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Leading the way

As the only R1 institution in West Virginia, we are pioneering, discovering, launching, exploring, and elevating to help change the lives within our community, our state, and our world.

From biomass to neurosciences to gravitational waves, and from understanding humans and history to creating art and music, our research and expertise stretches beyond West Virginia.

This is why we are R1 – the highest research activity as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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 is now. Therefore, we are nurturing the desire to innovate, to find solutions and to make the world a better place—in every classroom, every laboratory and every discipline across our University.

Read about our most recent research.

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Research with purpose

Dr. Fred King, Vice President of Research, discusses the University's research initiatives and the impact of WVU faculty and students in the quality of lives in West Virginia, as well as across the United States.

WVU pursues ‘research with purpose’