EPSCoR RII Track 1: Waves of the Future
The Center receives support through a Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1 (RII Track 1) award of the National Science Foundation's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
The RII Track 1: Gravitational Wave Astronomy and the Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (Waves of the Future: Capacity Building for the Rising Tide of STEM in West Virginia) established a team of researchers, consisting of astrophysicists and engineers, who are building the physical and human infrastructure in West Virginia necessary for researchers to directly detect and characterize gravitational waves. Research on gravitational wave detection takes advantage of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, WV. The project broadens participation of minorities and females in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions through continuing education workshops and scholarships. Public engagement occurs through citizen science efforts, as well as museum and planetarium displays and programs.