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About Research at WVU

It would be hard to find another university

as committed to making a difference to its state as West Virginia University is to West Virginia. As our state, nation, and the world transition to a knowledge-based economy, the role of higher education, which is “the original knowledge industry,” will become even more critical.

WVU’s responsibility has never been more important, and our ability to spark innovation and the jobs and opportunities it produces has never been needed as much as it now. Therefore, we are nurturing the desire to innovate, to find solutions, and to make the world a better place—in every classroom, in every laboratory, and in every discipline across our University.

Five areas of strength, where the potential for growth and substantial return on investment makes sense, have been identified for strategic investment.

Initial areas of focus “Mountains of Excellence”

Visit these links below to go through articles and research related to each area.

  1. Addressing health disparities in Appalachia »
  2. Improving STEM education and scientific literacy »
  3. Utilizing shale gas responsibly »
  4. Promoting stewardship of water resources »
  5. Achieving international leadership in radio astronomy »

These areas are important to West Virginia and have a great potential for teamwork across multiple disciplines. And all of them address significant challenges.

The University plans to ensure the success of these “Mountains” through support for faculty-such as shared research facilities, grant writing workshops, additional graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, aligning capital campaign funds with areas of emphasis, increasing recognition of faculty work, and taking advantage of technology transfer opportunities. Over 20 faculty positions across campus will also be added.

These Mountains of Excellence will spark intellectual curiosity, result in groundbreaking research, and contribute to a better West Virginia.

Statement on Faculty Research

Faculty members at West Virginia University have an obligation and responsibility to conduct research. A significant component of WVU’s land-grant mission includes gathering and analyzing data and then contributing this analysis to inform the discussion and understanding of various issues affecting the lives of West Virginians and others around the world.

Research conducted at WVU is data-driven, objective and independent. It is not influenced by any political agenda, business priority, funding source or popular opinion.

The research findings of WVU faculty and scholars are subject to intense review and challenge by academic peers – including review of data sources, methods and analysis – consistent with widely accepted practices of academic research in higher education.

Engaging in a rigorous protocol, WVU faculty and scholars can, and often do, reach varying and sometimes divergent conclusions when studying and testing similar data. Their work, however, is always informed and protected by the academic freedom that ensures the ability to choose and conduct research unfettered by bias, outside influence or external agendas.

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