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6 Feb

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ annual Certificate of Achievement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the West Virginia University Mountainlair Blue Ballroom. This event recognizes arts and sciences majors who have completed 45 or more credit hours at WVU and have obtained an overall GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Approximately 400 students and their families have been invited to attend this year’s event. A reception will follow the ceremony.

At the ceremony, students will receive a certificate of achievement for academic excellence from Dean Robert Jones, and be invited to apply for the Eberly Scholar award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“This is the College’s most prestigious undergraduate award, reserved for the best students in the Eberly College,” Valerie Lastinger, associate dean for undergraduate studies and chair of the scholarship committee said. “Only students who qualify for a certificate of achievement are eligible to be considered for an Eberly Scholar award.”

Through the leadership of the College’s Advisory Committee, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences established a scholarship program in 1988. As part of the program, up to 25 merit-based undergraduate scholarships have been awarded each academic year since 1989.

In addition to their scholarship, Eberly Scholars receive a special, personalized bronze medallion.

Last year’s recipients include majors in numerous arts and sciences disciplines: Tonia S. Ahmed, chemistry and mathematics; Caroline D. Bailey, political science and international studies; Julie M. Button, chemistry and forensic and investigative sciences; Jessica A. Carr, chemistry and mathematics; Amanda D. Delligatti, biology; Rachel M. DeRoos, psychology; Janise S. Domingue, regents bachelor of arts; John W. Hall, biology; Heather V. Hill, history and religious studies; Chelsea L. Hodgkins, international studies and geography; Joseph E. Malone, chemistry; Miranda R. Miller, social work; Nainika Nanda, biochemistry/chemistry; Darrin E. Nichols, biology; Michael J. Niemann, biology; Emily R. Orlikoff, French and animal and nutritional sciences; Alexandra V. Palmer, political science and history; James F. Scheidler, biology; Leah M. Skrypek, German and secondary education; Richard S. Stefancic, biology; Christian J. Thomas, geography; Jonathan M. Turner, chemistry; Michael A. Urban, history; Robert W. VanDervort, physics and mathematics and Katrina M. Weimer, forensic and investigative sciences and biology.

For more information about the invitation only ceremony or the Eberly Scholar application process, contact Brenda Riggle at 304-293-9205 or

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