Park Scholars

Jun 18, 2019

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. The Class of 2019 partnered with the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Community Recreational Foundation to work on Harmony Playground, an inclusive park intended to foster fun and friendship among children of all abilities.

Jun 18, 2019

Former Park Scholar Jessica Ritter is a Force for Change

When Jessica Ritter decided to forego veterinary school for a year after graduating from NC State in 2010, she did not know how much of an impact that decision would have on her life, or in the world. Now, the former Park Scholar serves as director of water resources and coastal policy at the National Wildlife Federation, where she guides policy and advocacy work on issues ranging from clean water to national infrastructure investments and from disaster response to coastal community resilience.

Jun 11, 2019

Intelligent Life

From chromosomes deep in the heart of a cell to exoplanets in the farthest reaches of space, Goldwater Scholar Ana Sofia Uzsoy is doing research to help us understand the universe at every scale. The Park Scholar is already part of the team in the molecular biophysics lab of assistant professor Mary Elting.

Jun 11, 2019

Solving the Riddle of Genes

Nikhil Milind, a 2019 Goldwater Scholar and Park Scholar, is melding computer science and biology to explore links between genetics and disease. Outside the lab, the classically trained violinist and pianist enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele.

May 14, 2019

Four Students Win Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

All four of NC State's nominees have been selected to receive the nation's preeminent scholarship in science, math and engineering. The group of four undergraduate students, which includes two Park Scholars and a Goodnight Scholar, share a passion for innovative research.

Apr 16, 2019

Alumni Profile: DeShawn Brown

As a student, Park Scholarships alumnus DeShawn Brown found himself looking for ways to combine his interest in computer science with his entrepreneurial passion. He formed a study group with two of his classmates, which has now become Lithios, a leading mobile application development firm in the Research Triangle, of which Brown serves as CEO and founder.

Apr 2, 2019

Two Brothers, Two Paths to Emergency Medicine

Park Scholars create their own college experiences based on their values and interests, and no two scholars’ journeys are the same. Brothers Stanley '05 and Peyton '07 Hassinger have both found careers in emergency medicine, but they took very different routes to very different work.

Mar 26, 2019

Reflections from Pranav Kemburu ’19

As a Park Scholar at NC State, Pranav Kemburu ’19 has been able to focus on a range of experiences to enhance his undergraduate career. From study abroad to internships, and from an alternative service break to his Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI), he is well prepared for a lifelong commitment to making a positive impact in society.

Mar 19, 2019

Brain Power

Ziad Ali aims to combine electrical engineering and neuroscience to treat disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson's. The NC State senior and Park Scholar heads to California in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford thanks to a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

Mar 19, 2019

A Dream Takes Flight

Madison Maloney aspires to follow friend and mentor Christina Hammock Koch into space. Thanks to a prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, the NC State senior and Park Scholar begins graduate studies in astronautics at Stanford this fall.