You can never truly leave home. Hometowns shape us and make us into who we are as people and as professionals. Ashley Lawson’s hometown has given her a sense of purpose she never expected.
NC State faculty have played a critical role in the Park Scholarships program since its inception 20 years ago, but few faculty members have been involved with the program as heavily or in as many ways as Dr. Gerald H. Elkan, professor emeritus of microbiology.
Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.
Investigating possibilities, engaging in trial and error, cultivating relationships and resources: all are skills a researcher needs to be effective. With an eye to a career in academia, Evan Brooks ‘18 has been honing these skills since his high school days.
The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the February 1, 2016 deadline.
As a Park Scholar at NC State, Leslie Scheunemann ‘01 had no shortage of interests. She triple-majored in physics, applied mathematics, and chemistry; minored in Japanese; conducted mentored research; studied ethics independently; gave piano recitals; practiced karate; and was engaged in community service. Not only did each of these pursuits help lay the groundwork for Scheunemann’s post-collegiate life and work, they made her feel connected to something larger than herself.
The following Park Scholars and Park Faculty Scholars have received media attention in recent weeks for their entrepreneurial ventures, anthropological breakthroughs, and commitment to regional dialect preservation:
When New Jersey native Leanne Nieforth ‘16 arrived at NC State four years ago as an animal science major, she aspired to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine and eventually become an equine surgeon. Eager to build research experience, as a freshman she began working in Dr. Jack Odle’s Laboratory of Developmental Nutrition alongside senior research associate Dr. Sheila Jacobi.
The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the November 1, 2015 deadline.
Imagine a toilet that uses concentrated sunlight to heat up human waste to temperatures upwards of 300°C and turn it into sterilized charcoal. As unconventional as it might sound, this “Sol-Char Toilet” was the basis of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project on which BJ Ward ‘09 spent most of her first year as a professional research associate with the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder).