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Claire Shigekawa Rennhack ’08 Crafts a Career in the Emerald City

As most creative types will attest, art-making is an iterative process requiring close study and a willingness to adjust and blend ideas. Likewise, Claire Shigekawa Rennhack ‘08 has sculpted her academic and professional journey over time, ultimately discovering her niche at the intersection of engineering and architecture.

Class of 2019 Explores Challenging Dynamics between Political Campaigns and the Media

In October the Class of 2019 traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Learning Lab II experience, designed to allow sophomore Park Scholars to develop a critical understanding of a nationally-relevant topic by interacting with leaders immersed in that issue. The class chose to examine how leaders balance ethics and efficacy when navigating the relationships between political campaign organizations and the media—a particularly relevant topic in the context of the contentious 2016 presidential election.

Richa Patel ‘18 Tackles Technology Policy in State Department Internship

Richa Patel ‘18 is the first recipient of the Jenny Chang Public Policy Endowment Award. Created to honor the memory of Jenny Chang ’00, this fund supports Park Scholars pursuing public policy internships or employment in Washington, D.C. Patel, an aerospace engineering and political science double major with her sights on a career in science and technology policy, spent this past summer in our nation’s capital interning with the State Department’s Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the
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Class of 2018 Exhibits Contagious Enthusiasm for Subject of Infectious Disease

Students in the Park Scholarships Class of 2018 traveled to Washington, D.C. during their fall break for the Learning Lab II experience, designed to allow sophomore Park Scholars to develop a critical understanding of a nationally-relevant topic by interacting with leaders immersed in that issue. The class opted to explore the United States’ role in addressing infectious disease both domestically and internationally – a topic they selected nearly a year ago, when West Africa’s Ebola virus epidemic dominated the world’s
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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.

Alyson Harding ’13 Gains Archaeology Experience in Nevis, Palau, and Washington, D.C.

posted 2012.08.20 Alyson Harding ‘13 has taken full advantage of her summers since becoming a Park Scholar. Harding recently returned from Micronesia where she participated in the Island Archaeology Program. While in Palau, she worked with a team to conduct an archaeological dig at a cemetery on the Rock Islands. The site, known as Chelechol ra Orrak, is approximately 3,000 years old and is one of the oldest known cemeteries in the Pacific Islands. Harding’s daily responsibilities included organizing the
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Luke Zettlemoyer ’00 Named Assistant Professor at the University of Washington

Luke Zettlemoyer ‘00 joined the faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington this fall. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Zettlemoyer will continue his research on artificial intelligence. During his time at NC State, Zettlemoyer was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, along with the Bitzer Creativity Award, the Undergraduate Mathematics Fellowship, and the Computer Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Award. In addition, prior to his graduation, he co-authored ten peer-reviewed research
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Class of 2012 Travels to Washington, D.C. to Explore Impact of Foreign Policy on the Overseas Image of the United States

Each year, second-year Park Scholars spend their fall break in Washington, D.C. analyzing a national issue as part of a unique learning experience which extends well beyond the classroom. This October, the Class of 2012 focused on exploring answers to the following question: “How is the image of the United States overseas affected by our foreign policy?” Preparation for the experience began in the spring, when Learning Lab II committee chairs Will Cauley and Tim Dannenhoffer began working with Park
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