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University Students Receive NASA WV Space Grant Consortium Scholarships

Six Wheeling Jesuit University students recently received scholarships from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC). In an effort to enhance their chosen field of study, the Space Grant Scholars are working with a mentor from the Center for Educational Technologies (CET), Challenger Learning Center (CLC), National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC), and Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU).

Scholars and mentors are, Justin Erfort, a senior computer science major from Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dr. Debbie Denise Reese of the CET; Mary Beth Lewton, a junior chemistry major from North Ridgeville, Ohio and Dr. Meri Cummings of the CET; Timothy Wright, a psychology major from Wheeling and Dr. Laurie Ruberg of the CET; Sara Leinweber, a senior elementary education major from Triadelphia and Sharon Morgan of the CLC; Danielle Holstine, a sophomore computer science major from Dunmore, W.Va. and Bob Kotson of the NTTC; Alex Zoelle, a junior chemistry major from Gibsonia, Pa. and Dr. Michael Baird, a chemistry professor at WJU.

Space Grant scholars must be U.S. citizens, full-time undergraduate students with 3.0 or higher grade point averages and must also have matching non-federal support.

The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium was established in August 1991 and along with WJU includes the following members: West Virginia University, WVU Institute of Technology, West Virginia State University, Fairmont State University, Shepherd University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bluefield State College, Bethany College, West Liberty State College, Marshall University, West Virginia High Technology Consortium, West Virginia Development Office, and the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility (NASA IV&V).

The mission of the NASA WVSGC is to develop a statewide infrastructure that will enhance the state's competitiveness in aerospace research, education and industrial activities. It aims to capture, channel and enhance the interests and activities of current and potential scientists and engineers in its member institutions. For more information on the consortium, please visit http://www.nasa.wvu.edu/affiliates.html

For more information on Wheeling Jesuit University, please visit www.wju.edu or call 1-800-624-6992.

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