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Class of 2022 Learning Lab II Preparation – Mass Incarceration

Class of 2022 Mission/Focus During Learning Lab II, the Class of 2022 will focus on the leadership demonstrated in many different aspects of reform in relation to mass incarceration. They will analyze the proposed reforms to the policies that created mass incarceration as well as efforts to mitigate the harsh impacts throughout many communities, especially the disproportionate impacts on poor and racial minority communities. They hope to learn the variety of steps national leaders are taking to reform our criminal
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Jada Hester ’20 looks at the wage gap as a WomenNC Scholar

Jada Hester ’21 was named one of ten WomenNC Scholars from across the state. WomenNC is a local non-profit committed to finding solutions to advance women’s human rights and gender equality. As part of the program, Hester’s research focused on the wage gap among women in Durham, North Carolina — specifically, the disparity between pay for white and non-white women. She was also afforded the opportunity to participate in the Juanita M. Bryant United Nations Commission on the Status of
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Park Scholars Host Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society Featuring Nicole Lurie

North Carolina State University’s Park Scholarships Classes of 2020 and 2021 will host the second Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society, featuring internationally-renowned health services researcher and health policy expert Dr. Nicole Lurie on Monday, September 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Duke Energy Hall. The lecture, “Reaching the Other Side: Lessons from the Intersection of Medicine and Policy”, will immediately be followed by a reception, with both events being free and
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An Apple Tree Grows in the Park Community

The Park Scholarships prepares scholars for a variety of paths in life. Sometimes, though, those paths overlap. Currently, four Park alumni from different classes have at least one thing in common: they all work for Apple. Discover how the Park Scholarships helped prepare them for their different roles at a groundbreaking and innovative company. Ricky Bloomfield ’02 Start date: November 2016 Title: Clinical & Health Informatics Lead Projects/main responsibilities: Health Records feature Veterans Affairs initiative “I wasn’t sure what I
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May 2019 Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the May 30, 2019 deadline.

Solving the Riddle of Genes

Nikhil Milind ’21, a 2019 Goldwater Scholar, is melding computer science and biology to explore links between genetics and disease. When Nikhil Milind was in sixth grade, he thought he’d be a computer scientist or software engineer — like his dad. A few years later, he began to get interested in biology. Luckily, he didn’t have to pick which subject to pursue. “I got really lucky because I came in on a wave of scientific thought that focused on computational
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Intelligent Life

From chromosomes deep in the heart of a cell to exoplanets in the farthest reaches of space, Goldwater Scholar Ana Sofia Uzsoy ’21 is doing research to help us understand the universe at every scale. Ever since Ana Sofia Uzsoy was a little girl, she’s looked to the stars with wonderment — and ambition. “I’ve always wanted to be an astronomer,” Uzsoy says. “I’ve always loved science.” That love led her to attend the North Carolina School of Science and
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Jessica Ritter ‘10 is a Force for Change

When Jessica Ritter ‘10 decided to forego veterinary school for a year after graduating from NC State, she did not know how much of an impact that decision would have on her life, or in the world. It is a decision that has led her to her current role as director of water resources and coastal policy at the National Wildlife Federation, shaping and guiding policy and advocacy work on issues ranging from clean water to national infrastructure investments and
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The Park Class of 2019: Highlights

On Saturday, May 11, the 20th class of Park Scholars graduated. Adding to a vibrant network of more than 900 alumni, the Class of 2019 has embraced the program’s pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character since the beginning. Members of the Class of 2019 have been deeply engaged in the community. Together they investigated at-risk youth and the criminal justice system in North Carolina during their Learning Lab I trip and explored the challenging dynamic between political campaigns and
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Music and Access: The Class of 2019 Legacy

Park Scholars give back – this mindset is at the core of the program’s mission and culture. Park Scholars donate their time to charities at home and abroad, serve as community leaders, and strive to use their talents to benefit others. The senior class legacy, a way for graduating Park Scholars to give something back, has become a tradition over the program’s 23-year history. As their class legacy project, the Class of 2019 partnered with the Town of Clayton and
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