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BSC Students Present Biomedical Research at Annual Undergraduate Research Day at State Capitol

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    Monday, March 04 2013
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(Bluefield)--The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recently showcased research conducted by undergraduate students and recognized faculty members from colleges and universities across West Virginia. The student presentations and awards ceremony were held at the State Capitol as part of the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day.

In the morning, 100 undergraduate students from 15 higher education institutions presented research in the Upper Rotunda of the State Capitol and discussed their work with legislators and other state officials. Bluefield State College students Michael Bowling, Danielle Haynes, Brandon Kirby, and Yamilee Valmur participated in the program, spotlighting their work in biomedical research.

In the afternoon, Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, the Commission's Chancellor Paul Hill, and the Commission's Director of Research Programs Jan Taylor presented grant awards from West Virginia's Research Challenge Fund and Research Trust Fund, also known as "Bucks for Brains," at the Culture Center.

Governor Tomblin applauded the student research presentations and faculty research grants. "We, as a state, must continue to focus on economic development opportunities that develop and maintain a culture of innovation leading to further creation of high-skill, high-wage jobs for today's students and tomorrow's workforce," said Governor Tomblin.

Undergraduate Research Day is an annual event held at the State Capitol to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of research that is being conducted by faculty and students across the state's higher education system. Sponsors include the Commission's Division of Science and Research; Marshall University including the Expansion of STEM Doctoral Education Program; Marshall Health; and West Virginia University including the Office of Graduate Education and Life.