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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP)
Quick Overview

The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) was created by the General Assembly in 1986 with a mission to increase the pool of students, who graduate from North Carolina high schools with sufficient interest and preparation to pursue university-level majors that lead to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and teaching. Parental engagement is a central feature of the program. Students enter the multi-year academic program as rising 6th graders and are expected to re-enroll until they graduate from high school. Currently, there are 6 PCP sites, which are housed on different UNC campuses in NC. They are: Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte and Winston-Salem State University.

The 2012 annual senior survey of the NC-MSEN PCP high school seniors yielded the following results (which were findings similar to previous years): 96% of the NC-MSEN PCP high school seniors reported they planned to pursue postsecondary education; 2% had planned to join the Armed Forces; 79% reported they were accepted to attend colleges or universities in North Carolina; 65% reported they planned to pursue a STEM major, 5% to pursue a teaching major, and the remaining planned to pursue business, law, art, or other professions; 68% reported they planned to pursue advanced degrees; 54% reported they had been offered some form of scholarship, some with multiple scholarships offered. NC-MSEN PCP activities include:

1. Academic Enrichment Classes - classes that are offered daily at several of the PCP sites to middle school students
2. Academic Chapter of Excellence (ACE) Clubs - academic organizations that provide a peer support group for those interested in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematic (STEM)

3. Saturday Academy - a series of courses and field trips held at the PCP sites during the school year

3. Summer Program - academic activities that include the Summer Scholars Program and the Pre-College Research Experiences Program (PREP)
4. Academic, College, and Career Advising
5. SAT and ACT preparation classes
6. MSEN Day - a statewide annual competition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
7. Recognition and Scholarship Awards
8. PIE (Parents Involved in Excellence) Clubs - for parents to support and assist in planning program activities
9. Pre-College ACE (Academic Chapters of Excellence) clubs for high school students interested in achieving high academic performance
in science and math

10. Leadership Conference - an annual conference focused on leadership-building activities
11. Grant-funded projects such as R.O.B.O.T.S., S.P.A.C.E., P.E.R.S.I.S.T., and etc.

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2012 Major Events

 

WSSU PCP Middle Schoolers Learn Crime Fighting Techniques At Summer Camp

A cohort of rising seventh and eighth graders from NC-MSEN WSSU PCP are learning about Crime Scene Investigations at a week-long summer camp
at Winston-Salem State University. To learn more and see a news clip from Channel 14 News, please visit http://triad.news14.com/content/local_news
/660925/middle-schoolers-learn-crime-fighting-techniques-at-camp
.

 

Elizabeth City State University - Host of the 26th Annual MSEN Day

26th Annual MSEN Day
Theme: Partnering for Excellence and Innovations through STEM Education


On Saturday, April 28th, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) hosted approximately 750 talented
middle school and high school students in an exciting array of competitions at the 26th Annual
MSEN Day. This event is a highlight in the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) calendar, which
seeks to broaden the pool of students pursuing mathematics and science-based majors and careers.

NC-MSEN oversees Pre-College Program sites at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Fayetteville
State University (FSU), North Carolina State University (NCSU), University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill (UNCCH), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), and Winston-Salem State University
(WSSU). Middle school and high school students participate in year-round programs at these sites,
and students from all these locations participated in MSEN Day.

Following registration at 9:00 AM, the participants attended an opening ceremony. Opening remarks
were provided by Dr. Willie J. Gilchrist, ECSU Chancellor. Special presentation was provided by
Mr. Rodney Hawkins, ECSU PCP Foundation Board Chairman.

Following the ceremony, the students broke out into specialized teams to compete for honors in different
challenges. The afternoon award ceremony began at 1:45 PM. Opening remarks were provided by
Mr. Milton Bond, ECSU NC-MSEN Coordinator. Special musical selection was presented by
Ms. Jawuel Brown, freshman of ECSU Honors Program.. Mr. Bladen Gatling, ECSU NC-MSEN senior student
from Hertford County High School. Dr. Leon Rouson, professor of Norfolk State University and former
ECSU PCP Coordinator, was the guest speaker at the closing ceremony. Dr. Rouson, along with
Ms. Umstead, Program Assistant of NC-MSEN PCP, also presented awards to all student winners.
The overall winners for the daylong competition included the following: first place - NCSU, second place -
WSSU, and third place - UNCC. The oratorical winners were Kayla Garris from NCSU and Tabreah Tatem from
ECSU for the middle and high school competitions, respectively. Hundreds of medals, including gold, silver and
bronze were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning students and teams.
Please click to view the complete winner list of 2012 MSEN Day (in pdf). Please
also visit http://www.ecsu.edu/administration/ia/urm/headline.cfm?ID=11716 for a press release.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS To Carl Smith As A 2012 Recipient of Park Scholarship at NCSU

Carl Smith is one of the current seniors of NCSU PCP. He has won the Park Scholarship at NCSU.

Carl will graduate from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School where he is sergeant at arms in the ACE Club of NC-MSEN NCSU PCP. He is
a member of Boy Scout Troop 208, and a co-author of a research paper entitled Nanoparticle Antireflection Coatings on Glass. The research
paper was submitted to the Journal of Optics Letters. Carl plans to major in nuclear engineering and intends to conduct research in nuclear
engineering. For more information about the Park Scholarship at NCSU, please visit http://www.ncsu.edu/park_scholarships/about/index.php.

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2011 Major Events

 

 

 

2011 P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Fall Leadership Development Program

A group of NCSU P.E.R.S.I.S.T. students attending the 2011 P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Fall Leadership Development
Program at The Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC. The overnight program allowed participated students to
learn about leadership and teamwork skills, as well as to bond with one and other and create possible lifelong
friendship. The overnight program was a success based on the overwhelmingly positive verbal comments we
have received so far. Results of official evaluation will be poster later. Please click here to see a PowerPoint slide
show
that includes photos taken at the overnight program.

 

 

 

 

 

Weldon Middle School 7th Graders Students Get University Exposure by Participating in the
NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP)


A group of 7th graders from Weldon Middle School got university exposure by participating in the NCSU NC-MSEN PCP.
To learn more, please click here to read the article.

 

 

UNCCH and NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Students Received Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce that Miss Jennifer Alexandra Brown and Miss Paula-Ann Elizabeth Chin are the two 2011 recipients of the
NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Scholarship, which is generously supported by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. They were
selected as the 2011 most qualified candidates because of their exceptional academic achievement, community service, extra-curricular activities,
and NC-MSEN PCP years of participation. Miss Brown will be entering Harvard University this fall and majoring in biochemistry. Her career
goal is to become a university professor and a research scientist. Miss Chin will be entering University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall
and majoring in biology and psychology. Her career goal is to become a behavioral neuroscientist. Congratulations to both Miss Brown and
Miss Chinn for their outstanding achievements. We wish them much success in their future post secondary and career endeavors.

 

Fayetteville State University - Host of the 25th Annual MSEN Day



25th Annual MSEN Day
Theme: 25 Years of Excellence in Promoting S.T.E.M. Careers and Life Choices


On Saturday, April 30th, Fayetteville State University (FSU) hosted over 800 talented middle school and high school students in an exciting
array of competitions to celebrate NC-MSEN’s 25th annual MSEN Day. This event is a highlight in the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program calendar,
which seeks to broaden the pool of students pursuing mathematics and science-based majors and careers.

NC-MSEN oversees Pre-College Program sites at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Fayetteville State University (FSU), NC Agricultural &
Technical State University (MC A&T SU), North Carolina State University (NCSU), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCCH),
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). Middle school and high school students participate
in year-round programs at these sites, and students from all these locations participated in MSEN Day.

Following registration at 8:00 AM, the participants attended an opening ceremony. Remarks were provided by Elijah Davis and Kristy Mitchell,
FSU PCP Alumni and former FSU Chancellor’s For A Day; Dr. James A. Anderson, FSU Chancellor; Dr. Leontye L. Lewis, Dean of FSU School
of Education; Mr. Grayling B. Williams, Interim Director of FSU Math and Science Education Center (MSEC); Mr. Branten Church, Admission
Counselor of FSU Office of Admission; Dr. Leo Edwards, Former Director of FSU MSEC; and Dr. Rita L. Fuller, Director of NC-MSEN PCP.
Ms. Chenga Howard, FSU PCP Alumni also sang a beautiful song at the opening ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the students broke out into specialized teams to compete for honors in different challenges. The overall winners for the
daylong competition included the following: first place - NCSU, second place - UNCC, and third place - WSSU. The oratorical winners were
Keenen Evans from ECSU and Tabreah Tatem also from ECSU for the middle and high school competitions, respectively. Hundreds of medals,
including gold, silver and bronze were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning students and teams.
Please click to view a video of the opening
ceremony
(provide by FSU NC-MSEN PCP). Please also click to view snapshots taken on MSEN Day (in pdf). The complete winner list of 2011 MSEN
Day to be followed.


UNCCH NC-MSEN PCP Tar Heel Team Competed in the NCFIRST Regional Robotics Competition

 

 

Congratulations to UNCCH NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Robotics team for participating in the NCFIRST regional robotics competition
on April 7-8, 2011 in the Dorton Arena, Raleigh, NC. The team was featured in the WRAL news. Please click to read the news article, see the
picture and videos of their Robot (#3331)
.

Way to Go Dianne, Rebecca and the participating UNC PCP students. You made us all proud!


