Thursday, May 23, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation 304-746-1964

Faculty and students awarded 13 grants from NASA consortium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University faculty members and students have been awarded 13 grants totaling $107,000 for aerospace-related research and educational programs.

The grants from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium support projects of scientific interest to NASA. The projects funded at Marshall range from a study to explore how obesity affects bone health to a grassroots outreach program showcasing 3-D printing technology.

The awards fall into five categories. Faculty members and students who received grants are listed below, along with the titles of their projects and the amount of each award.

Research Seed Grants to support faculty efforts to start research activities, conduct pilot experiments or demonstrate new concepts:

NASA Graduate Research Fellowship Program for graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation:

NASA Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program to provide support for undergraduate students involved in a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor:

College Course Development Program for projects to develop new and innovative science and engineering courses:

Extension and Public Outreach Program for projects to involve the public in the excitement of scientific discovery, emphasize the importance of science and engineering education, and bring the vision for space exploration to the grassroots level:

The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium includes 12 West Virginia colleges and universities and five corporate and scientific partners under the sponsorship of NASA. Members of the consortium are dedicated to enhancing the state’s competitiveness in aerospace research, education and industrial activities.


Photo:  Dr. Miaozong Wu of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy received one of 14 grants recently awarded to the university’s faculty members and students for aerospace-related research and educational programs. Wu and his co-investigators Dr. Henry Driscoll and Dr. Eric Blough will use the $10,000 award from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to explore how obesity and metabolic syndrome affect bone health. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197