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Research Day Spotlight: William Way

William Way, Sport and Exercise Psychology doctoral student, participated in the CPASS 2018 Student Research Day. Way won first place in the Graduate Ethics category. For most students, research can sound intimidating, but Way has a view on research that many admire.

During the event held in April, students from both graduate and undergraduate programs exhibited research for faculty review. Even though Way was presenting his own research, being a WVU doctoral student has given him the opportunity to teach a few undergraduate courses.

“It was amazing to see some of my former students presenting their research. Watching their growth and progression into the field is so exciting for me,” Way explained.

Way credits most of his success to his CPASS mentors and advisors who have encouraged him through the research learning process. Way is also a master’s student in counseling and says that his first advisor, Dr. Justine Vosloo, inspired him to get involved with research. “She encourages her students to think deeply and critically about topics that interest them,” he said.

According to Way, CPASS faculty encourage students to strive for success. “I think that getting supervised research experience during my master’s degree prepared me well for the WVU doctoral program,” he added.

Faculty encourage students to participate in research. Way says that although many classes require intensive investigation, students should understand that it’s achievable. “I would encourage students to get involved with research because it provides an opportunity to explore ideas and topics that generate a sense of passion and purpose,” said Way.

Way’s success is a positive example for students interested in learning more about research and developing a professional network throughout various fields. “Ultimately, whether it’s conducting or consuming research, getting involved keeps you on the cutting edge of your field,” Way said.
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