 

Congratulations to NC-MSEN PCP NCSU Robotics 'Dream Team' for Bringing Home the Gold -
Hosted by UNC Pembroke Robotic Olympic Games on April 2, 2011



 

The 2011 Robotic Olympic Games hosted by Jose D’Arruda at UNC Pembroke on Saturday, April 2nd was outstanding!
S tudents of our NC-MSEN PCP NCSU Robotics 'Dream Team' represented their team very well. They were scheduled to
compete in four robotic challenges; however, the team quickly worked together and designed more robotics to complete
seven total challenges. As a result, the team brought home four first place awards and two seven place awards. Below are the
team results; however, everyone was a winner!

First Place Award - 4 Winning Teams:

1. Alex Chen for the “Over the Wall Bucket Toss”
Please check out his winning design by visiting http://www.uncp.edu/chem_phy/robo/Over%20the%20Wall%20Bucket%20Toss-1.pdf

2. Daniel Nguyen and Jared Weathersby for the “Dizzy Drills”
Please check out their winning design by visiting http://www.uncp.edu/chem_phy/robo/dizzy.pdf

3. Naila Segule, Caity Caggia, Sorena Dadgar, and Katie Hutchinson for the “Collect the Cans”
Please check out their winning design by visiting http://www.uncp.edu/chem_phy/robo/collect%20the%20cans-1.pdf

4. Naila Segule, Caity Caggia, Sorena Dadgar, and Katie Hutchinson for the "Following Lines"
Please check out their winning design by visiting http://www.uncp.edu/chem_phy/robo/LineFollowingchallenges2008-4.pdf

Seven Place Award - Two Winning Teams:

1. Naila Segule, Caity Caggia, Sorena Dadgar, and Katie Hutchinson for the "Slalom"
Please check out their winning design by visiting http://www.uncp.edu/chem_phy/robo/roboslalom.pdf

2. Denise Gersch and Amber Raiford for the “Maze”
Please check out their winning design by visiting http://www.uncp.edu/chem_phy/robo/mazerun.pdf

Everyone was a winner and a team player!!! Congratulations!!

To learn more about the 2011 Robotic Olympic Games, please click to read the article (in pdf).

 

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Opens Doors of Opportunity for Students


 

The UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) sent three teams (one middle and two high school) to participate
in the National and East Coast Regional Science Decathlon Tournament held at Chewning Middle School on March 26, 2011.
Due to budget and traveling constraints from the West Coast teams, the National and East Coast Regional Science Decathlon
were combined for 2011. The students will earn both National and Regional recognition at this tournament. The National Science
Decathlon was scheduled for April 23rd in Atlanta, GA.

The Science Decathlon tournament is made up of ten Team Events and four Pilot Events. The Science Decathlon divides students
between two divisions ‘A’ (9-12th grades) and ‘B’ (6-9th grades). A Science Decathlon team consists of up to six students and up
to two alternates. This year the UNC CH NC-MSEN PCP teams consisted of five (5) students and no alternates. Students received
National and East Coast medals for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in a given Team or Pilot Event. The top three teams with the most overall
points received trophies. The UNCCH NC-MSEN PCP high school teams won 1st and 2nd place overall trophies.

There is an article in the Herald Sun (See link below) written about the National Science Decathlon and several UNCCH NC-MSEN
PCP students were featured. The pictures in the article are some of the UNCCH NC-MSEN PCP students. Please check out the article.

http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story_news_durham/12515070/article-For-National-Science-Decathlon-students---it-s-just-fun-?instance=main_article

 


 

Geard Fossett, an UNCC NC-MSEN PCP student was a 3rd Place poster winner at the North Carolina Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium (NCJSHS) that was held on March 20-21, 2011 at the UNC Charlotte Center for Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The title of his research was “Developing a Solar Energy Harvesting System
for Wireless Sensors.” For six weeks in summer 2010, Geard worked with Dr. Robert Cox in the Department of Electrical &
Computer Engineering on the campus of UNC Charlotte.

Congratulations to Geard!

To learn more about NC JSHS, please visit http://education.uncc.edu/cmste/jshs/.

 

UNCC NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Student Won State Award
at the 2011 NC Regional INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair

UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN PCP student, Gabrielle Nortey, won 2nd place for the NA American Water Works Award at the
2011 NC Regional INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. She was recognized in the Charlotte Observer for her
award and being part of the State Science Fair. Please click to see the newspaper clip. (in pdf format)

 

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Opens Doors of Opportunity for Students


The NC MSEN NCSU PCP was featured on Time Warner’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) segment. It was a 5 minute segment.
Please click here to see the clip or the Weblink provided below.

http://triangle.news14.com/content/connect_a_million_minds/635745/students-give-up-their-weekend-to-learn-science-and-math

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2010 Major Events

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Opens Doors of Opportunity for Students

ECSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) students are featured on the ECSU website during the week of November 22, 2010.
Please visit ECSU main web page under the heading NEWS ROOM and they are featured under "MSEN Opens Doors of Opportunity
for Students." It details the NASA Grant and NC-MSEN PCP in general. Direct Web link to the press release is as follows.

http://www.ecsu.edu/administration/ia/urm/headline.cfm?ID=11480

 

UNC Charlotte (UNCC) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Student on Fox News Rising


 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, nine of UNCC NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) students participated in the GIS Day 2010
at Sprit Square in Charlotte, NC. Please take a moment to look at the interview of one of the participating UNCC PCPstudents,
Mallory Finch, on Fox News Rising.

http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/top-stories/Where-in-the-World-is-Wilson-108678319.htm

To learn more about the GIS Day, please visit
http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/GeospatialInformationServices/gisday/Pages/default.aspx
.

 

NC-MSEN PCP P.E.R.S.I.S.T. First Fall Leadership Conference was featured in the
The Public School Forum's Friday Report on October 8, 2010


 

 

 

 

 

Forum News…

Teaching Fellows Program Collaborates with NC MSEN to Encourage Students to Pursue Science and
Mathematics Teaching Careers

For the past three years, the Public School Forum’s Project Teach initiative has sought to broaden its outreach efforts
beyond identifying and preparing prospective minority Teaching Fellows candidates within its 24 school system target
zone. Danny Bland, the Forum’s Director of Teacher Recruitment and Coordinator for Project Teach, has reached out to
and worked with various college preparatory programs and institutional initiatives statewide. Partnerships have been
forged with programs such as GEAR-UP, AVID, FTA, the Teacher Cadet Program, and the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC).

The latest collaborative effort culminated on Saturday October 2nd with the NC MSEN PERSIST Scholars Fall Leadership Conference
themed, “Pathways to Teaching”. Mr. Bland assisted Dr. Rita Fuller, NC MSEN Director and Mr. Braska Williams, NC State University
MSEN Site Coordinator in planning the conference for 55 high school students from across the state participating in the PERSIST
Scholars Program. The conference was held at the Friday Institute on NC State University’s Centennial Campus from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Pre-College Experiences to Recruit Students Into Science Teaching is a science and mathematics teacher recruitment program for high
school students with high potential, but who may not have been encouraged to pursue mathematics or science teaching as a career. It is
sponsored by a Burroughs Welcome Fund grant to the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC MSEN) Pre-College
Program. Funding for 70 participants was established four years ago. Five UNC campus sites (Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville
State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, and Winston-Salem State University) started at that time with high school freshmen,
now seniors. North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities have identified high school freshmen to begin later this month.

From the beginning, one of the goals of PERSIST was to not only encourage the participants to become teachers, but to also prepare them
to take advantage of available scholarship opportunities as seniors. The decision to have a leadership conference was made when Dr. Fuller,
Mr. Williams, and Mr. Bland were discussing ways to best prepare the PERSIST seniors for applying for available teaching scholarships this
fall. The group decided that to simply provide information on scholarships and necessary application steps would not fully accomplish the
goals of the program. Instead, the idea was hatched to pull all of the students together in order to provide a more full-service approach.

“Pathways to Teaching” was about giving the students all of the necessary information to make the transition from high school student, to
college student, to teacher preparation program participants. The day started with words of wisdom and encouragement delivered by 2010-11
NC Teacher of the Year, Ms. Jennifer Facciolini, a 1998 Meredith College Teaching Fellows graduate. The students then rotated through
break-out sessions entitled “Thinking about Teaching” and “College Matriculation: Requirements for Teaching”. These sessions were
presented by Ms. Tamica Stubbs, a recent Burroughs Welcome Fund Science Teacher Award winner, and a panel of freshmen through senior
Teaching Fellows from NC State and North Carolina Central universities. During lunch, the students had the opportunity to visit display booths
featuring Recruitment and Outreach Coordinators from UNC system colleges and schools of education.

Immediately after lunch, break-out sessions gave the students the opportunity to hear short presentations from each of the education recruiters
in attendance regarding requirements for admission and available program offerings. Afternoon sessions focused on “Professional Teaching
Requirements” and “College Affordability”. Dr. Vincent Snipes, Winston-Salem State University, and Dr. Elaine Franklin, Western Carolina
University led the sessions on professional standards and teaching as a profession. The college affordability sessions were co-presented by
the Forum’s Danny Bland and Mrs. Sarita Broadway of the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC).

