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Science Scholars Visit

The fifth cohort of Chancellor’s Science Scholars, CSS, arrived to campus earlier this summer and are now being familiarized with campus. One of their first stops was to visit BeAM at Murray Hall and the Kenan Science Library, to be introduced to what can be accomplished at our campus makerspaces. The cohort visited Murray Hall in two groups, each given an orientation by Drew Robertson and Joel Hopler. The groups learned about 3D printing, vinyl cutting, sewing, wood working, and laser cutting, watching various examples of creations from each discipline. The questions were many, and all students appeared eager and ready to start making that very morning. We wish them all very welcome back!

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UNC’s Chancellors Science Scholars program began as a partnership in 2011 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s, nationally recognized Meyerhoff Scholars program and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The purpose of these relationships was to diversify and provide access to jobs in the fields of STEM. As an organization the CSS works to bring awareness to the issues of diversity as well as provide a space where students, regardless of background, can be supported to pursue fields in STEM. They seek to maximize student success by building a community of learners who work collaboratively to succeed academically and in research. CSS also opens doors for students to experience research within and outside of the university, allowing them to be an active part of the teams of scientists addressing some of our most fundamental scientific questions.

Together, the CSS scholars are prepared to move into Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D programs after graduation, and to become part of the next generation of leaders in science and technology.

Drew Robertson introduces CSS students to the BeAM facility at Murray Hall.