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.
Student Spotlight: Kaitlin Perkins
Kaitlin Perkins packed her time at NC State with extraordinary experiences. A Caldwell Fellow and Pack Promise scholar, the May graduate in biological and agricultural engineering landed sought-after internships with Johnson and Johnson Vision Care and Campbell’s Soup Company, introduced former First Lady Michelle Obama to the campus community at a 2016 event, and was a leader with the National Society of Black Engineers and Alternative Spring Break programs.
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.
Ragland Foundation to Provide Scholarships to Teachers Seeking Advanced Degrees in K-12 Reading
A $25,000 gift from the W. Trent Ragland Jr. Foundation will allow the College of Education to support a fifth cohort of teachers seeking a master’s degree in new literacies and global learning with a specialization in K-12 reading. The foundation established the Teaching and Leading Literacy Scholarship Program in 2016 and has provided scholarships of $2,000 to nearly 60 teachers who are part of the NLGL’s literacy cohort.
Aalia Shariff Named Seventh Distinguished Goodnight Award Recipient
The Distinguished Goodnight Award is presented at the end of the academic year to the undergraduate Goodnight Scholar who best embodied the core values and mission of the program through significant NC State involvement, along with a dedication to professional development, civic engagement and scholastic achievement. Research, outreach and advocacy defined the college experience of Aalia Shariff, a biochemistry and biological sciences double major with a Spanish minor who was chosen as this year's recipient.
College of Engineering Honors Outstanding Seniors
The college recognized groups of nominees in the categories of Humanities, Citizenship and Service, Leadership and Scholarly Achievement. Receiving the top 2019 Outstanding Senior Awards were Caroline Moody, Kaitlin Perkins Pranav Kemburu and Madison Maloney – all scholarship recipients.
Goodnight Spotlight: Timothy Chen
Timothy Chen graduated in May from NC State with a highlights list that includes studying abroad in Hangzhou, doing service projects in Trinidad and across North Carolina, visiting Boston, and serving on Shack-a-thon and LEGO Brick Build committees – all as part of the Goodnight Scholars Program.
Graduation to Vocation: Innovative Solutions to Wildlife Challenges
Daniel Choi graduated this month from the College of Natural Resources with a degree in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology. A University Honors Program participant, Choi said his favorite memory of being a student at NC State was working on extracurricular research projects.