The PERSIST students, their advisors, and a few parents who attended the sessions, left with a wealth of information and the charge to have
group discussions at their campus MSEN sites during their next regularly scheduled Saturday Academy sessions to debrief the conference.
Evaluations were collected and are now being analyzed to determine participant satisfaction. Dr. Fuller, Mr. Williams, Mr. Bland and other
conference contributors will meet soon to debrief.

To check out some of the pictures taken at the Conference, please visit http://picasaweb.google.com/ced.ncsu/PersistScholars?authkey=Gv1sRgCKeZr73mxKjJdw&feat=directlink#.

To read a press release, please visit http://ced.ncsu.edu/news/PERSISTScholars.php.

To download the Conference's program booklet, please click here. (pdf)

 

Eden Tackett, WSSU NC-MSEN PCP and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Student Participated in a Summer Fellowship Program in China


Eden Tackett was one of 14 students that was selected from across the state to participate in a 2- week summer fellowship program in China in 2010.

 

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Host of the 2010 NC MSEN Day


On Saturday, April 24, the 2010 MSEN Day was held at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Approximately six hundred
(600) highly motivated middle and high school students from seven NC-MSEN PCP sites participated in sixteen mathematics, science and
engineering events including robotics competition. The overall winners for the daylong competition included the following: First Place –
UNC Charlotte, Second Place – NC State University, and Third Place – Elizabeth City State University. The oratorical winners were
Tabreah Tatum (Elizabeth City State University) and Kiana Rivers (Elizabeth City State University) for the middle and high school
competitions, respectively. Hundreds of medals, including gold, silver and bronze were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning students
and teams.

Please click to view a movie filled with pictures of the event (provide by UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN Pre-College Program). Please also click to
view the complete winner list of 2010 MSEN Day.

 

 

NCSU NC-MSEN PCP Student Participated in NCISC's Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

The NC International Science Challenge (NCISC) is a yearly North Carolina science competition offered to
high school students by the Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative and the North Carolina Science,
Mathematics and Technology Education Center. Several excellent inquiry-based science projects are chosen
for their student creators to display those projects at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition (BYSCC).
The students chosen through the NCISC process are the sole US representatives at the BYSCC which features
students from many countries, offering students the opportunity to interact with future scientists from around
the globe. Victoria Jones, a NCSU NC-MSEN PCP student, was one of the four outstanding high school students
chosen for this wonderful global learning opportunity.

Please click to learn more about the competition, Victoria Jones (her bio and blog) and other contestants.

 

NASA Awards $1.2 Million Grant to NC-MSEN Pre-College Program

Please click to read the press release for detail information.

 

UNC School Of Education (SOE) News Featured The UNCCH NC-MSEN PCP Robotic Team







Twenty UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN Pre-College Program high school students from five different school systems
in the area are teaming up to build a robot from start to finish that can successfully perform a specific task and to
participate in the NCFIRST regional robotics competition April 2-3 in Dorton Arena, Raleigh. JC Penney and Freelon
Group are their sponsors. Please come and support them!

Please click to read the featured article on the UNC SOE News.

Please click to see a flyer of the competition on April 2-3, 2010 for details (pfd).


UNCC NC-MSEN PCP Student Placed 1st in Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to Debbie Rabinovich, UNCC NC-MSEN PCP Student, was placed 1st in Environments Science
at the Northeast Regional Science Fair.

Please visit http://www.ecu.edu/ncregionalsciencefair/ to learnn more about the NC Regional Science Fair hosted at
East Carolina University.

 

 

 

 

What To Get Your Valentine This Year? - A Fundraising Project for UNC CH PCP Competiting at
The NC US FIRST Robotics Competition on April 1-3, 2010

"What to get my sweetie for Valentine's Day" project.

On Saturday, February 13, 2010, beginning at 11:00 am, the high school robotics team from the UNC Chapel Hill
Pre-College Program will be at Cary Towne Center Mall raising funds for their state robotics competition. All proceeds
from this fundraiser will be used for robot construction for the North Carolina US FIRST Robotics competition on
April 1-3, 2010. This is an inaugural event for the state of North Carolina and the UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN
Pre-College Program.

Please check out a flyer for details about the fundraising project and an animation of the 2010 "BREAKAWAY GAME"
competition
if you are interested.

If you have any questions or comments, please call Tammy Siler at (919) 962-1624 or email tsiler1@email.unc.edu.


 

Two UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Students In A Movie

Two UNC Charlotte Pre-College Program students, Brianne Lindsey, an 11th grade student from
Lake Norman Charter School and Jeremy McLaughlin, an 11th grade student from the NC School
of Math and Science will appear in an upcoming movie titled Blood Done Sign My Name. It is drama
based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white
businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and
the civil unrest that followed the acquittal. The movie is scheduled to come out on February 19, 2010.
Please go out and support this film. Please check out the movie trailer if you are interested.

 


NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2009 Major Events

 

Exhibit Booth Presented by NC-MSEN Pre-College Program and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Project at the
2009 North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Conference



The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program, along with its Burroughs Wellcome-funded P.E.R.S.I.S.T. STEM teacher recruitment
project, had an exhibit booth at the 2009 NCSTA Conference held in Greensboro, NC on November 19 and 20. The P.E.R.S.I.S.T.
students had an opportunity to exhibit their activities and talk with North Carolina science teachers. The presence of an exhibit
booth at the NCSTA allowed an opportunity for students to showcase and present their project experiences, as well as mingle
with STEM educators at a professional venue.

 

Exhibit Booth Presented by NC-MSEN Pre-College Program and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Project at the
2009 North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference





The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program, along with its Burroughs Wellcome-funded P.E.R.S.I.S.T. STEM teacher recruitment
project, had an exhibit booth at the 2009 NCCTM Conference held in Greensboro, NC on October 29 and 30. The P.E.R.S.I.S.T.
students had an opportunity to exhibit their activities and talk with North Carolina math teachers. The presence of an exhibit
booth at the NCCTM allowed an opportunity for students to showcase and present their project experiences, as well as mingle
with STEM educators at a professional venue.

 

Exhibit Booth Presented by NC-MSEN Pre-College Program and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Project at the 2009 NC State Fair




NC-MSEN Pre-College Program, along with its Burroughs Wellcome- funded P.E.R.S.I.S.T. science and mathematics teacher
recruitment project, had an education exhibit booth at the 2009 NC State Fair. The exhibit booth provided a great opportunity
to showcase the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program to the general public. In an effort to promote STEM interest among booth
visitors, interesting hands-on K-8 activities were conducted and shared with children and their parents and teachers, respectively.
A number of alumni visited the booth and expressed their gratitude for the PCP’s positive personal and professional impact on their
lives, particularly in their selection of STEM majors and careers.

 

Braska Williams, NCSU NC-MSEN PCP Coordinator on WRAL Morning News



Braska WIlliams, NC-MSEN PCP coordinator at NCSU, spoke to WRAL in the morning of August 26, 2009
about procrastination and time management for K-12 students. Please follow this Web link to check out his
TV interview segment
.

 

UNCCH NC-MSEN PCP and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Students at National Science Decathlon Tournament

A group of UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) students participated and competed in the
National Science Decathlon Tournament, which was held in El Cajon, California on May 30, 2009. The PCP
National Science Decathlon Team traveled to California on Thursday morning, May 28th and returned on
Sunday, May 31st. Several PCP students won medals and trophies. Please check out their press release (in pdf)
and photos (in pdf).

 

 

 

 

NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Has Recently Been Published in the Metropolitan
Universities Journal
!

Two Decades of Success: North Carolina State University's NC-MSEN Pre-College Program
Kay Moore and Braska Williams, Jr.


For almost twenty-five years, North Carolina State University has helped to coordinate a state-wide Mathematics and Science
Education Network Pre-College Program that serves disadvantaged youth in grades six through twelve. The university-school
partnership includes middle school and high school academic enrichment in math, science, and communication through Saturday
and summer academies that focus on STEM activities, an annual math/science statewide competition, and an annual awards program.
The long-term results of the program are impressive: 99 percent of participating students go on to attend college, students maintain
higher grade point averages and SAT scores than their peers, and two-thirds of the participants major in STEM or education in college.

You can also read about the news by clicking http://muj.uc.iupui.edu/abstracts/v19_n4.htm. It is located third one up from the bottom.

 

WSSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Student Received Scholarship!

Kyhanna McCall, a WSSU NC-MSEN PCP senior, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Winston-Salem Urban League. She has been
accepted to UNC Greensboro and will pursue a degree in nursing.

 

UNCC NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Student Advanced to the National Scienc Olympiad Competition!

Join us in congratulating Jerry Cui, an UNCC NC-MSEN PCP student. Jerry won three events at the State Science Olympiad
Competition. Way to go Jerry! As a result of his wins, Jerry and his team will be attending the National Science Olympiad Competition.

 

NC-MSEN is the Recipient of the 2009 Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education!

Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education is a prestigious award recognizes and honors
North Carolina organizations that have an innovative partnership supporting science, mathematics and technology (SMT)
education.

Recipient of Partnership Award engages in the followings:

  • Creating deeper understanding by students or community members of SMT topics

  • Promoting active engagement by students or community members

  • Addressing an area of need or concern in community or state related to SMT

  • Being innovative

  • Building capacity in community or across the state

The 2009 Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was presented to NC-MSEN at the
Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology which was held at the Embassy Suites Raleigh/Durham Hotel in
Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, April 18, 2009. A video was presented at the Award Ceremony. Please visit http://ncsmt.org/newsletter.php?action=Detail&id=399&categoryid=3 (click on the combination of NC-MSEN/
UNC CSLD logo in the upper rigth to launch the video). An offical newsletter can also be found from the given Web link.

