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  • A Look at 10 UHP Members’ Summer Research at UNC Charlotte

    As North Carolina’s Urban Research Institution, UNC Charlotte works to provide undergraduate students ample opportunities to participate in research. This summer, ten UHP students participated in a diverse spectrum of summer research projects at UNC Charlotte. Each summer the Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS) Program provides 60 undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in one-on-one, faculty guided research and training. Another program available to students is the Charlotte Community Scholars (CCS) Program, which allows students to work with a faculty mentor and a community partner on an engaged scholarship project. Students also have the opportunity to participate in research programs specific...

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    UHP students at summer research symposium
  • Kristin Smoot conducts cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Kristin Smoot is a senior member of UHP and a Crown Scholar double majoring in Biological Sciences and Spanish. During the summer of 2017, Kristin spent 10 weeks participating in the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas-CURE Summer Undergraduate Program (CPRIT-CURE) at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, one of the top cancer institutions in the country. The program is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in cancer research and provides students the opportunity to conduct lab-based cancer research under the mentorship of MD Anderson faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

    Kristin’s primary research focus at UNC Charlotte has been cancer research, thus MD Anderson’s research in basic, translational, and clinical research drew her to participate in the program. At UNC Charlotte her research with Dr. Didier Dreau  has been...

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    Kristin Smoot
  • Tess Overton Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

    Tess Overton is a junior member of UHP and a Crown Scholar majoring in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. This spring Tess became one of three UNC Charlotte students ever to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a federally endowed scholarship and is considered the most prestigious undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater is an extremely competitive scholarship with only 240 total recipients chosen from more than a thousand applicants from colleges & universities across the nation.

    Since her freshman year, Tess has been working in the research lab of Dr. Shan Yan in the Department of Biological Sciences where she studies DNA damage response and repair. Her work in the lab...

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    Tess Overton in lab
  • Student Spotlight: Charley Fite

    Charley Fite, a senior meteorology major and member of  UHP, has participated in some unique internship opportunities during the past summers. Charley spent the summer of 2016 in Raleigh as a Forecast Meteorologist Intern at the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) through the NC Government's 'State of North Carolina Internship Program. Building upon his experience during the summer of 2016, Charley spent the summer of 2017 in Southern California interning with the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP).

    Charley’s day to day tasks at NCDAQ involved looking at meteorological models and data to analyze how weather influences air quality in NC. After gathering this information, Charley helped to write forecasts which informed the public of the air quality in their region, specifically the tropospheric ozone and particle pollution...

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    Student Spotlight: Charley Fite


Crown Scholars Program

Four year renewable merit
scholarships available to entering freshman pursuing any major in UHP.

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Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program

Four year renewable merit scholarships available to entering freshman engineering majors in UHP.

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Martin Scholars Program

Scholarships available to honors students from all categories with unmet financial need.

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University Scholarship Office

The Niner Scholars portal lists all scholarships available to entering freshman, transfer, and continuing students.

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  • Student Highlight: Sarah Crawley

    Sarah Crawley is a senior member of UHP majoring in both Japanese and International Studies. In 2016-2017, she spent a year studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Doshisha University. Ever since she was a child, she has been fascinated with traditional Japanese culture. She felt that Kyoto was the best place to take part in that culture because of the many traditional Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and villages. In addition to those things, Sarah has also been able to experience Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement), meet Geisha, meditate in a temple, attend various festivals, and learn the Japanese tea ceremony.

    Although she says the most difficult thing is being away from family, she has made many friends at Doshisha University and looks forward to meeting new Japanese exchange students at UNC Charlotte in the coming year. Sarah says, “If your goal is to master a language, definitely go for the year abroad if...

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    Sarah Crawley in Japan
  • Kendra Shaw in the running for NC’s Miss Black and Gold

    Kendra Shaw is a junior Crown Scholar and member of UHP majoring in Biology with a Psychology minor. This past spring semester, Kendra won the UNC Charlotte Miss Black and Gold title and is in the running for the state title in the fall. “I wanted to challenge myself and push beyond my comfort zone and that is what the pageant allowed me to do,” says Kendra. Her platform is centered around prevention education in healthcare, specifically safer sexual practices. Since being crowned, she has turned that platform into an organization called Project S.A.F.E.

    Through Project S.A.F.E., she has had the opportunity to work with West Charlotte High School by educating and mentoring youth about safer sexual practices that will decrease teen pregnancy and lower STD/STI rates in the Charlotte community. Winning at the state level would help Kendra to expand...

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    Kendra Shaw
  • Tyriq Evans Serves in Second Year as UTOP Mentor

    Tyriq Evans is a junior member of UHP majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education. This summer Tyriq will be serving in his second year as a mentor for the University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP). The UTOP program began in 1986 to help underrepresented students with their transition from high school to college. As part of the program, students live and take classes at UNC Charlotte during the summer. They participate in many different activities and are supported by mentors like Tyriq, who provide guidance in their transition to college.

    Tyriq first became a UTOP mentor because of the impact the program had on him as a participant. According to Tyriq, UTOP helped him to develop a family at UNC Charlotte and connected him with many other organizations and opportunities, which he has since been...

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    Tyriq Evans
  • Luke Lowry to Participate in Fulbright Summer Institute

    Luke Lowry is a junior member of UHP and a Crown Scholar majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering. Luke was recently selected as one of ten students nationwide to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute in Glasgow, Scotland. In Glasgow, Luke will study technology, innovation, and creativity at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art.

    At UNC Charlotte, Luke works as an undergraduate researcher in the Biomechanical Research Lab, where he uses electromyography to analyze muscular activity in the human body. He has also worked with fellow UHP member and Crown Scholar, Robert Jenkins to start the Biomedical Engineering Society at UNC...

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    Luke Lowry in Iceland