West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Presents Grants For Scientific Research

3/12/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin today presented 12 grants to help advance scientific research at West Virginia colleges and universities. The grants, which totaled more than $770,000, were funded competitively through the state’s Research Challenge Fund (RCF) and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts (E&A).

The grants were awarded in association with Undergraduate Research Day, an annual event at the State Capitol highlighting research projects conducted by college and university students from around the state.

Presenting the grants, Manchin noted that scientific research is one of the keys to West Virginia’s future success. He added that by increasing the number of active researchers in the state, grants for research will ultimately give the state a competitive edge and create high-paying, high-tech jobs.

“As I have always said, the jobs of the new knowledge economy will not go to the places with the richest resources or the richest lands, but to those with the richest minds,” he said. “Through these grants, and programs like our ‘Bucks for Brains’ research trust fund, we intend to make West Virginia fertile ground for researchers and the great minds of tomorrow.”

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission administers the RCF, as well as grants for research from E&A and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Paul L. Hill, the commission’s vice chancellor for science and research, said, “The fact that we have all these student researchers here at the Capitol today, presenting their work, is an indication of the breadth and depth of young talent across the state. The grants presented today will help our colleges and universities prepare these young scientists for careers in high-tech fields, and to make significant contributions to solving some of the greatest technological and healthcare questions of our time.”

Grants presented by the governor today included Instrumentation Grants to fund scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories; Innovation Grants for creative improvements in scientific equipment and facilities, curriculum, classroom instruction or delivery; International Innovation Grants to support development of an international component in science, technology, engineering or mathematics programs; Summer/Semester Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) stipends and STEM Fellows Grants for graduate students. A complete list of all today’s grant recipients is on page two.
Sponsors of the Undergraduate Research Day events included the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium and WV-INBRE.

To learn more about scientific research in West Virginia or the state’s Vision 2015 strategic plan for science and technology, call (304) 558-4128 or visit www.wvresearch.org.

Instrumentation Grants
Institution                                       Amount              Principal Investigator
Concord University                          $20,000              Dr. Dana Alloway
Concord University                          $18,618              Dr. Thomas Ford
West Virginia State University          $10,000              Dr. Andrew Schedl
Wheeling Jesuit University                $14,485              Dr. Bryan Raudenbush
WVU Institute of Technology           $10,283             Dr. Didem Kivanc-Tureli
West Virginia Wesleyan College       $20,000             Dr. Joseph Wiest

Innovation Grants
Institution                                             Amount      Principal Investigator
WVU Institute of Technology                $39,730      Dr. Ufuk Tureli
West Virginia Wesleyan College            $40,000      Dr. Edward Wovchko     

International Innovation Grant
Institution                                              Amount      Principal Investigator
West Virginia Wesleyan College              $36,880      Dr. Luke Huggins

STEM Fellows Grants
Institution                              Amount      Principal Investigator
Marshall University                  $200,000      Dr. Richard Niles
West Virginia University           $300,000      Dr. Peter Gannett

Summer/Semester Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Stipend
Institution                                          Amount      Principal Investigator
West Virginia State University            $60,060       Dr. Katherine Harper

Contact Information

Ginny Painter
304-558-4128 x 6