Please click here for a press release (in pdf).

To see all the pictures that were submitted to SMT for video presentation, please click this PowerPoint presentation here.

 

Winston-Salem State University - Host of the 2009 NC MSEN Day


On Saturday, April 4, the 2009 MSEN Day was held at Winston-Salem State University, Winston- Salem, NC. Over eight (800) hundred
highly motivated middle and high school students from nine NC-MSEN PCP sites participated in sixteen mathematics, science and
engineering events. Robotics was added as a new competition for the 2009 MSEN Day. The overall winners for the daylong competition
included the following: First Place – UNC Charlotte, Second Place – NC State University, and Third Place – Elizabeth City State University.
The oratorical winners were Jaelyn Harvey (Fayetteville State University) and Deja Williams (UNC Charlotte) for the middle and high school
competitions, respectively. Hundreds of medals, including gold, silver and bronze were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning students
and teams.

Please click for a press release (in pdf format) which contains a list of the winners. Please click here to view pictures of the event.
Please click here to view a video clip
.

 

Western Carolina University NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) Draw a Scientist Research Project Program

The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) 7th grade science teacher at Western Carolina University (WCU), Ms. Liddell Shannon, recently
collected data on WCU PCP student perceptions of “scientists” by having the students at a recent Saturday Academy draw a scientist. She
then interviewed the students about their drawings and compared these data to several historical “Draw a Scientist” studies. Ms. Shannon
recently presented her findings at the Western Carolina University Graduate School Symposium and placed second in the Educational Research
category. A summary of her findings can be found through this link: http://precollege.wcu.edu/23043.asp. This important research sheds light on
the work that NC-MSEN PCP has done and that we have yet to do in changing student perceptions of who can grow up to become a “scientist”.

Please join WCU NC-MSEN PCP on congratulating Ms. Shannon and their students on this recognition!

 

Great News from UNC Chapel Hill (UNC CH) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program

CONGRATULATIONS to the UNC CH NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students for their 1st Place (high school) and 3rd Place (middle school)
wins at the East Coast Science Decathlon. They are currently preparing for their May national competition in California.

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Hosted 2009 North Carolina Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS
)

 


The 2009 North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS) was held on March 15 and 16 at the
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. The event was a huge success. To learn more about
National JSHS and NC JSHS, please click http://www.jshs.org/ and http://education.uncc.edu/cmste/ncjshs/index.html, respectively.
To view the pictures that were taken at the event, please click here for a powerpoint presentation. Please also click here
for our press release.

 

Great News from UNC Charlotte (UNCC) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program

CONGRATULATIONS to three UNCC NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students, Bria Lindsey, Cherise Hardiman and Ciara Gaither. These three
young ladies were recognized at the CIAA High School Day as 4.0 students. We are very proud of them. Way to go ladies.

 

A Great Read for Pre-College Students, Parents And Educators:
Yes You Can - A Book Created to Motivate

Yes You Can… is a book about possibility. At its best, it seeks to motivate, inspire and empower young
people to achieve their goal of going to college. This book will be helpful to any student, but it will be
especially useful to those students who have what it takes to finish high school and go to college but who
may be experiencing doubts and negative peer pressure.

Arthur G. Affleck, MEd, JD is the author of Yes You Can. He is an educator, attorney, fund raising consultant,
and writer who has spent most of his career in the education arena. He is also the spouse of Mrs. Dianne Affleck,
UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN PCP site coordinator.

To learn more about the author and the book Yes You Can, as well as where you can purchase one, please
check out the media kit, press release (in pdf) and his Web site.


Provider: Xlibris

 

Congratulations to Three Outstanding UNCC NC-MSEN PCP Students:
Victoria Logan, Nashira Blackmon and Taylor McLendon


Victoria Logan, a senior at Hardings University High School, has been selected to serve as a student staff photographer
for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. That is an all expense paid trip. Way to go Victoria!

Nashira Blackmon,
a 11th grade student at Harding University High School, has already been accepted to Paine College in
Augusta, Ga. Way to go Nashira!!!!

Taylor McLendon, was accepted into the North Carolina Youth Leadership Council. As a part of this council, Taylor will be
learning the nuts and bolts of advocacy work. This will include a three-day training with Advocates for Youth in Washington DC.
They will draw up a strategic plan to influence state legislators to improve sex education policies and work with school boards to
change local policies. They will work to get other youth involved throughout the state by using technology to network the voices
of North Carolina youth.

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2008 Major Events

2008 NC-MSEN PCP P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Fall Leadership Program

Over 50 people attended the 2008 NC-MSEN P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Fall Leadership Program at Eastern 4-H Center,
Columbia, NC. The challenging and fun activities encouraged the participants to build leadership,
teambuilding, and listening skills. This year’s event also included its first P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Idol (Talent) Show.
The entire event proved to be a total success. Students indicated that they had learned a great deal about
leadership. In addition, they had a wonderful time making new friends and enjoying nature. The survey
responses were overwhelmingly positive. To take a visual tour of the event,
please click here to see a
PowerPoint slide show (from the top choose "slide show" and then "view show").

 

 

 

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) NC-MSEN PCP in the News
"Summer Programs Provide the Keys to Success"

Please click on the pictures above to read the article in pdf format.

 

NC-MSEN PCP Students Participating in The 2008 Seventh Annual NC OPT-ED Alliance Day

THEME: “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - Investing Today for
Tomorrow: Laying the Foundation for Future Achievements"

PURPOSE: To create an atmosphere where underrepresented minority students throughout
the state of North Carolina, in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
disciplines can discuss and get excited about their work through student collaboration,
professional workshops and poster/oral presentations.

WHO: Middle and high school students, undergraduate and graduate level students who are
building careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

WHAT: To recognize and motivate students into the STEM professions.

WHEN: Friday, September 26, 2008

WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

Eight of our nine NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) sites (ECSU, FSU, NCSU, UNCC, UNCCH, WCU, WSSU) attended the
Alliance Day and participated in poster and oral presentations. Please click to see all pictures at the Alliance Day (in PowerPoint).

 

Welcome Mr. Milton Bond as Our New Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)
Pre-College Program Site Coordinator!

Please click on Mr. Bond's Biography to learn more about Mr. Bond.

 

 

 


 

 

2008 Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Poster Symposium and Luncheon

The 2008 NCSU Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Poster Symposium and Luncheon were held Friday,
August 1, 2008. The closing event was conducted at the McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC. The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program had
six rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in the project. Each student completed a 4-week course and laboratory training that
allowed them to receive three hours of undergraduate credit in one of the following courses: Introduction to Molecular Biology,
Introduction to Microbiology/Introduction to Biochemistry, and Principles of Applied Biotechnology. The students' posters were exhibited
at the symposium. Please enjoy some of the pictures taken at the event.



List of Six NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Students Participating in 2008 SCIBLS:

Affleck, Barbara (UNCCH)
McCall, Kyhanna (WSSU)
Sanders, Ashlyn (NCSU)
Sanders, Robyn (NCSU)
Scott, Ninecia (NCSU)
Shaw, Briana (WSSU)

 

First Annual P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Banquet - Celebrating the Success of P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Scholars


On Saturday, June 28, 2008, NC-MSEN PCP hosted its First Annual P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Banquet at The William And Ida Friday Center for
Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. There were approximately 100 guests including P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Scholars, teacher advisors,
PCP Coordinators, parents, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and UNC General Administration representatives, and NC-MSEN staff.
Please click here for a PowerPoint slide show filled and a press release.

 

Congratulations to Two of Our East Carolina University (ECU) NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students for earning
2nd Place in the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Competition

Essence Wagstaff (Wayne County) and Erin Sawyer (Washington County), two of our ECU NC-MSEN Pre-College
Program students, won 2nd place in Technical Merit for their Solar Car in the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition.

 

NC A&T State University Plays Host to a Mathematics and Science Competition for over 700 Students: MSEN Day 2008

 

On Saturday, April 26, 2008 MSEN Day was held at The North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC . Over seven hundred (700)
highly motivatedmiddle and high school students form nine of our NC-MSEN PCP sites participated in sixteen different mathematics, science and
engineering events. The overall winners for the daylong competition included the following: First Place – NC State University, Second Place –
Fayetteville State, and Third Place – UNC Charlotte. The Oratorical winners were Justin Williams (East Carolina University) and Brittaney Baker
( Elizabeth City State University) for the middle and the high school competitions, respectively. Hundreds of medals, including gold, silver, and
bronze, awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning students and teams.

Please click here to view a pictures taken of the event. Please click to review a press release and a list of all winners (in pdf format).

 

Scholarship Award to NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Graduate– Camille McGirt

 

We are pleased to announce that our 2008 recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, which is provided through the
NC Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NC-MSEN PCP). With the assistance of a committee of
outstanding individuals, Miss Camille Ruth McGirt from the UNC Chapel Hill Pre-College Program site was chosen because of her
exceptional academic achievement, community service, extra-curricular activities, and NC-MSEN Pre-College Program participation.
We are extremely elated that Miss McGirt has chosen to major in Chemistry at NC State University and become a university professor.

 

UNC Charlotte (UNCC) NC-MSEN PCP Student was Selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Congratulations
to Ms. Amber Koonce!

