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MORGANTOWN, WV -

West Virginia University has recognized two faculty researchers and two graduate students with 2013 Women in Science and Engineering Awards.

In its second year, the WVU WiSE Awards support faculty initiatives and student scholarships with the goal of helping women successfully navigate careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The honorees are Jennifer Hawkins, Amy Weislogel, Alison Sears and Nicole Shamitko-Klingensmith.

Hawkins, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, and Weislogel, an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, each won $3,750 to pursue research. 

Sears, a graduate student in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Shamitko-Klingensmith, a graduate student in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, each were awarded $1,250 to support their work.

Hawkins will use the award to assist in the discovery of plant genes and gene networks that promote positive plant-microbe interactions with a goal of developing environmentally friendly agricultural practices for major cereal grain crops.

Weislogel said her award will support research that potentially could aid in energy exploration.

Sears will use her award funds to attend the American Geophysical Union's 46th annual fall meeting in San Francisco. During the conference, she will deliver research results targeting the improvement of water supply and land use of reclaimed surface mine sites in Appalachia.

Shamitko-Klingensmith plans to use her funding to attend the 58th annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Francisco. There she will have the opportunity to present her research findings related to the development of Alzheimer's disease.