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From Computer Science 101 to Tech Start-Up: Joy Johnson ’07 Embraces Problem Solving

In an increasingly interconnected world, we look to the innovative thinkers and technology developers to solve some of our most pervasive problems. Joy Johnson ’07 is one of these technological innovators. From her years as an undergraduate at NC State to her current research at MIT, she has been using her skill set to take inventive projects to the next level.

Class of 2017 Discusses STEM Challenges with National Leaders

The Learning Lab II experience is designed to allow sophomore Park Scholars to develop a critical understanding of a national issue – selected by the class during their freshman year – by interacting with leaders immersed in that issue. In October the Class of 2017 traveled to Washington, D.C. to examine how leaders in the public and private sectors tackle complex challenges surrounding the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from both domestic and international perspectives.

Vance Whitaker ‘03 Crosses Agriculture with Business to Breed Sweet Career

Vance Whitaker ‘03, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, graduated from NC State with degrees in horticultural science and agricultural business management. He now has what might be the sweetest job on earth: he breeds strawberries.

Harvard Bound Ian Hill ’13 Combines Science and Service

From the Triangle to Mexico, Ian Hill ‘13 has been pursuing his love of science and service to others.

Park Scholars and Alumni Receive Goldwater, National Science Foundation, and Udall Awards

posted 2012.04.11 This spring, Park Scholars and alumni were named recipients of several distinguished national scholarships and fellowships. Congratulations to Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recipients Richard Deans ‘13, Ian Hill ‘13, and Heidi Klumpe ‘13; National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Tyler Barry ‘09, Allie Landry ‘11, and Alex Schlegel ‘04; and Morris K. Udall Scholarship recipient Gretchen Stokes ‘13. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships Richard Deans, Ian Hill, and Heidi Klumpe were awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M.
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John Campbell ’11 Named UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Fellow

John Campbell ‘11 has been awarded the United Negro College Fund/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship. The fellowship is sponsored by the United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative which supports African-American students engaged in study and research in the biological and chemical sciences. Fellows are mentored by a Merck scientist and participate in two summer research internships at Merck research facilities. Campbell is an outreach advisor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and serves as co-president of the Minority
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Alumnus Seeks Excellence in Math and Science

Park alum and Excellence Fellowship recipient Mark Darby (2004) evaluates North Carolina schools. When Mark Darby (2004) entered the Education Research Methodology department in the School of Education at UNC-Greensboro last year, he did so with a unique distinction. The Shallotte native was among the youngest recipients of UNCG’s Excellence Fellowship, a $14,000 merit scholarship given to first-year doctoral students. Now in his second year of the Master’s/Ph. D. program, Mark has a research assistantship. But his focus is still
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