Today marked the 8th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Young research talent from across the state filled the Rotunda, showcasing posters on research in areas ranging from the impact of blue green algae on muscular endurance and resolving emotional pain and trauma, to video game performance and Internet aggression.
Eighty-six college and university students from 14 West Virginia institutions were selected to present their discoveries and speak with legislators about their findings.
An awards ceremony at the Culture Center was held in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Day, recognizing nearly $600,000 in recent, competitively-funded state grants to colleges and universities to advance scientific research across West Virginia. Among the awards presented were two grants supported by interest earned on the Research Trust Fund – or “Bucks for Brains” program – as outlined by the Legislature in 2008 through the passage of Senate Bill 287.