The research that Molly Layne does with Dr. James Lewis on vocal sounds and the brain may be used to improve hearing aids.
This has been a record-setting year of national awards and international “firsts” for our students. With the support of faculty, staff and donors like you, we have shown that our students can compete with the best in the world. This year we had:
• 10 Fulbright Scholars (a record for WVU)
• 4 Boren Scholars (after a record of 7 a year ago)
• Our 23rd Truman Scholar
• Our 45th Goldwater Scholar
• Our first Gates Cambridge Scholar
• Our first Schwarzman Scholar
Our students won fellowships for research, traveled the world and contributed over 27,000 hours of community service.
The WVU Honors College offers an interdisciplinary, customized learning pathway with small classes and access to innovative Honors courses that provide hands-on learning and research experience. Three offices within the Honors College offer assist students with a variety of programs:
• The Undergraduate Research Office offers unparalleled opportunities to all students to pursue knowledge under the mentorship of renowned faculty.
• The ASPIRE Office provides support for students who want to apply for graduate school and/or nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships such as Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater and Truman.
• The Pre-Health Professional Development Office allows for rigorous preparation for students who plan to apply to medical, dental or other professional schools.
Why we need your support
In August, we welcomed yet another record class of incoming Honors College freshmen, with more than 1,000 students (approximately 20% of the freshman class). In fall 2019, we will launch Honors EXCEL, which transforms the last two years of Honors into an immersive experience that allows students to apply their knowledge way beyond the classroom – into research or creative work; interdisciplinary creations; internships and co-ops; community engagement; and/or study abroad experiences. Your gifts will be used to help these high-achieving students realize their potential while making a difference in our community, our state, and even the world.
How you can help
We encourage you to support the Mountaineer spirit by giving to one of the listed priority funds. With the ever-increasing need for scholarship assistance to help reduce student loan debt, a gift to any scholarship fund in the Honors College is greatly appreciated.
The University Honors Program Fund:
• Provides opportunities for academic exploration and experiential learning activities, including further development through living and learning communities.
• Gives assistance to students to allow them broader access to recruitment, networking and professional preparation opportunities on and off campus.
• Helps students take advantage of shadowing, research and internship opportunities that enhance their applications to health professional schools.
• Supports tools for research, travel expenses and conference fees to support undergraduate presentations, costs associated with research publication and activities of the office to promote undergraduate presentation opportunities.
The William and Karen Collins Experiential Learning Endowment is a fund endowed by the former director of the WVU Honors Program. It provides funds to support students in experiential learning opportunities in the upper division of the WVU Honors College to include:
- Study abroad assistance
- Research opportunities, including funding for research supplies and travel to conferences