Improving STEM education in West Virginia and beyond

The First2 Network is an expanding group of over 1000 people and 30 organizations working to increase the number of college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to strengthen our communities and drive an innovation economy in West Virginia and beyond. First2 focuses on rural, first-generation, low-income, and other underrepresented STEM students, making sure all our students can succeed.



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UPCOMING STEM EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our First2 Network Spring Conference is May 16-May 18, 2024 at Canaan Valley Resort.



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Cinthia Pacheco, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research at West Virginia University

“I am a first-generation and I can make a difference”. When I heard this from a group of students during the 2021 First2 Network Convening, it brought me back to my first years in College. At that time, as a first-generation student, I couldn’t have been more scared. The feeling of not belonging to that place, which no one had prepared me for, was overwhelming. It was when I met other students who, like me, were also the first in their families to go to College, that the feeling began to wear off…

“I am a first-generation and I can make a difference”. When I heard this from a group of students during the 2021 First2 Network Convening, it brought me back to my first years in College. At that time, as a first-generation student, I couldn’t have been more scared. The feeling of not belonging to that place, which no one had prepared me for, was overwhelming. It was when I met other students who, like me, were also the first in their families to go to College, that the feeling began to wear off. Being part of that small community encouraged me to seek opportunities, which ended up shaping my whole career. During my college years, I got a scholarship to participate in undergraduate research and since then, a new world of opportunities has opened to me. After getting my degree in Dentistry, Masters and PhD. in Biological Sciences I started my career as a University Professor in my home country, Brazil. Today, as an Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at WVU and part of the First2 Network I seek to create opportunities to engage students in research, particularly for those who are underrepresented and first-generation. Participating in research experiences will have a huge impact in their lives, just as it did for me. Paraphrasing the students from First2 Network, I can say today that I am a first-generation and I am making a difference!



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  • Prepare K-12 students for STEM success
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  • Collaborate to improve the STEM experience
  • Share knowledge in support of first-generation and other underrepresented STEM students

  • Strengthen STEM pathways for academic and professional success
  • Share information about STEM opportunities

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Apr 2024

Co-Chair Check-In – Apr 16 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Makeup Student Director Meeting – Apr 16 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Makeup Student Director Meeting – Apr 17 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Backbone Meeting – Apr 18 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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