West Virginia State University (WVSU) and the West Virginia State University Foundation (WVSU Foundation) recently announced a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support the University’s Research Rookies Program.
Designed for highly motivated students with a strong commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, the WVSU Research Rookies Program provides freshman and sophomore students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research, explore their intended major, develop relationships with faculty and cultivate critical-thinking skills.
Ultimately, the program objective is to improve the retention of promising, high-achieving, first-year students — particularly first-generation, low-income and under-represented minority students — by providing the academic and social support necessary to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to the sophomore year of college.
“We support Research Rookies because we want to help prepare the next generation of West Virginia’s business and tech leaders,” said Andy Feeney, regional vice president for AT&T External Affairs in West Virginia. “Together with the team at WVSU, the graduates of this program will be equipped with the skills and experiences they need to launch careers in STEM.”
AT&T has supported 7 “Research Rookies” positions in the past 3 years. Click here to learn more about the program.
West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university that has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, West Virginia. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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