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Welcome to our community for improving STEM persistence in rural first-generation college students.


The Sharpening the Vision Conference was a great success!

Thank you to STEM leaders from all across the state who participated in conference this  week! You were great!

  • Sixteen Higher Education Institutions were represented. Wow!
  • We had our first WV Business and Industry panel at this Conference.  Thank you to all who participated!
  • We were pleased to welcome K-12 teachers and administrators, and representatives form the WV Department of Education.

You can register as a First2 Network member on this site to gain access to conference materials.

Student Opportunities for First Generation STEM Majors

The First2 Network believes  that STEM majors should be able work within their STEM field while in college rather than taking on unrelated jobs that steal time away from the college experience.  We have some opportunities to jumpstart your authentic STEM research experience as a rising freshman, AND offer continued support doing research or vital work to improve STEM education systems in West Virginia:

  • We have summer internship opportunities for rising college freshmen! Here’s a direct link to the application for a two-week 2019 Summer Research Internship for rising college freshmen: Two-Week Summer Internship Application
  • Interested in learning more about ALL of our opportunities for undergraduates? Check out the details here!

Other Announcements:

  • If you participated in the Sharpening the Vision conference last week, but didn’t get a chance to complete the feedback form, we want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to share your insights before May 23 by clicking on this survey link:
  • Travel support is available for participants in the First2 Network. To learn more and apply, use the following link: Travel Application Request
  • If you are not a student and you are interested in getting involved, we would love to include you. Please contact us at, or email Erica Harvey directly at
  • If you are already a registered user, be sure to check out the First2 Network group pages for additional information.