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Evan Brooks ‘18 Makes Early Strides Toward a Career in Research and Teaching

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.

February Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the February 1, 2016 deadline.

Leslie Scheunemann ‘01 Blends Science and Ethics to Provide Compassionate Patient Care

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.

Park Scholar Media Mentions

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:

Leanne Nieforth ‘16 Changes Career Goals While Changing the Lives of At-Risk Girls

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.

November Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the November 1, 2015 deadline.

Toilet Reinventer BJ Ward ‘09 Travels the World in Pursuit of Renewable Energy

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).

May Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the May 30, 2015 deadline.

April Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the April 1, 2015 deadline.

Mia de los Reyes ’16 Researches Galaxies Far, Far Away

This story by Sam Roberson, staff writer for The Technician, was originally published in The Technician on March 17, 2015. The exchange of knowledge through time is characterized by the allusion of “The Great Conversation.” In the scientific community, the process of discovery and adding to this “conversation” can at times feel more like a great argument. Mia de los Reyes ’16, a junior studying both math and physics, found this was the case when she embarked on a research assignment on galaxy evolution
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