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Student Reflects on Robotics Research Experience

Karan Sah, from Lexington South Carolina, is a junior at West Virginia University majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Karan is actively involved on campus as a researcher, an administration assistant for the Physics department, and as the SolidWorks CAD Modeling Lead on the WVU Robotics team. I met with Karan inside a laboratory at the Engineering Research Building on the Evansdale campus where he and the WVU Robotics research team are currently working on innovating projects and preparing for upcoming robotic competitions. 

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Students of Color Empowered through Research

by Mya Vannoy, Undergraduate Research Ambassador  

As youths, we are often told to go to college and get a degree, but seldom are we told what to do once we get here. The cliché stories of black and brown students overcoming poverty and discrimination to graduate high school and go to college are always told, but what happens to these students when they are finally “living their dream?” We come to college only to be the only black person in a biology lecture of 200 people and to cringe at our professors calling our ancestors red Indians. Students of color at predominately white universities have to endure a sense of isolation that can be detrimental to our well-being and, therefore, our education. Our strong sense of determination can end up being lost throughout our struggles of balancing schoolwork, jobs, family, and being different from our peers. Without this drive, students can end up wondering where they fit into the grand scheme of college and if it’s even the right decision for them. 

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