In 2016, the Park Scholarships program became the new home of the Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society, formerly housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and named for the beloved Park Faculty Scholar for the Classes of 2002, 2006, 2009, and 2011. Established by Dr. Elkan’s former students, associates, and friends in honor of his 40-year career as a microbiology professor at NC State, this lectureship supports an annual talk at NC State by a prominent thought leader.
- Class of 2025: Dr. Ruha Benjamin (March 27, 2023)
- Class of 2024: Dorothy Roberts (Nov. 7, 2022)
- Class of 2023: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni (March 30, 2022)
- Class of 2022: Thomas Hager (Oct. 1, 2020)
- Classes of 2020 and 2021: Dr. Nicole Lurie (Sep. 23, 2019)
- Class of 2019: Dr. Marc Edwards (March 21, 2017)