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Student Success

In spring 2016, WVU students were awarded 30 global, prestigious scholarships and fellowships – the most ever.

WVU recipients of prestigious scholarships include 25 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 44 Goldwater Scholars, 2 British Marshall Scholars, 5 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 22 Boren Scholars, 49 Gilman Scholars, three Department of Homeland Security Scholars, 49 Fulbright Scholars, 28 Critical Language Scholars, one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, five National Institute of Standards and Technology Fellowship and four National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

WVU students won three categories of the 2017 WV Statewide Business Plan Competition.


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has honored 19 WVU faculty as West Virginia Professors of the Year. Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, earned the award in 2015.

WVU is one of only about a dozen schools in the country that are land-grant, doctoral research universities with a comprehensive medical school.

WVU is the only university in the country offering a bachelor of science, master of science, and Ph.D. in Forensic Science. WVU is only one of two programs nationally that offers the Ph.D. in forensic science.

The WVU School of Medicine was the first in the country to rotate students through a clinical addiction program, which is now a requirement for all American medical students.

WVU is one of only three institutions that offer a joint petroleum and natural gas engineering ABET-accredited major.


WVU has reached the highest level of research activity (“Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity” or “R1”) in the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education update, which was published on February 1, 2016.

WVU faculty generate over $127 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants, and 3,244 faculty actively perform research in their respective fields.

In the past five years, 2,030 students have participated in undergraduate research as part of coursework for their major.

The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute—the world’s first institute devoted to the study of human memory—is at WVU.

WVU is partnering with NASA to launch West Virginia’s first satellite into orbit.

WVU engineer Dan Carder, who led the research team that broke open the Volkswagen emissions scandal, was named to the 2016 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

WVU professors Sean McWilliams and Zach Etienne and a group of graduate students are part of a global team of scientists who have detected gravitational waves for the third time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened.

Maura McLaughlin and Duncan Larimer from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were part of a global team of astronomers who detected for the first time repeating short-duration bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source, likely located well beyond the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.


WVU has earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Only 6% of all universities have.

The College of Law provides about 40,000 hours of free legal services and student pro bono projects annually.

In spring 2016, 1,400 students completed 10,236 service hours in service-learning courses.

Bonnie’s Bus, WVU Cancer Institute’s mobile digital mammography unit, has provided more than 8,698 mammograms in West Virginia since 2009.

WVU Extension educators and volunteers guide 1-in-5 West Virginia youths in “learn by doing” 4-H projects and activities that build citizenship and career skills.

The Job Accommodation Network located at WVU serves the nation by providing free consulting services designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities.

WVU raised $301,425 in its 2016 United Way campaign.

International Connections

In November 2015, President E. Gordon Gee and other WVU officials visited Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar to celebrate partnerships and charter the Kuwait alumni chapter, WVU’s first chapter in the Middle East.

Since 1991 WVU’s Global Health Program has given students in medicine, dentistry, and other health careers opportunities to visit and provide care in countries whose people have limited access to health care.

WVU alumni reside in 135 nations.

WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design is a Peace Corps Master’s International partner, which allows graduate students to pursue a master of science degree while also completing an international service internship with the Peace Corps.

A total of 922 WVU students studied abroad in 2014-15.


The No. 2-ranked WVU rifle team won its 19th NCAA Championship. The title was the fifth straight for the Mountaineers.

The sixth-seeded WVU women’s basketball team overcame improbable odds to win the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship trophy on March 7.

Eleven current and former Mountaineers competed in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Ginny Thrasher, a member of the WVU rifle team, won the first gold medal awarded at the Rio Olympics. Women’s soccer players Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence won bronze medals with the Canadian women’s soccer team.

The women’s soccer team has won a total of 16 conference titles and has made 17 consecutive NCAA appearances.

WVU’s combined varsity athletic teams have a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 80 percent.