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WVU Engineering Program Gets $599K Boost

A picture of two young men looking at computers during an engineering class at West Virginia University.
West Virginia University’s engineering program will receive more than half a million in federal research dollars.
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On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced $599,999 for an engineering education research project at West Virginia University. The funding comes from a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

The project involves examining different learning techniques in engineering curricula to improve student performance and improve retention rates in associated academic fields.

Manchin said the engineering education research project will bolster academic success and help retain students in the engineering disciplines.  

The U.S. National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that promotes science and engineering in all 50 US states and territories. 

Investments account for around 25 percent of federal support to colleges like WVU for basic research.