Episode 27: Research Infrastructure helping students and building industry in West Virginia

Julie Serafin, Director of Science and Research at WV Higher Education Policy Commission joins Traci on today’s podcast. Julie helps faculty at higher institutions at WV obtain federal funding from NSF and other entities by connecting researchers with specific programs. She helps provide feedback on how to make the grant more successful with NSF to make sure it gets funded. Julie is specifically in charge of the West Virginia Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project.

Her office administers grants from EPSCOR to build research infrastructure in the state of WV to build industry and workforce. This includes a STEM speaker series along with a magazine to help educate the public on various topics from volcanoes, water resources in the state of WV, and gravitational wave astrophysics in the hopes to bring awareness to inspire young people.