Promoting opportunity for graduate study at West Virginia University is the focus of the 2010 Colloquium for Aspiring Minority Doctoral students Oct. 3-5 in Morgantown.

The Colloquium, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, brings participants from throughout the Appalachian region and beyond to meet with faculty, administrators and current students.

“This event has become a great tradition for us,” said Jennifer McIntosh, executive officer of the President’s Office for Social Justice. Each year we welcome some very bright potential scholars. They come with so much energy and passion.”

President James P. Clements and Provost Michele Wheatly will welcome the students and set the tone for meetings with department chairs and other academic leaders. Chancellor Brian Noland of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will be the keynote speaker at the event, focusing on both the potential for doctoral study and the many opportunities in West Virginia.

Other presentations include financing graduate study, the many benefits of life in Morgantown, the nature of doctoral research and topics related to graduate study. A dinner reception and entertainment will also give the students an opportunity to mingle and network with others.

The program targets underrepresented, high-achieving minority students who are completing a bachelor’s degree or are currently enrolled in a master’s program.

For more information, visit or contact Constinia Charbonnette at 304-293-0173.



CONTACT: Constinia Charbonnette, Office of Graduate Education and Life