 

Amber Koonce, one of the UNCC NC-MSEN PCP students who has been in the UNCC
NC-MSEN PCP since 7th grade, was selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar! Amber is the
daughter of Donnie and Masherrill Koonce. She is an 18 year old senior at Providence
High School in Charlotte, NC where she is the senior class president. She is also the 2007
Carolinas Carrousel Pageant Princess and a Girl Scout Gold Award winner. Amber is a National
Achievement Scholar and has been blessed with over $500,000 in scholarships including the
$80,000 Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Amber is planning to attend The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill this fall.

There was a total of seventy-nine high school seniors from across the country named
Morehead-Cain Scholars. Amber is one of 5 students chosen from the Charlotte Mecklenbug Schools.

Morehead-Cain scholarship pays for all expenses for four years of undergraduate study, including
four summer enrichment programs and the cost of a laptop computer. The value of the scholarship is
about $80,000 for each in-state student.

This year there were more than 1,500 high school seniors nominated by their schools or applied
for the Morehead-Cain. The foundation and regional committees chose 140 finalists from those
nominees and interviewed each student in Chapel Hill. Students were selected by merit and
accomplishments, including leadership skills, academic achievement, moral character and physical vigor. Financial need is not considered.

Brief History of Morehead-Cain Scholarship

John Motley Morehead graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1891 and later founded Union Carbide Corporation. He created the Morehead
Foundation in 1945. The Morehead Scholarship was established in 1951 as the first non-athletic merit scholarship program in the United States.
In 2007, the Cain Foundation gave a $100 million gift to the Morehead Foundation to support and expand the scholarship program. The
foundation and scholarship program were then renamed as Morehead-Cain to honor the Cain investment.

Nearly 3,000 Morehead alumni live and work in the United States and 24 other countries, including Wachovia Chief Executive Officer
Ken Thompson, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and award-winning filmmaker and television producer James Dean.

 

UNC Charlotte (UNCC) NC-MSEN PCP and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Student was Featured in the Charlotte Observer
"Teen Advocates, Future Politicians"

 

David McKee, one of the UNCC NC-MSEN PCP students who also participates in the
P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Program has expressed his interest in becoming a U.S. Senator. To view his video blog,
please visit http://videos.charlotte.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=1763848. David is the one at
the end of the video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Several UNC Charlotte (UNCC) NC-MSEN PCP and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Students for Participating
and Winning at the Regional Science Fair

Several UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN PCP and P.E.R.S.I.S.T. students participated and won in the Regional Science Fair held UNCC on
February 23, 2008. Amber Roberts, Laura Lee, Avis Hall, and Matthew Moore, who participate in the Research Experience (formerly PREP)
for 11th and 12th grade, placed in the Regional Science Fair. Amber Roberts and Laura Lee will move onto the INTEL Competition in Atlanta.
Amber will compete individually while Laura will compete with a partner. In addition, two of UNCC P.E.R.S.I.S.T. students, Brandon Scott
and Bobby Lee also placed in the Regional Science Fair. All of the students aforementioned will participate in the State Science Fair on
March 15, 2008. Please click the following link to read press release.

UNCC PSP Press Release

 

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2007 Major Events

Associate Director of NC-MSEN PCP was Featured on A Local Community Newspaper in Western North Carolina

Mrs. Rita Fuller, the Associate Director of NC-MSEN PCP, was featured in The Mountain Voice,
a local community newspaper in Western North Carolina. She was one of the two new board members
of Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). To read about article, please click here (in pdf).

 

 

 

NC-MSEN UNC Charlotte Pre-College Program Student Led the Pledge of Alligance at A School Board Meeting

Congratulations! Mone’t McGruder, an 11th grader at Harding University High School, a NC-MSEN UNC Charlotte
Pre-College Program student, led the pledge of allegiance and spoke on the November character trait, honesty at the
November 13 Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Meeting. To learn more about Ms. McGruder and the board
meeting, please visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/includes/gfi.asp?fileHandle=4763.asp.

 

 

 

 

2007 NC-MSEN PCP P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Fall Leadership Program

There were approximately 50 people attending the 2007 NC-MSEN PCP P.E.R.S.I.S.T. Fall Leadership
Program at Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC. The event was a total success. From the evaluation we
received after the event, we did not have a single student indicated anything negative about the event
activities. The survey responses were overwhelmingly positive. To take a visual tour back to the event
on that day, please click here to see a PowerPoint slide show by clicking "slide show" and then
"view show" at the top of the screen.

 

 

Welcome Mrs. Rebecca Small as Our New University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC CH) Pre-College
Program Site Assistant Coordinator!

Please click on Mrs. Small's Biography to learn more about Mrs. Small.

 

 

 



 

 

2007 Sixth Annual NC OPT-ED Alliance Day

THEME: “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - Investing Today for Tomorrow:
Laying the Foundation for Future Achievements"

PURPOSE: To create an atmosphere where underrepresented minority students throughout the state of
North Carolina, in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines can discuss
and get excited about their work through student collaboration, professional workshops and poster/Oral
presentations.

WHO: Middle and high school students, undergraduate and graduate level students who are building
careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

WHAT: To recognize and motivate students into the STEM professions.

WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2007

WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

Six of our NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP) sites (ECSU, NCSU, UNC CH, UNCC, WCU, WSSU) attended this statewide
conference. UNCC, UNC CH, and WSSU also had PCP students participated in poster and oral presentations. Please click to see
all pictures at the Alliance Day (in pdf format)
.

2007 Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Poster Symposium and Luncheon

The 2007 NCSU Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Poster Symposium and Luncheon were held
August 3, 2007. The closing event was conducted at the McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC. The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program
had six rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in the project. Each student completed a 4-week course and laboratory
training that allowed them to receive three hours of undergraduate credit in one of the following courses: Introduction to Molecular
Biology, Introduction to Microbiology/Introduction to Biochemistry, and Principles of Applied Biotechnology. The students' posters
were exhibited at the symposium. Please enjoy some of the pictures taken at the event.





List of Six Pre-College Program Students Participating in 2007 SCIBLS:

Brakkett, Jeremy (ECSU)
Brown, Jonniece (WSSU)
Elliott, Fabian (FSU)
Franse, Kutala (UNCCH)
Hinton, Brittney (ECSU)
Williams, Michelle (UNCCH)

 

NSF-Sponsored R.O.B.O.T.S. Symposium at PARI is a Huge Success

On Friday, July 27, 2007 more than 180 students, teachers, parents, and coordinators from six of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Sites
(ECSU, FSU, UNC CH, UNCC, NCSU, and WSSU) converged on the campus of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) for a
day long R.O.B.O.T.S. Symposium, including a Robotics competition. In addition, business/industry representatives, university faculty, and
community volunteers attended the event. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners of the robotics competition were UNC-Chapel Hill, WSSU
and ECSU, respectively. Click the following links for photo shots from the day.

http://www.pari.edu/about_pari/pari-photos/current-photos/photos-from-the-july-27-2007-r-o-b-o-t-s-symposium/ (Six pages total)
http://www.uncp.edu/home/jose/public-html/robot/pari/index.html
http://www.pari.edu/about_pari/pari-photos/current-photos/photos-of-the-r-o-b-o-t-s-symposium-participants/ (Eleven pages total)

 

Final Summer Session of the R.O.B.O.T.S. Program at the Winston-Salem State University


The final summer class of the Winston-Salem State University's R.O.B.O.T.S. Program was held on Friday, July 13, 2007. The participants
in the R.O.B.O.T.S. Summer Program included rising seventh grade students. The students created and presented power point presentations
on their individual career goals, which included career outlook research. In addition, two students presented essays about their R.O.B.O.T.S.
summer experience. The activities concluded with teams of students competing in the Robotics competition, which they built and programmed
during the three week summer session. Parents, teachers, counselors, University administrators, student guides, and Network staff were invited
to the event. All were extremely impressed by the students' work. Please click here to view all the pictures taken at the event.

Western Carolina University's Pre-College Program Students Study Math and Science in a Two-week Summer Program


To learn more about the event and the responses from participating middles school students, please click here.

 

Scholarship Award to NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Graduate– Lisle Bull


Congratulations! Lisle Bull, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Pre-College Program graduate, was awarded the third annual
William R. Hearst Scholarship by NC-MSEN Pre-College Program. Lisle received $5,000 award due to her exceptional academic
achievement and tenure in the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program. Lisle graduated from Northern High School in Durham, NC and has
been accepted to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC CH) in this fall semester and major in Biology, Pre-medicine,
or Bio-medical Engineering. Lisle is an outstanding and dedicated young lady. She has actively participated in the ACE club in high school
and in the academic enrichment class in middle school. She recently volunteered to share her experience with students about her trip to Africa.
Lisle has been either the A or A/B honor roll and Outstanding Student throughout middle and high school.

 

The National Science Foundation-funded Robotics: Opportunities for Building
O
utstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.) Project

 

 


Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.) is a two-year project funded by The
National Science Foundation. It is designed to provide awareness of the scientific world especially that described through astronomy
and physics. Two hundred ten (210) underserved rural, urban and suburban students in grades six to eight are provided 200 hours of
out-of-school time (OST) evening, Saturday and summer intensive hands-on, inquiry-based STEM experiences, with a special focus
on astronomy, physics and robotics. The project will help to improve students’ understanding of STEM by: (1) exposing them to non-traditional
science fields such as astronomy and physics via robotics; (2) e-mentoring by STEM professionals. When students complete this project they
will be able to make a smooth transition to advanced level, high school mathematics and science courses with the knowledge of scientific
competitions, research opportunities, and college majors and careers that they will be qualified to pursue.

