foundation for student success. 

“Empowering West Virginia students to pursue and stay in STEM fields is a critical component to moving West Virginia forward,” said principal investigator and WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education director Gay Stewart. “By encouraging just 25 percent more of our students to complete...

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM

Impact Technology with a PhD in Physics — Tips from a Researcher

  September 20, 2018        2 Comments

"STEM education generates critical thinkers and promotes innovations that lead to novel ideas, products, and new technology — which is very important for the sustainable economic growth of this country."

That's what Sobhit Singh, a PhD graduate of West Virginia University's Physics program, had to say about what drove him to pursue a doctorate degree in this particularly complex field.

We dug a little deeper and asked Sobhit about his experience at WVU, how he plans on promoting innovation...

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM, Student and Alumni Testimonials

Top 10 STEM Degrees to Pursue by 2022

  September 13, 2018        0 Comments

If you are looking for a strong return on investment, now is an ideal time to be thinking about pursuing an advanced STEM education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs in the STEM fields will be the fastest growing between between 2012-2022, with more than 1 million jobs being added — totaling more than nine million jobs available.

We took the liberty of listing 10 STEM master's degrees that we think are worth pursuing in the next few years.

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM


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Deciding what graduate school to attend can be daunting at times, and navigating the admissions process can be that much more difficult. We hope to make the journey from considering graduate school to enrolling in a graduate program easier by publishing content that will be helpful to you as you discern if, when, and where, to pursue your next degree.

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