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Student Staff

The following students are currently working with WRI as undergraduate or graduate student workers. WRI offers many exciting and unique student positions. Continue to check back on our opportunities page to see current student worker or staff openings!
Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson is a sophomore majoring in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. During the summer of 2023, Sarah completed the SURE program with WVWRI. Under this program, she completed and presented research on Monongahela River water quality as part of the 3RQ program. Currently, she assists with field and lab work, creating infographics, writing, research, and data analysis. Sarah is also completing WVU’s Research Apprenticeship Program and hopes to continue environmental research during her career at West Virginia University.

Ella Hardman

Ella Hardman is an undergraduate student worker at the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. She assists with outreach activities, such as aiding in the organization of conferences and events, as well as designing graphics for websites and social media. Ella is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Psychology. She is a West Virginia native and is looking forward to helping the community through her work at the NBAC.

Adam Gratton, student worker WVWRI

Adam Gratton is in his junior year in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. As a student worker for WVWRI, he assists with the Three Rivers QUEST program, including data entry and developing biweekly newsletters. During his freshman year, Adam completed WVU's Research Apprenticeship Program with WVWRI.
Jacob Morris

Jacob Morris is graduate student worker for WVWRI working toward a Master of Science degree in Energy Environments. Jacob previously worked as an undergraduate student worker and SURE student for WVWRI while obtaining a bachelor's degree in Energy and Environmental Resource Management with a minor in Economics. He assists with field work, data management, and supporting WRI's carbon sequestration project
Jolie Mongeau

Jolie Mongeau is a senior at West Virginia University studying Environmental Soil and Water Science with a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. In addition to her studies, she has interned at an environmental consulting company outside of Philadelphia, Pa., worked as a greenhouse assistant at the Evansdale greenhouse, and was a student leader for the E3 Summer Camp (Energy, Environment and Excitement) hosted by WVU. Currently, she is employed as a Water Research and Remediation student worker at WVWRI. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree at West Virginia University and continue doing research.

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Chayce Hill is a freshman from Preston County, West Virginia that is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical engineering and a minor in Photography.  Currently, He works as a lab assistant to aid in the day-to-day operations in lab and on site. He often enjoys the chance to photograph nature and West Virginia’s environment. He hopes to continue pursuing chemical research opportunities with WVWRI.

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Haley Paul is a senior double majoring in Political Science and International Studies, and minoring in Agricultural and Natural Resources Law. She is a student worker at the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center, where she assists in promoting and supporting educational endeavors and outreach efforts. Haley has previously worked for the WVU Office of Sustainability and as a Sustainable Development Intern for the WVU Center for Resilient Communities. She looks forward to contributing to the mission of the NBAC.
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Colin Street is a freshman pursing majors in Political Science, Environmental & Energy Resources Management, and History as well as a minor in Data Science. While coordinating logistics and organizing workflow for the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center, he is also in the process of evaluating the feasibility of solar energy implementation on the WVU campus as apart of the Research Apprentice Program. A Morgantown native, Colin hopes to use his experience as a student worker to make a positive change on communities throughout West Virginia and beyond!
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Nick Marino is a graduate research assistant for WVWRI pursuing a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from WVU in 2018. After graduation, he worked with SNF Holding Company for five years before returning to graduate school. SNF is a global water-soluble polymer manufacturer. Nick worked in the mining department with the direct sales and technical support group, where he managed multiple existing coal mining accounts, supported customer’s application concerns and technical difficulties, and assisted in new product trials/new business acquisitions. Nick was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV. He loves coaching youth football with his brothers, playing golf, hunting and fishing, picking around on the guitar, and spending time with his family. He is especially excited about being able to contribute to a cleaner environment and the advancement of engineering practices due to WVWRI’s research and positive impact.

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Mackenzie Ramsey is a senior in the Environmental and Community Planning major. She is a student worker with the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU. She has a background in community redevelopment, watershed assessment, and spatial analysis. As a West Virginia native, Mackenzie is excited to assist communities around the state with the technical processes involved in redevelopment.