The program components include:

Ø spring and fall Saturday Academy Sessions

Ø three-week Summer Program

Ø STEM E-Mentors

Ø team challenges and robotics competitions

Ø field trips and college tours

Ø videoconferences and symposia

Ø parent involvement workshops and activities

Ø recognition programs


Major Project Partners
:

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) - Click on the link to see recent photos of workshops held at different NC-MSEN
Pre-College Program sites
Tyco Electronics
North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
IBM Centers for Advanced Studies
Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative
Seven out of nine NC-MSEN Pre-College Program sites (Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University,
North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, and
Winston-Salem State University
)


Please click here for the R.O.B.O.T.S. press release.


Please click here for Offical R.O.B.O.T.S. Website.

 

 

2007 North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS) winners make the news on the
Wilmington Newspaper

 


Ms. Anna Parker & Ms. Lawson Greenwood


From the "New Hanover Education"

Hoggard High School is home to the first-place winner and Teacher Award winner of the 2007 North Carolina Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium held March 11 and 12 in Chapel Hill.

Anna Parker won first place for her presentation "The Electrocatalysis of DNA-Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes" and received a $1,500
scholarship. She will go on to compete in Huntsville, Ala.

Lawson Greenwood won the Teacher Award.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070502/NEWS/705020352&SearchID=73280033799857

To download a press release, review the pictures, and learn more about the event of 2007 JSHS, please click here to see below.

 

Congratulations to Braska Williams, NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Coordinator, as one of the Recipients
of the Outstanding Extension Service Award!



Please click here to review a press release.

 

2007 MSEN Day was a huge success!

The 2007 MSEN Day was held at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Saturday,
April 21st. It was a huge success. Please click here to view a PowerPoint presentation
containing pictures and video clips taken at the event. (Best use of Internet Explorer to view
and play video clips). Please also click the following web links to review a press release and
a list of all winners
.

 

 

 

 

 

An Article from The Charlotte Observer Featuring Jasmine Gregory, one of the UNC Charlotte Pre-College Program
PREP Students(Sunday, April 15, 2007)

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR HIGH ACHIEVERS
Science makes her Saturdays special days
UNCC program helps student prepare for college, make friends

STEVE LYTTLE
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

Harding University High School student Jasmine Gregory says giving up most of her Saturdays during the school year to attend a special
science program at UNC Charlotte is worth the effort.

"It's given me a head start," Jasmine says of the pre-college science program, offered by UNCC to high-achieving students. "It'll be a
big help when I get to college."

It also provided Jasmine with one of the biggest moments of her life last summer -- a chance to make a science presentation before
fellow students from around the world.

It all started last spring, when Jasmine took first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis. The prize was a
trip to the Youth Science Forum last July in London.

There, she and other winners from around the world spent two weeks visiting tourist sites. But most of their time, they presented science
project findings to fellow students.

"It wasn't really scary," Jasmine says. "The students really made me feel comfortable."

Even language wasn't a barrier, she says.

"A lot of students from other countries knew enough English to communicate," she says.

The story goes back several years, when Jasmine was a seventh-grader and was picked to participate in the UNCC Saturday program.
Her mother, Sonia, a teacher at Druid Hills Elementary School in north Charlotte, convinced Jasmine that the program would benefit her.

Jasmine attends three hours of classes, three Saturdays a month. Students in their junior years are required to conduct a research project.

Jasmine teamed with UNCC chemistry teacher Thomas Schmedake on an effort to produce an improved oxygen sensor. That work helped
her win the science fair award a year ago.

"Through the UNCC program, I've made a lot of friends from other schools," says Jasmine, who is enrolled in Harding's International
Baccalaureate program and plans to attend N.C. State University next year. "And besides, I love science and math. It doesn't seem
like work at all."

Jasmine Gregory

School: Harding University High School

Year: Senior

Age: 17

Education background: Attended Druid Hills Elementary School (grades K-3), an elementary school near Atlanta (grades 4-6),
Marie G. Davis Middle School (grade 7), Randolph Middle School (grade 8), and Harding University High School (grades 8-12).

Favorite TV shows: "CSI" (she wants to become a forensic scientist) and "Discovery Health."

Jasmine's news article can also be found by clicking at the following web link.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/274/story/86126.html


NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Hosted 2007 North Carolina Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS
)

 


The 2007 North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS) was held on March 11 and 12 at the
UNC Center for School Leadership Development in Chapel Hill. The event was a huge success. To learn more about
National JSHS and NC JSHS, please click http://www.jshs.org/ and http://education.uncc.edu/cmste/jshs/ respectively.
To view the pictures that were taken at the event, please click here for a powerpoint presentation. Please also click here
for our press release and special thank you to all NC JSHS participants, volunteers, and staff.


Welcome Mrs. Chastity C.M. Harper as Our New University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)
Pre-College Program Site Coordinator!

Please click on Mrs. Harper's Biography to learn more about Mrs. Harper.

 

 

 



Welcome Dr. Bernice V. Campbell as Our New East Carolina University (ECU) Pre-College Program
Site Coordinator!

Please click on Dr. Bernice V. Campbell's Biography to learn more about Dr. Campbell.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Ms. Erin McManus as Our New Western Carolina University (WCU) Pre-College Program
Site Coordinator!

Please click on Ms. Erin McManus's Biography to learn more about Ms. McManus.

 

 

 

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2006 Major Events

2006 NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Fall Leadership Retreat


Please click here to see a PowerPoint presentation with pictures.

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program was Rewarded Funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the
Project Named "R.O.B.O.T.S."

The North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network, in collaboration with The University of North Carolina-
General Administration, is proud to announce that its Pre-College Program (PCP) was awarded funds from the NSF to develop
a project titled Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.). The project is a model
program designed specifically for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to encourage their interest in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) careers. Please click here for the R.O.B.O.T.S. press release. For more detail information about the
R.O.B.O.T.S. grant, please check back later.

 

One of the two new NC-MSEN Pre-College Program sites, East Carolina University helds its Advisory Council Meeting



The North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Center for Science, Mathematics, and
Technology Edcuation (CMSTE) at East Carolina University held its Advisory Council meeting on October 10, 2006 at the
Greenville Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Updates on Network activities were provided by Dr. Verna Holoman, Executive Director.
A presentation was made by Mrs. Rita Fuller, Associate Director of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program (PCP).

A recent North Carolina State University Pre-College Program graduate, Ms. Adrienne Yancey, shared information about the
Pre-College Program and its impact on her. She attends UNC Chapel Hill, is pursuing a major in chemistry with a minor in biology,
and plans a career in medicine.





2006 Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Poster Symposium and Luncheon

2006 Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Poster Symposium and Luncheon was held on August 4th,
Friday at the McKimmon Center of the North Carolina State University. NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students who were
accepted into the SCIBLS Program completed their 4-week training. Their projects were exhibited at the student poster symposium
on that day. Please enjoy some of the pictures taken at the event.

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Fifth Annual NC OPT-ED Alliance Day is Scheduled to be Held September 22, 2006 in Greensboro, NC

Fifth Annual NC OPT-ED Alliance Day is scheduled to be held September 22, 2006 at Joseph S. Koury Convention Center
in Greensboro, NC. They are currently accepting proposals for oral and poster presentations from historically underrepresented
minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or social, behavioral, and economic science (SBES)
disciplines. To find out how to submit proposals and learn about the event, please click http://www.unc.edu/opt-ed/calendars/alliance_day/.
Please also click to download a flyer for the event.

 

Scholarship Award to NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Graduate– Colin Pressley Blakeney

Congratulations! Colin Pressley Blakeney, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte Pre-College Program graduate, was awared the
second annual William R. HearstScholarship by NC-MSEN Pre-College Prgram. Colin received $5,000 award due to his exceptional
academic achievement and tenure in the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program. Colin graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in
Charlotte, NC and is planning to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&TSU) in this fall semester
and major in engineering. Please check back later to view Colin's one page essay describing how the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program
has contributed to his life and education, and how receiving this scholarship would benefit him future mathematics, science, technology,
or engineering endeavors.

 

Congratulations to Eight NC-MSEN Pre-College Students for Their Acceptance into the North Carolina
Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS)


Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) is an opportunity for outstanding high school students interested in a career
in science to participate in a college level program. Eight of NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students submitted applications and were
accepted into the SCIBLS Program. Students will take coursework for 3 to 6 hours college credit which will challenge them beyond the level
of typical high school academics. They will work in state of the art laboratories on the campus of NC State University and practice cutting
edge research techniques and skills. The program will last four weeks beginning on July 10th and ending on August 4th. To learn more about
SCIBLS, please visit: www.cifr.ncsu.edu/scibls or http://www.cifr.ncsu.edu/scibls/tuition.htm

List of NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Students who were accepted into the SCIBLS Program:

Christian Baucum, WSSU Pre-College Program
Jeremy Brackett, ECSU Pre-College Program
Darius Dawson, FSU Pre-College Program
Kutala Franse, UNC Chapel Hill Pre-College Program
Jasmine Gregory, UNC Charlotte Pre-College Program
Brittney Hinton, ECSU Pre-College Program
Blaise Pena, GAMSEC Pre-College Program
Makendra Umstead, NCSU Pre-College Program



Congratulations to Victor Mack, Dianne Affleck, and Braska Williams on the Award of North Carolina Students
Participating in an Aerospace Collaborative Experience Grant (NC Space Grant)







Victor Mack, UNC Charlotte Pre-College Program Coordinator, Dianne Affleck, UNC Chapel Hill Pre-College Program Coordinator,
and Braska Williams, NC State University Pre-College Program Coordinator have been awarded for NC Space Grant Consortium's
General Public Engagment Programs award in the total amount of $15,000 ($5,000 for each). They are a total of 26 applicants have been
awarded faculty grants in four major categories: research, higher education course development, K-12 teacher training and public outreach.
Please visit http://www.ncspacegrant.org/news/06-05-05%20Program%20Awards.html to learn more about the grant. Please also visit
http://www.ncspacegrant.org/opps/06-07_projects.html
to see the entire award listing.

