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Alumna of NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Co-founded with Her Business Partner a Foundation Aimed to Inspire Young Women to Pursue Careers in Science and Together Created a Line of Natural Hair Care Products

Owners Tashni-Ann Dubroy and Tiffani Lash

NCSU NC-MSEN PCP graduate, Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash co-founded with Dr. Tashni Dubroy the Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation (BBF) which supports the aspirations of women in scientific research and the scientific enterprise. The Foundation provides education, leadership, and mentorship opportunities for women pursuing careers in science.  It also supports the legacy of innovation, enterprise, leadership, and mentorship inspired by its founders.  For more information about their Foundation, please visit

Both Dr. Lash and Dubroy have a doctorate degree in chemistry from North Carolina State University.In graduate school the two founders created a line of natural hair care products called Tea and Honey Blends.  Please visit their company website ( for more information.  Dr. Lash has been featured in Business week, Money and Cosmopolitan Magazine. An article about their hair care products and Foundation was recently featured on



Alumna of UNCC NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Earned a Recognition for Her Work by Starting a Nonprofit Organization named BeautyGap


Amber Koonce, an alumna of UNCC NC-MSEN PCP and a Morehead Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill, was being recognized as one of American’s Top role models for her work. Please see the article that featured her.



Alumna of NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Pursuing Groundbreaking Computing Research as a CIFellows


NC-MSEN PCP alumna, Dr. Tamara Clegg, who participated at the NCSU PCP site and was the keynote speaker at our 2nd P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Banquet in 2009, was a Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows).  CIFellows Project was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It was established to provide Ph.D.s in computer science and allied fields exciting one- to two-year opportunities at universities and industrial research labs.  A key goal was to retain these bright young graduates in research and teaching during the economic downturn. A total of 60 CIFellows were funded in 2009, followed by 47 others in 2010.

As a CIFellows, Dr. Tamara Clegg was pursuing groundbreaking computing research in areas like learning, biology, sustainability, and journalism, etc.  Dr. Tamara Clegg received her B.S. from North Carolina State University in 2002 and her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Computing in 2010.  As part of her dissertation work, she was a co-creator of a life-relevant learning program, Kitchen Science Investigators, and supporting technology.  She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland’s iSchool.  Dr. Clegg’s research was focused on developing technology to support life-relevant learning environments where children engage in science in the context of achieving goals relevant to their lives.  She was using participatory design with children to develop these new technologies. She was featured on CNN about her Kitchen Science Investigators.  In summary, her work included creating new life-relevant learning environments to understand how identity development happens across these environments. From this analysis, she aimed to draw design guidelines for life-relevant learning activities and technology in various contexts (e.g., sports).

Dr. Tamara Clegg was featured on:

Kitchen Science Investigators in the NY Times Jan. 4, 2009


Alumna of NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Attended Summer Program at Washington University



Ninecia Scott was accepted into the Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMed RAP) at Washington University and the NSF funded Cellular and Developmental Biology Apprenticeship Program (CD-BioRAP), which was a 10-week summer research program for exceptional students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. These programs were designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological and biomedical sciences.

As a BioMedRAP/CD-BioRAP participant, Ninecia had the following opportunities:



Alumna of Fayetteville State University (FSU) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Served as "Chancellor for the Day"



Ms. Kristy Mitchell, a 2007 FSU NC-MSEN PCP alumna, was selected as FSU’s “2009 Chancellor for the Day.” In describing her recent leadership experience she states, “It’s a great opportunity to walk in the shoes of the Chancellor and see through the eyes of a great leader.” Upon high school graduation, Kristy received a scholarship to attend FSU and was majoring in Mathematics.  Kristy was the second NC-MSEN PCP graduate to be selected for the prestigious university honor. Mr. Matthew Wynn, FSU PCP Class of 2005, was selected to serve as the “2008 Chancellor for the Day."



Alumnus of UNC Charlotte (UNCC) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Earned Prestigious Honor Award


Jeremy Feaster and his classmate, Dusty Watts, getting ready to board the plane to London.

Jeremy Feaster, a graduate of the UNCC NC-MSEN PCP and Harding High School, was selected to spend eleven weeks studying at Worcester College at Oxford University. During the summer study abroad program, he earned 12 college credits and enjoyed traveling in Paris, Germany and Italy. Jeremy was most noted for his high school research that focused on a water purification system for Third World countries, which resulted in numerous awards and recognition.

Jeremy attended Georgia Institute of Technology with a major in Engineering. After completing only one year at Georgia Tech, he had earned sufficient credits to be classified as a junior. Jeremy also was selected as Georgia Tech’s keynote speaker for the 2009 Freshman Convocation.  This prestigious honor is awarded to only a few students who have distinguished themselves as academic scholars. 

Jeremy Feaster was featured on:

Jeremy's Convocation in Technique
University City Magazine featured Jeremy



Alumnus of Fayetteville State University (FSU) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Gave Back to Community

Derrick Raphael


Derrick Raphael, FSU NC-MSEN PCP alumnus, who was also a graduate at Princeton University, gave forty students at Pine Forest and nearby schools in Fayetteville, NC a support system so they could learn how to pursue and reach goals.



Alumnus of UNC Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Received
Exceptional Academic Achievement

Patrick Hines

Dr. Patrick Hines, alumnus of UNC-CH NC-MSEN PCP, was the first African American male to complete the MD/PhD Program at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He received his PhD in Pharmacology.  Dr. Hines was a Chairperson Emeritus for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and a graduate of Hampton University's School of Science.