Jada Hester ’20 Looks at the Wage Gap as a WomenNC Scholar
Jada Hester, a member of the Park Scholarships class of 2020, was named one of 10 WomenNC Scholars from across the state. As part of the program, Hester, who is majoring in business administration and international studies, conducted research focused on the wage gap among women in Durham — specifically, the disparity between pay for white and nonwhite women.
Edgington Named Park Scholarship Faculty Scholar
Cyndi Edgington, a teaching assistant professor of STEM education at the College of Education, has been selected as a Park Faculty Scholar for the Park Scholarships program. She will work with the incoming class of Park Scholars by guiding enrichment activities and advising students.
Park Scholars Host Nicole Lurie for Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society
NC State's Park Scholarships Classes of 2020 and 2021 will host the second Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society, featuring internationally-renowned health services researcher and health policy expert Dr. Nicole Lurie. The lecture, “Reaching the other side: lessons from the intersection of medicine and policy,” will take place Monday, Sept. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in James B. Hunt Jr. Library's Duke Energy Hall and will be followed by a reception. Both are free and open to the public.
Park Enrichment Grants Awarded
Several Park Scholars will enjoy extraordinary experience in the coming months thanks to Park Enrichment Grants awarded in June. The grants support students in the pursuit of professional and personal enrichment experiences in the United States and abroad, and they are designed to develop scholarship, service, leadership and character.
An Apple Tree Grows in the Park Community
The Park Scholarships program prepares scholars for a variety of paths in life. Sometimes, though, those paths overlap. Four Park alumni from different classes all have at least one thing in common: They work for Apple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.