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Students selected for WVU Foundation Graduate Scholarships

WVU Foundation Graduate Scholarship Winners

The Office of Graduate Education and Life has announced the recipients of the year's WVU Foundation Graduate Scholarship awards. 

The scholarship review committee was impressed by the high caliber applications we received and have selected four recipients for the WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship and six recipients for the Carl del Signore Foundation Scholarship for master’s students working towards the completion of a thesis.

The research, teaching, and services that graduate students provide is incredibly valuable to the WVU campus and the greater Morgantown community. We are so thankful for our ability to provide these awards to help these highly qualified students defray the costs of their education and promote the dissemination of their research to a broader audience.

WVU Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship Awardees

  • Kate Allen

    • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

    • PhD, Biology

    • “This award will be a huge help as I finish my PhD. It will allow me to offset my educational expenses such as college tuition, as well as travel expenses as I present my work at conferences and to potential employers, and the general life expenses that can derail a graduate education. Having extra support at this stage of my education will give me the security to really launch the next stage of my career.”

  • Matthew C. Arias

    • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

    • Clinical Psychology

    • “The WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship will provide me the opportunity to investigate the preferences patients hold about treatments that target fears/phobias. The award will help assess ways to improve established treatments, and has the potential to increase overall utilization and adherence to psychotherapy treatment. Personally, receiving this award provides me the ability to carry out my research goals and will make me more of a well-rounded researcher.”

  • Praveen K.R. Majjigapu

    • Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering

    • PhD, Civil Engineering (Structural)

    • “I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious scholarship. The award has boosted my confidence as a researcher and further motivates me to pursue my dreams of advancing the nation’s infrastructure. I am extremely thankful to the awards committee for bestowing me this honor!”

  • Katelyn Romm

    • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

    • PhD, Psychology, Life-Span Development

    • “This award will support my dissertation work, which examines adolescents' beliefs about and approval of negative parenting behaviors as protective factors against the influence of negative parenting. Through this work, I hope to better understand the individual characteristics of the adolescent that may buffer against the negative influence of family processes on adolescents' engagement in health-risk behaviors. This work aims to inform interventions that seek to intervene at the level of the adolescent by identifying modifiable characteristics that can be targeted to reduce engagement in health-risk behaviors among adolescents who experience various aspects of negative parenting.”

Carl del Signore Foundation Scholarship Awardees

  • Gordon Dimmig

    • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    • Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

    • “As I begin the last semester of my master's degree, this award will help me conclude my thesis and begin writing publications. Easing the financial side of things means that I have more time to focus on my bird research, in both analyzing data and writing.”

  • Savannah Lyn Haines

    • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    • Plant Pathology

    • “Higher education can be expensive, but without it, I will not be able to be the professional forest pathologist I aspire to be. With this scholarship I will be able help defray the cost of my graduate education while continuing to work on my master’s research which is observing the extent and distribution of Diplodia spp. and its contribution to oak decline in the mid-Atlantic region. The knowledge and skills that I gain during my graduate time here will help me in obtain jobs in the future and shape me into a better researcher.”

  • Ilana Haliwa

    • Eberly College of Arts & Sciences

    • PhD, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)

    • “The extra financial support from the Carl del Signore will support the completion of my Master’s thesis project by defraying research costs such as participant payment and the purchasing of materials.”

  • Rachel Newman

    • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    • Combined MS in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program

    • “I am honored to have been selected to receive the Carl del Signore graduate scholarship and am thrilled for the support to my career development. In addition to becoming a registered dietitian after the completion of my dietetic internship this year, I plan to continue with my research and pursue a PhD in nutritional science. This scholarship will allow me to continue to stay focused on finishing my master’s research project, which will prepare me for a successful doctorate degree and career.”

  • Michaela Reardon

    • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

    • Life-span Developmental Psychology

    • “This award will help me to continue my research on decision-making processes and outcomes in adults. Previous research shows that cognitive abilities are important for predicting decision-making outcomes. Research also shows that affective components, such as task difficulty and importance, are influential in decision-making; however, this area of research is less well established. This award will help to support this line of research and bridge the gap in the literature.”

  • Alaina Tiani

    • College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

    • Clinical Psychology

    • “This scholarship will positively impact my work as a graduate researcher by assisting with educational costs, as well as providing funds towards the equipment necessary for the execution and completion of my master's thesis project.”

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