West Virginia State University (WVSU) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WVSU will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives. The award was presented to WVSU’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“Developing a highly diverse workforce is vital to meet the needs of tomorrow’s society,” said Dr. Micheal Fultz, a WVSU chemistry professor and faculty advisor for the University’s ACS chapter.  “We need people who can and will think outside the box of standard ideas to solve challenges in research and the health professions. West Virginia has a diverse citizenry and requires STEM professionals as diverse to serve doctors, pharmacists, dentists and research associates. These are some of the people that will help build our future economy.”

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship for underrepresented students,” said Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.

Originally from Matt Browning for West Virginia State University Communications