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Five WVU students named prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Two Eberly College students have joined an elite group of researchers who’ve been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a program aimed at supporting graduate education in STEM-based fields.  

Courtney Glenn — A chemical reaction

After earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Alabama, Courtney Glenn knew the next logical step was WVU. It was the only place, she said, that encouraged her to pursue independent research in two of her top fields of interest — organic chemistry and chemical education.

Since arriving, she’s worked on two projects, one being part of assistant professor Margaret Hilton’s research group in the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Hilton’s team focuses on providing an innovative, streamlined approach to organic synthesis and drug discovery, which could improve human health among the general population.

Ashley Martsen-Poulin — The sky’s the limit

Ashley Martsen-Poulin spends her time looking for variations in the shape of pulses seen from pulsars, which are magnetized rotating neutron stars that emit beams of radiation.

Those endeavors aided in a cosmic breakthrough showing evidence of low-frequency gravitational waves in 2023. That result emerged from 15 years of data acquired by the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, or NANOGrav, of which Martsen-Poulin is a member.

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