The Science and Research Council was established by the West Virginia Legislature in 2009 with the passage of House Bill 3229.

The goal of the Science and Research Council is to increase the capacity of the state and its colleges and universities to attract, implement and use cutting-edge, competitive research funds and infrastructure. Members of the council provide expertise and policy guidance to the state regarding federal and state programs including EPSCoR, the Research Challenge Fund, and the former Research Trust Fund. Representatives of government, industry, business and academia make up the council.

The Science and Research Council meets two times per year or more as needed to review division activities.

Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Ph.D. (Chair)
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Charleston, W.Va.

Juliana Serafin, Ph.D.
Senior Director
STaR Division: Science, Technology & Research
Charleston, W.Va.

James Bailey
Cabinet Secretary
West Virginia Department of Commerce
Charleston, W.Va.

Anne Barth
Former Executive Director
Charleston, W.Va.

Michele Blatt
State Superintendent of Schools
West Virginia Department of Education
Charleston, W.Va.

Jason Best, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Strategic Partnerships & Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, W.Va.

John “Jack” Dever, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President
South Charleston, W.Va.

Micheal Fultz, Ph.D.
Associate Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemistry
West Virginia State University
Institute, W.Va.

Sally Hodder, M.D.
Associate Vice President for Clinical & Translational Science
West Virginia University
Morgantown, W.Va.

Fred King, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
West Virginia University
Morgantown, W.Va.

John Maher, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Marshall University
Huntington, W.Va.

Maura McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
West Virginia University
Morgantown, W.Va.

Michael Norton, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Marshall University
Huntington, W.Va.

Rachel Roberts
Site Logistics Leader and Manufacturing Production Leader
The Dow Chemical Company
Charleston, W.Va.

Uma Sundaram, M.D.
Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Marshall University
Huntington, W.Va.