West Virginia State University Honored for Commitment to Diversity by Minority Access, Inc.

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Oct. 14, 2019
West Virginia State University Honored for Commitment to Diversity by Minority Access, Inc.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. –West Virginia State University (WVSU) has been honored by Minority Access, Inc., as an institution committed to diversity. The acknowledgement was part of the organization’s 20th National Role Models Conference, held September 26-29 in National Harbor, Maryland.
The award honors WVSU’s commitment to enriching the lives of students and contributing to the strength of our nation, stressing that diversity is essential - indispensable - to providing a good education to anyone who expects to live and work in the United States or any place where they will work with, buy from, sell to, serve or live with a diverse population.
Four WVSU students presented their work during the conference’s undergraduate student research competition. Chinyere Ugwuanyi, Fatima Irfan, Ja’Keshia Peterson and Ky’Achia Atkins shared their hands-on, experiential research projects with other student researchers from across the nation.
“I am honored to have been chosen alongside three other students to represent West Virginia State University at the Minority Access 20th Annual Research Competition,” Ugwuanyi said. “The most important thing I learned from watching all the other students present was that it is not just okay to know your material and what you are working on, but to also be interested in it and have an interest in finding a solution for the problem your research might be trying to address.” 
The students gave the following presentations at the event.
  • The effects of GPER1 activation on progestin receptor gene expression - Ky’Achia Atkins
  • Continued taxonomic investigations on cestode species of the anthocephaliidae - Fatima Irfan
  • Degradation of single-use plastics using Pleurotus ostreatus - Ja’Keshia Peterson
  • Detecting genes from the nitrogen biogeochemical cycle in Kanawha River sediment - Chinyere Ugwuanyi
Minority Access, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists academic institutions, government and private agencies, and corporations in diversifying their campuses and work sites.
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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