Left to right, Kaitlyn Gregg, Hannah Byxbee and Tatianna Evanisko are WVU students traveling to China this summer to participate in a two-week mining and cultural exchange program.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va.— Kaitlyn Greg, Tatianna Evanisko and Hanna Byxbee may shrug it off, but they are pioneers in West Virginia University’s long-standing partnership with the China University of Mining Technology.
The three will be the first women from WVU to participate in a two-week mining studies and cultural exchange program, joining students from more than 10 international universities at CUMT’s Nanhu campus in Xuhou in June. Students will research science, engineering and safety practices related to green energy and participate in classes about the humanities and social sciences relevant to Chinese history, policies and economy.
WVU Energy Institute staff and past CUMT participants give tips to the new students traveling to China on how to make the most of their experience and how to navigate international travel.
Gregg, a senior civil engineering major from St. Albans, said she hopes to use the engineering skills she learns to improve her home state.
WVU has been participating in CUMT’s summer program since 2015. It’s ranked as the best mining university in China.
“We’ve had a long relationship with CUMT in mining engineering and natural resources and we are pleased to send three outstanding women this year,” said Richard Bajura, director of the U.S.-China Energy Center of the WVU Energy Institute.
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