Hometown: Wheeling, WV Major: elementary education Big Accomplishment: published a children's book, "Shelly on the Seashore" Internship: AmeriCorps Energy Express mentor WVU Groups: Campus Light, Newman Club, Wishmakers on Campus
Hometown: Glen Mills, PA Major: business administration WVU Groups: Honors College
"One of the selling points for me was WVU's huge alumni base. I also didn't want to go to a school where I was a number. Here, there's a liberal arts feel and many different connections and options for students."
Hometown: Charleston, WV Major: mechanical engineering and Russian studies Big Accomplishment: First known student in WVU history to be awarded three different prestigious scholarships - Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, David L. Boren Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship Study Abroad: China, Russia, Bahrain Internship: Aramco Services Co. in Houston, TX WVU Groups: Engineers Without Border, Student Government Association
Hometown: Clarksburg, WV Major: fashion design and merchandising WVU Groups: Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority Internships: design consultant for Emma Graham Designs; two internships at Michael Kors in Manhattan; one in the accessories department and another with the creative director of accessories
"In fashion design, it is truly all about experience and connections. Being an intern at Michael Kors was such a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as a designer for my future goals."
Hometown: Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia Major: psychology WVU Groups: Women's Tennis Team
Growing up in the Republic of Georgia, Irinka never heard of West Virginia University. Now, WVU is changing her life in many ways -- from education to tennis.
"I wanted an education and I wanted to play tennis. At first, I worried about starting a new life. There was fear. But now I realize it's helped me become more independent."
Hometown: Beckley, WV Major: medicine; 2012 chemistry graduate Research: As an undergraduate, John worked with his faculty advisor, Dr. Kung Wang, to search for a chemical compound to create a carbon nanotube for delivering treatments to patients or removing something harmful from a patient. WVU Groups: Honors College, Mortar Board honorary, Phi Lambda Upsilon chemistry honorary
"To be a Mountaineer means that I am not only part of the University, but also part of our state and our rich traditions and history. I came to WVU because it was my home-state university, and I grew up loving it."
Hometown: Charleston, WV Major: biochemistry and philosophy Big Accomplishments: WVU Foundation Scholarship, which provides full tuition and fees, plus room and board and books for four years. WVU Groups: "Pride of West Virginia" Mountaineer Marching Band
"I believe a cure for Alzheimer's can be taken through a chemical approach. That's why I'm studying biochemistry at WVU."
Hometown: Hanover, PA Major: political science Big Accomplishments: one of 15 U.S. student leaders chosen for the Summer 2012 Kremlin Fellows Program in Moscow, Russia WVU Groups: president of the Student Government Association Political Science Student Government Association