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Challenging the Unchallenged

We are disruptors. We challenge the norm. And we don't settle for "that's never been done before." WVU researchers brave the unknown — like Dan Carder and his team who raised some of the first questions about diesel vehicle emissions. Their findings sparked an investigation that's caused big headlines around the world — fueling real change.

Read more about Dan Carder — one of Time's 100 most influential people.


We come from a long line of tinkerers and garage inventors. Today our students are building robots and discovering pulsars. But that spirit of pioneering ingenuity lives on.

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Student Profiles

Pursuing solutions and discoveries that matter.

Roshan Daniel

Roshan Daniel

Roshan's undergraduate research is focused on small spacecraft navigation.

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Ahley Leslie

Ashley Leslie

Ashley's undergraduate research focuses on Huntington's disease.

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STEM Initiatives

WVU — where education meets innovation.


Leading the Way

With a new Ph.D. program in forensic science effective July 1, 2016, WVU will become the only institution in the country to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in forensic science.

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Claire St. Peter teaching a young student

K-12 STEM Programs

WVU has partnered with national network 100Kin10 to bring 100,000 new STEM teachers into schools by 2021.

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Robot lander

WVU Robotics Team 

WVU students and faculty have swept the competition at several NASA robotics challenges.

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Sean McWilliams

Einstein was Right

WVU Astrophysicist Sean McWilliams and other team members observed gravitational waves for the first time.

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The Science of Zip line fun

WVU Science Behind the Sport: Exploring STEM Concepts Related to Zip Lines

These workshops hosted at West Virginia University provided West Virginia middle and high school teachers with an innovative curriculum to help get today's youth excited about science.