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WVSU awarded grant to expand STEM program

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the West Virginia Division of Science and Research Instrumentation Grants Program to expand its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and teaching capacity. Funds will purchase a new gas chromatograph (GC) system for the university's chemistry department.

The award is the latest in more than $600,000 in grant funds for the chemistry department over the past 18 months for equipment upgrades, including a new liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) system and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.

"The WVSU Department of Chemistry has acquired the instrumentation to do modern research while still maintaining a small university feel," said Dr. Micheal Fultz, assistant professor of chemistry at WVSU. "Students attain a hands-on knowledge in the use of these instruments, which they will apply in their various research projects."

The new equipment will allow WVSU instructors to include GC-based laboratory activities in advanced undergraduate and graduate classes and also will allow the school to support regional research and educational efforts in coordination with the West Virginia Education, Research and Technology Park, Kanawha Community and Technical Park, University of Charleston and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

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