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Shaping future geologists: WVU alumni couple provides opportunities through field experience

Ohio native Dan Billman has always been science-minded and had a fascination with rocks. Growing up on Lake Erie furthered his interest in rock formations, but it was a family friend and freshwater biologist who inspired Billman to pursue a career in geology.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in geology at the University of Toledo, Billman chose West Virginia University for his master’s degree. While he applied to other schools, WVU offered him financial support other universities did not.

“The faith and interest they showed in me by giving me a teaching assistantship and a stipend, paying for my education and allowing me to have a little spending money, it was always appreciated,” Billman said.

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