 

Congratulations to Jasmine Gregory, and Alex Buchanan, UNC Charlotte Pre-College Program PREP Student Earned
the US Air Force 1st and 2nd Place Awards, Respectively

Jasmine Gregory, the 11th grade Harding University High School student, is also an NC-MSEN UNC Charlotte
Pre-College Program and PREP student. Her science fair project entitled "Development of an Improved Oxygen
Sensor: Incorporating a Tris-bipyridyl Ruthenium (II) Dye into a Sub-wavelength Optical Cavity" at the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) earned her the US Air Force 1st place award including $3,000.00
and a US Army 1st place award including an all expense paid trip to London, England and three-$1,000 savings
bonds. Alex Buchanan, a12th grader at Myers Park High School, won a 2nd place award fromt the Association of
Computing Machinery which included a $500.00 award. Please click to see the press release for further detail.

 

 

 

2006 MSEN Day was a huge success!

The 2006 MSEN Day was held at North Carolina State University on Saturday, April 29th. It was a huge
success. Please click here to learn more about the event, review a powerpoint slide show of pictures for
2006 MSEN Day
and a list of all winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Erskine Bowles visited UNC Chapel Hill Pre-College Program Saturday Academy on March 4, 2006

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UNC Chapel Hill Pre-College Program had about 270 students in grades 6 to 8 attended Saturday Academy Session III on
March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2006. There were about 50% of the students attended 3 or 4 Saturdays. Students attended enrichment
classes in mathematics, science and communications/careers. In the science class students learned about forensic science, Lego
robotics, claymation movies and dissected frogs. In the mathematics classes the students worked on the probability and statistics
through games, check writing mathematical operations and analyze ruler/reaction time. In the communications/career classes the
students worked on persuasive speaking, how to successfully resove conflicts and accuracy in speaking and listening. President
Erskine Bowles paid a special visit on March 4, 2006 for the first Saturday Academy of Session III.

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Teachers and Coordinators Participated in DragonFly Sci Girl Training on Saturday,
March 25, 2006

On March 25, 2006, UNC-TV and Twin City Public Television partnered with the NC-MSEN
Pre-College Program to provide a DragonFly TV SciGirls training. The main goals of this collaboration
are to combine the strengths of a statewide broadcasting and outreach network with the science and
mathematics expertise and statewide reach of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program to (1) maximize
631 girls located throughout the state who can benefit from this collaboration (2) enhance the curriculum of
NC-MSEN by providing curriculum and training that uniquely fits girls' learning styles and can also be easily
maintained and used for years to come. Pam Hines, the UNC-TV Pre-K manager, and Jan Elftmann, the
training instructor led a workshop for 25 NC-MSEN Pre-College Program teachers and coordinators. Through
different hands-on activities and visal aids, both teachers and coordinators were trained and equipped to
enhance their existing curriculum. Upon finishing the training, teachers and coordinators will share with parents the DragonFly TV SciGirls
materials that are being used in their classrooms and encourage parents to view the program with their daughters and do the activities provided
by them. To learn more about DragonFly TV for kids, please visit http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/. Please also visit http://pbskids.org/ for more
additional materials for kids. To view the pictures that highlight the training on March 25th, please click here.

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College PREP Student Won Third Place at the 2006 North Carolina Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium

On March 12 and 13, 2006, UNC Charlotte hosted a 2-day North Carolina Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium. Mark Steuerwald, one of the NC-MSEN Pre-College PREP students at
UNC Charlotte, participated in the oral presentation and won third place. Mark will advance to the
National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Heather Venant,
another NC-MSEN Pre-College PREP student at Charlotte also won second place in the poster
presentation. To learn more about the event and view pictures of the event highights, please visit
http://education.uncc.edu/cmste/jshs/index.html
. NC-MSEN, the network office at Chapel Hill will host
the North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in 2007.


Victor Mack, the coordinator of UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program, was featured in
the December 2005 issue of Pride Magazine. The article titled "Pushing Math and Science" gave
an overview of the Program and Victor's journey with the Program. Please click the above link to
read the article.

 

 

 


Welcome Mr. Peter Eley as Our New Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Pre-College Program Site Coordinator!

Please click on Mr. Peter Eley's Biography to learn more about Mr. Eley.

 

 

 

 


NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Student has a major role in The Discovery Channel's General Genius
(Her journey to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2005) First show:
December 3rd,
Saturday at 12:00 e/p

The North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) is proud to announce
that one of its Pre-College Program students, Alison Siler, has a major role in The Discovery Channel's
Generation Genius, a documentary that follows seven remarkable students on their journey to the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in 2005.



 

 

Generation Genius: The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

More than 1400 finalists from 45 countries and territories gather in Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair, the world's largest high school science and engineering competition. Millions of dollars in scholarships and
prizes are at stake, but only a select few go home as winners of this elite competition. "Generation Genius" follows seven of these
remarkable students on their journey to ISEF and witnesses the hard work and determination it takes to make it to this prestigious event.

One of them is from Charlotte, North Carolina. Alison Siler has spent much of her time in the past year doing research while looking
for a new diet pill. Alison is an NC-MSEN Pre-College Program student at UNC Charlotte under the leadership of Victor Mack.
During the summer of 2004, she conducted research as part of the Pre-College Research Experiences Program (PREP), under the
mentorship of Dr. Yvette Huet-Hudson, UNC Charlotte Biology Department. Alison presented her findings in March 2005 at the
NC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which was hosted by the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education
Network and co-sponsored by the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Alison Siler's project title was "Effects of 2-Hydroxy Estrone Eicosonate on Weight Gain."

Over the course of one week, "Generation Genius" follows these finalists as they travel from their home states to Phoenix, Arizona,
and navigate the Intel ISEF competition. As judgment day nears, their nerves are tested. They worry not only about their peers and
the judges, but also about college scouts and corporate recruiters. For these students, future careers can be determined right there.
The pressure to impress is high and at the end of their journey, we'll find out if one of the chosen few has what it takes to take home
the grand prize or go home with the hope of winning next year's competition.

Please put the below dates on your calendar as we applaud the efforts of Alison Siler and
the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program!

GENERATION GENIUS
SATURDAY
DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 NOON e/p

ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

In addition, the Science Channel will broadcast the documentary on the following dates:

Monday, Dec 5 at 4PM
Sunday, Dec 11 at 7PM and 11PM
Saturday, Dec 17 at 9AM
Sunday, Dec 25 at 10PM, 1AM, and 5AM

(Please be sure to check your local listings as they are subject to change.)

To learn more about the event, please click to review the press release.

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2005 Major Events

2005 Fall Leadership Retreat

Please click the image to visit 2005 Fall Leadership Retreat homepage.

 

 

 

 

2005 OPT-ED Alliance Day

NORTH CAROLINA ALLIANCE TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION (OPT-ED)
ALLIANCE DAY

THEME: “EDUCATION TODAY FOR THE WORLD TOMORROW” THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF
DOCTORAL DEGREES BY MINORITY STUDENTS DOES NOT RESULT FROM GRADUATE STUDY ALONE,
BUT RATHER DEPENDS ON THE PRESENCE OF INTELLECTUAL BUILDING BLOCKS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL,
HIGH SCHOOL AND UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION.“KNOWLEDGE IS LIKE A GARDEN; IF IT IS NOT
CULTIVATED, IT CANNOT BE HARVESTED.” AFRICAN PROVERB

PURPOSE: TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY (URM) STUDENTS
THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, IN THE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEEERING AND
MATHEMATICS DISCIPLINES CAN DISCUSS AND GET EXCITED ABOUT THEIR WORK THROUGH STUDENT
COLLABORATION, PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS AND POSTER/ORAL PRESENTATIONS.

WHO: MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE LEVEL STUDENTS
WHO ARE BUILDING CAREERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS
(STEM) DISCIPLINES.

WHAT: TO RECOGNIZE AND MOTIVATE URM STUDENTS IN THE STEM PROFESSIONS.

WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2005

WHERE: SHERATON GREENSBORO AT FOUR SEASONS

SPONSOR: NORTH CAROLINA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER

Please click to see the fact sheet about OPT-ED Alliance Day Fact Sheet.Please click to see OPT-ED
PowerPoint Presentation
.


