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Portrait of Marseille Mcbeam

A desire to care

Marseille Mcbeam
Nursing, Class of 2018

Mcbeam juggles the demands of nursing school while also being a high jumper on the WVU Track and Field team. Balancing the two is difficult, but the challenge has sharpened her communication, concentration and time management skills.

Q&A with Marseille Mcbeam
Portrait of Emma Harrison

Advocating for Prison Education Reform

Emma Harrison
Political Science, Class of 2019

Emma found her purpose in public service through an internship with the West Virginia Innocence Project at the WVU College of Law and the "Inside-Out Prison Exchange" class with prisoners at the Federal Correctional Institution in Hazelton.

A political science and multidisciplinary studies major, she is one of 59 Truman scholars chosen from 756 candidates for the award.

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Portrait of Sundus Lateef
Research and Innovation Student Profiles | Faculty Profiles

Research on the Hill

Sundus Lateef
Medicine, Class of 2021

Sundus was one of only 60 undergraduates invited to present research to members of Congress and their staff at the 2017 Posters on the Hill session.

Shortly before graduating with a dual degree in biology and chemistry, she traveled to Capitol Hill discuss her research into the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a topic she’s been exploring with Dr. Janet Tou, Human Nutrition and Foods, and Dr. Vagner Benedito, Genetics and Developmental Biology, since her freshman year.

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Portrait of Ricky Rogers

A Natural Performer

Ricky Rogers

Known to fans as No. 85 on the Mountaineer football team, this wide receiver loves performing — at games, on the dance floor and in the classroom.

He’s got big plans. Mountaineer big. From playing in the NFL to starting his own dance studio — WVU is helping him get there.

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Portrait of Mary-Kate Barker
Research and Innovation Student Profiles | Faculty Profiles

Baking ideas into a business

Mary-Kate Barker
Human Nutrition and Foods, Class of 2018

With the help of the Davis College’s Young Innovator Fellowship program, Mary-Kate launched her first product, Mary-Kate’s GranDelite granola. She has her sights set on owning her own nutritional business or pursuing her passion for clinical dietetics.

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Portrait of Joshua Gross
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Understanding Addiction

Joshua Gross
Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Between 2010 and 2015, the combined overdose deaths from cocaine and psychostimulants with abuse potential equaled the number of overdose deaths from heroin.

Working with his mentors at WVU, Joshua is investigating how a particular protein influences the brain’s response to such drugs. His recent findings on the protein RGS12 were featured in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

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Portrait of Praveen Majjigapu
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Mending the nation’s infrastructure

Praveen Majjigapu
Civil Engineering, Class of 2018

Praveen’s doctoral research focuses on economical solutions to repair deteriorating infrastructure. Working with Hota GangaRao, director of the Constructed Facilities Center, Praveen has designed innovative, patent-pending fiber reinforced polymer composites – material that can be wrapped around existing concrete, timber and steel to strengthen structures.

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Portrait of Clara Haizlett

Learning the language of Morocco

Clara Haizlett
International Studies

Clara was one of three WVU students to win Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State in 2017. The highly competitive and prestigious scholarship provides a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Haizlett studied in Tangier, Morocco.

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Portrait of Christina Murray

Building language skills

Christina Murray
Political Science, Class of 2020

Murray’s career goal is to work in intelligence. And even as a sophomore, she’s well on her way to that goal.

She was one of seven WVU students who earned prestigious Boren Scholarships in 2017. Boren Scholarships support language study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. In exchange, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

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Portrait of Anna Gilpin
Research and Innovation Student Profiles | Faculty Profiles

Revolutionizing treatment with regenerative medicine

Anna Gilpin
Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2018

Anna is one of 44 WVU students to win a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s most prestigious award in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Working alongside Yong Yang, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, she has been conducting research in the area of regenerative medicine since the summer before her sophomore year.

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Portrait of Michaela Abam
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Giving back through sport

Michaela Abam
Athletic Coaching Education

Michaela was one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in women’s soccer. Given annually, the Senior CLASS award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Throughout her four years at WVU, Abam has visited WVU Children's and the Ronald McDonald House, assisted in the program's efforts to raise money for breast cancer research and spent a summer volunteering with Mountaineer United Soccer Club.

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Portrait of Jared Beard
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Engineering a personalized career

Jared Beard
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2018

Jared’s interest in how things worked led him to mechanical engineering, but he was confused on what he might ultimately do with his degree. That all came into focus his freshman year when he had the opportunity to work in the Flexible Electronics for Sustainable Technologies (FEST) Lab under the direction of Kostas Sierros, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. That experience cemented his interest in materials.

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Portrait of Garrett Burgess
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Advocating for veterans

Garrett Burgess
Political Science, Class of 2018

Named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by the Campus Compact, Garrett plans to work with the Veterans Advocacy Clinic in the College of Law to help veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges due to misconduct arising from mental trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. These “bad paper” discharges make veterans ineligible for certain VA benefits, as well as make it difficult for them to secure private employment.

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