WVU graduate student selected for fellowship

Neuroscience research is funded by Department of Defense

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bill Talkington, a graduate student in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been awarded a highly competitive National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

The American Society for Engineering Education, which administers the program on behalf of the Department of Defense, announced the 2009 class of fellows in April.

Talkington, a Ph.D. candidate, is conducting neuroscience research in WVU’s Sensory Neuroscience Research Center in collaboration with James W. Lewis, Ph.D. Lewis’ lab studies how the human brain processes sound. Researchers here have been successful in mapping structures in the brain that respond to a variety of sounds.

Bill Talkington

Talkington studied physics, engineering and mathematics as an undergraduate at Austin Peay State University in his home state of Tennessee. He first joined WVU’s neuroscience research group as an undergraduate summer intern. For two summers before he graduated from college, he combined research work at WVU with occasional trips to his grandparents’ home in nearby Buckhannon.

 His growing interest in combining engineering and physics work with biological research drew him back to WVU for graduate studies. He collaborates with scientists in the neurosciences labs and the Center for Advanced Imaging as well as the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

As a fellow, he will have his tuition and fees paid by the Department of Defense for up to three years, and he will earn a stipend of at least $30,500 a year. The fellowship program is also a key pathway to future research opportunities in the Department of Defense and elsewhere. 

For information on the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship see

For information on the WVU Center for Neuroscience see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/index.asp

For information on WVU summer internships in neuroscience see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/suri/index.asp.




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
xx: 4-24-09

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