Welcome to the Microgravity Research Program at West Virginia University. We are a team of undergraduates with two goals: completing novel research that is relevant to NASA, and promoting the benefits of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to local communities.
Every year, NASA provides college undergraduates with an opportunity to experience the weightlessness, or "microgravity", that Astronauts do on missions to space. To participate, students must submit a detailed proposal to conduct scientific experiments in microgravity. The design is reviewed by a team of NASA scientists and engineers, and if it is accepted, then the students build, test, and load it aboard a special aircraft designed to simulate weightlessness. The experiment design team spends one week in Houston at the NASA Johnson Space Center, during which the experiment is tested in microgravity.