AT&T Provides $10,000 in Support of Research Rookies Program at WVSU

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
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Nov. 11, 2016
AT&T Provides $10,000 in Support of Research Rookies Program at WVSU
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) and the West Virginia State University Foundation (WVSU Foundation) today received a $10,000 donation from AT&T to support the University’s Research Rookies Program. 

AT&T has supported seven Research Rookies positions in the past three years, including WVSU students Kya'Achia Atkins and Tat'ana Dillard Sims for this academic year.

Designed for highly motivated students with a strong commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, the WVSU Research Rookies Program provides freshman and sophomore students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research, explore their intended major, develop relationships with faculty and cultivate critical thinking skills.

Ultimately, the program objective is to improve the retention of promising, high-achieving first-year students— particularly first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority students—by providing the academic and social support necessary to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to the sophomore year of college.

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