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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more