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A Letter to Our Alumni

Dear Friend, 

Maura McLaughlin

As the Department Chair of WVU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, I’d like to express our sincere appreciation for your support over the years. Donations from alumni, industry partners, and friends are so critical to enabling the success of undergraduate and graduate students. Through your support, we have witnessed countless success stories of WVU physics and astronomy students who have gone on to conduct groundbreaking research across a diverse range of fields and contribute to the scientific community through publications in high-quality journals, presentations at national and international meetings, and even patents. Your contributions have not only aided these students financially but have also instilled a sense of confidence and belief in their potential. 

As we look to the future, we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. With your continued support, we aim to expand our scholarship program, provide more research opportunities, and equip our students with the tools they need to make meaningful contributions to the field and to the state of West Virginia. Please consider joining us to provide more deserving students with scholarships! 

Support Physics and Astronomy Students

If you have any questions, would like to learn more about our department's initiatives, or are interested in visiting our department and meeting our amazing students, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at You can also reach our main department office at (304) 293-3422. 

Thank you for your interest in our department and our work! We look forward to working with you to make a difference in student lives. 


Maura McLaughlin

Maura McLaughlin
Chair and Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
West Virginia University