Dr. Charles Woolston, a renowned champion in developing programs to assist minority students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will speak at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in West Virginia Universitys Mountainlair Rhododendron Room.

The Meyerhoff Scholarship Program at UMBC : Achieving Academic Excellence and Diversity in Science, Engineering and Mathematicsis sponsored by The WVNano Initiative and The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at WVU . The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Woolston, a senior associate with The Implementation Group and the former vice provost of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, supervised the nationally acclaimed Meyerhoff Scholarship Program designed to increase the number of African Americans pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and technology. The program is cited repeatedly as one of the most successful programs in the nation in graduating underrepresented minorities in science and technical areas.

Woolston has also worked with teams reviewing the National Science Foundations Statewide Systemic Initiative in several states. He regularly reviews grant proposals being submitted by colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The WVNano Initiative is an interdisciplinary faculty-led effort started in 2004 housed in the office of the vice president for research and economic development at WVU .

WVNanos primary objective is to improve the research environment and diversify West Virginias economic base through cultivation and growth of vigorous research in targeted areas of nanoscale science and engineering.

WVU LSAMP has been awarded a joint NSF grant with 10 other higher education institutions in Kentucky and West Virginia to increase opportunities for minorities in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The two groups are spearheading the implementation of a new program at WVU geared to minority students interested in the STEM disciplines.

The goal of the WVNano education component and the LSAMP program is to make a significant contribution to the attainment of a diverse, internationally competitive, and globally-engaged workforce of scientists, engineers, and well-prepared citizens.

For more information, contact Christie Zachary, WVNano, 304-293-8281.