 

Recent Award to NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Graduate– Christina Tierra Tyler

 

 

 

Christina Tierra Tyler, a Greensboro Area Mathematics and Science Eduation Center (GAMSEC) Pre-College Program graduate,
was awared the first annual William R. Hearst Scholarship by NC-MSEN Pre-College Prgram. Christina received $5,000 award
due to her exceptional academic achievement and active roles in community services and other extra curricular activities. Christian
graduated from Graham High School in Graham, NC and is a freshman at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her major is Biology.

 


2005 MSEN Day was a huge success!

 

 

 

 

The 2005 MSEN Day was held at Elizabeth City State University on Saturday, April 23rd. It was a huge success. Please click
to review the press release and a powerpoint slide show of pictrures for 2005 MSEN Day. (To view slide show, please use
Internet Explorer 6.0
.) In addition, please click to review a list of all winners.

 

Recent Award to NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Graduate – Adrienne Yancy

 

 

 

 

Adrienne Yancey who is a NC-MSEN Pre-College Program graduate, is currently in her junior year majoring in Chemistry at
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has recently been awarded the Social Entrepreneurs Fellowship grant. This grant
is designed to allow undergraduates to work with their faculty sponsors in assessing community needs, developing an innovative
service project that addresses those needs and collaborating with community members, and developing a detailed plan of action.
Through this grant, Adrienne hopes to give adolescents a more informative look at their minds and bodies during a time of physical
and mental development. To learn more about the grant and Andrienne’s mission, please visit
http://www.unc.edu/apples/students/fellowships/index.html
and http://www.unc.edu/apples/students/fellowships/fellows.html.

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Hosted 2005 JSHS


The 2005 North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) was held March 13 and 14 at The Friday Center
in Chapel Hill. The event was a success. Please click to review the press release and a powerpoint slide show of event pictrures.
(To view slide show, please use Internet Explorer 6.0.)

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2004 Major Events

MSEN Day 2004

The 2004 MSEN Day was held at Fayetteville State University on Saturday, May 15th.  Pre-College Program students from
across the state competed in mathematics, science, and other areas.  The event was a great success.  Please click on the
picture to learn more about and view the pictures of MSEN Day 2004. 

 

New NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Coordinator at NCSU

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program welcomes Mr. Braska Williams Jr. as the NCSU Pre-College Program coordinator.
Mr. Williams graduated from North Carolina State University (NCSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
He also earned a Master of Art in Mathematics Education from College of William & Mary at Williamsburg, VA. Prior to the
current position, Mr. Williams served as a Mathematics Technology Resource Teacher, with the Cooperating Hampton Roads
Organization for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME) Program; Acting Director for Newport News Public Schools Students
Teacher Excellence Program (STEP.com), a five-year, $4.8 million, project funded by National Science Foundation (NSF).
He is also a former high school mathematics teacher. His exceptional educational background and dynamic educational
management experiences will definitely bring abundant excitment and success to the Pre-College Program.

Former NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Graduate from North Carolina State University made public. Please click
http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/03_10/282.htm
for the news release.

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2003 Major Events

Fall Leadership Retreat 2003

The 2002 Pre-College Leadership Retreat was successfully held on October 3-4, 2003 at the Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC. 
Please click the link above to view the Retreat's overview and pictures

 

NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students
participated in a First NCSSSMST Sloan Summer Student Program


From July 7-15, 2003, six NC-MSEN Pre-College Program students participated in the First NCSSSMST Sloan Summer Student
Program that was hosted by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. This program was designed for eighth graders
who were ready for science and math action. There were a total of 20 participants from four states attending the program
(5/6 students representating each service region of the participating schools). Please click here to learn more about this special
summer program and view all pictures taken during the program
.


 
Professional development for Pre-College Program teachers - Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Training Sessions 2003



On June 9 - 12, 2003, a group of Pre-College Program teachers came to the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program headquarter at
CSLD in Chapel Hill, NC and participated in the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Institute provided by the Center of Excellence
for Research, Teaching, and Learning (C.E.T.R.L.)
. The Pre-College teachers and staff selected to attend contributed substantially
to the training. It was a great week of learning and sharing that can be transferred into Pre-College Program classes during the
Saturday and Summer programs. A follow-up sesssion has been scheduled for January 10, 2004. In the meantime, the teachers
have been asked to practice PBL with their classes prior to training other teachers on the PBL method. After the follow-up,
a plan will be in place for this cohort of teachers to become trainers in PBL. Thus, the entire Pre-College Program staff will
benefit from these individuals. Please click to see a PowerPoint presentation of the June 9-12 PBL training sessions.

 


PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM STATUS REPORT 2001-2002

Please click to view or download a PDF file

 


MSEN Day 2003

2003 MSEN Day was held at UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 26.  Keynote Speaker was Dr. Lee Jones.  Pre-College
students from across the state competed in mathematics, science, and other areas.  The event was a great success.  Please click
the link above to view the overview and pictures of MSEN Day 2003. 

 

Lecture by Dr. Julian M. Earls at Fayetteville State University

 

 

 

On March 22, 2003 Saturday morning, Dr. Julian M. Earls, Deputy Director of the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration's (NASA) Glenn Research Center was invited by Fayetteville State University (FSU),
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), and MU-SPIN to present a lecture to FSU, UNCC, and ECSU
Pre-College Program students at Fayetteville State University.  The title of Dr. Earls's lecture was "Excellence
Without Excuses".  His lecture was extremely powerful and inspirational.  To learn more about Dr. Earl's lecture
and his visit at FSU, please click http://nia.ecsu.edu/nrts/2003events/032202earls/earls.html.  Please also visit
http://mums.gsfc.nasa.gov/real/nls/jearls.ram
to listen to Dr. Earl's lecture live via webcast through the MU-SPIN server.


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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2002 Major Events

MSEN Day 2002

2002 MSEN Day was held at UNC-Charlotte on Saturday, April 20.  Keynote Speaker was Dr. Nat Irvin of Wake Forest University's
Future Focus 2020.  Pre-College students from across the state competed in mathematics, science, and other areas.  The event was
a great success.  Please click the link above to view the overview and pictures of MSEN Day 2002. 

 

Fall Leadership Retreat 2002

The 2002 Pre-College Leadership Retreat was successfully held on October 11-12, 2002 at the Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC. 
Please click the link above to view the Retreat's overview and pictures. 

 

First Annual OPT-ED Alliance Day 2002

First Annual OPT-ED Alliance Day was held at Jane S. McKimmon Center at NC State University on Friday, September 20, 2002. 
The special event was a big success and attracted approximately 600 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and program
sponsors.  Please click the link above to view the overview and pictures of 2002 OPT-ED Alliance Day. 

 

Closing the Gap:  Improving Minority and At-Risk Conference VI

The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program was represented at the Closing the Gap:  Improving Minority and At-Risk Conference VI
which was held April 8-10, 2002 at the Sheraton at Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.  The
Conference was open to all teachers, student services personnel, principals, superintendents, parents, school administrators,
school board members, university and college faculty, staff, and administrators, and community and business representatives. 
It was suggested that schools be represented by a team to include the principal, teachers, parents, and business or community
representatives.  The 2002 Conference had a major focus on closing the achievement gap and implementing the student
accountability standards.  Ms. Rita Fuller, NC-MSEN's Associate Director of Pre-College Programs, led a well-attended
session entitled "Fostering Mathematics and Science Achievement in Historically Underrepresented Populations:  A Model for
Academic Success".  Also participating in the presentation were Pre-College Coordinators Mr. Todd Bennett (Fayetteville State University),
Mr. Robert Berry (UNC-Chapel Hill), Mr. Victor Mack (UNC-Charlotte), Ms. Kara Manley (GAMSEC), and Ms. Carolyn Tyson
(N.C. State University).  To learn more about Closing the Gap, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/closingthegap/

 

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NC-MSEN Pre-College Program 2001 Major Events

MSEN Day 2001
 

Fall Leadership Retreat 2001

The 2001 NC-MSEN Pre-College Leadership Retreat was held at the Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville on
October 19-20, 2001.  Please click the link above to learn more.



QEM/MSE Award 2001

We congratulate Derrick Raphael, a PREP and Pre-College student who received an Excellence in Mathematics and/or
Science Student Award from the Quality Education for Minorities Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (QEM/MSE) Network
in Washington, D.C. on February 23.  Derrick is a senior and student body president at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville,
where he is enrolled in all Advanced Placement classes.  He also participated in the NASA Summer High School Research
Apprenticeship Program (SHARP PLUS) at Fayetteville State University in the summer of 2000.   Also honored was
Johnny L. Houston
, Senior Research Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University
and a former PREP preceptor, who received an Excellence in Mathematics and/or Science Teaching Award from the QEM/MSE
Network.  To learn more about QEM/MSE, please click http://qemnetwork.qem.org/.

 

Pre-College Research Experiences Program (PREP)

The increasingly high-paced introduction of new technologies and content present a challenge to science, mathematics,
and technology teachers who must communicate this information to their students. The NSF-sponsored Pre-College
Research Experiences Program (PREP) provides a chance for students AND teachers to get hands-on experience in research.
For six weeks in the summer, teams of teachers and students are paired with a research scientist or mathematician who helps in the
design and implementation of a research project. Students and teachers are exposed to cutting-edge research and technology and
current laboratory procedures, providing students with a leg up in pursuing careers in science and math and giving teachers new ideas
on how to bring inquiry-based science into their own classrooms.  To learn more about PREP, please visit
http://www.unc.edu/depts/msen/pc/prep.html

 

 

 
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