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2022-23 Eberly Scholars: Wenjuan Gu


Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Charles Town, Jefferson County WV

How did you choose your major?

I could not pick between chemistry and biology, so I picked biochemistry on a whim. As reckless as it sounds, now I cannot imagine being any other major!

  • Wenjuan Gu with Morgantown in the background
  • Wenjuan Gu in front of Woodburn Hall

How would you explain your major to a new WVU student? What advice would you give them?

Biochemistry is exactly like reading into life itself. If you have ever wondered anything about the biological world and interactions you cannot see using your eyes, biochemistry is the answer to that. My advice is frustration with the major comes frequently, but that is the fun of stepping into such a complex study. So if you are into challenges, staying in biochemistry would never be boring!

How has your major prepared you for your future career?

I want to practice medicine. Biochemistry has prepared me by teaching me that there are a lot of unknowns in the sciences, so having a critical eye is important. Biochemistry has taught me how to have a critical perspective.

How have you changed since your first year at WVU?

I have taken on more leadership roles. Throughout my leadership experiences, I have gained the experience of being able to build rapport with a diverse range of people.

What was the hardest (Eberly College) class that you loved? Why?

BIOL 310, advanced cellular and molecular biology. I love how the class, and topics, were like one huge puzzle. It was very difficult when I took the class but I fell in love with its complex nature. After that, I became a TA for the class and continued to learn more and more in the class!

What do you want others to know about you that is not on your resume?

I kickbox!

What makes you feel connected to WVU?

Everyone is friendly and it makes me feel included wherever I go.

What have been your keys to success?

Face challenges head-on.

What was your reaction when you found out you were an Eberly Scholar? How has this opportunity made a difference in your life?

I was ecstatic! This opportunity only encourages me to push more and achieve bigger things!

About Eberly Scholars

In association with the ongoing generosity of the Eberly family, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board established the Eberly Scholars program in 1988. Each year, up to 25 students majoring in the arts and sciences are designated as Eberly Scholars. They are provided with scholarship support in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement. This award is the Eberly College’s most prestigious scholarship honor for undergraduate students.   

Meet all of this year's Eberly Scholars.