Dear Participants and Guests:

It is our distinct pleasure to welcome you to our Tenth Annual North Carolina Alliance to Create Opportunity through Education (NC OPT-ED) Alliance Day conference, scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2011 at the North Carolina State University Jane S. McKimmon Conference Center.  The theme for 2011 Alliance Day is “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences: Engaging Future Leaders for Global Excellence.” 

Alliance Day is sponsored by the NC Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).  It combines the resources of three universities:  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH).  This North Carolina Alliance has a formal network including all other NSF-HRD supported underrepresented minority (URM) programs in North Carolina: the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), Engineering Research Center (ERC), Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and the North Carolina Math Science Educational Network (NC MSEN), a K-12 program with sites on seven college campuses across the state. We have collaborated with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) as an external partner.  PARI is an institute which offers teachers and students in grades 8-12 a unique, live, hands-on inquiry based approach to learning through internet control of a 4.6 meter radio telescope as well as astronomy/engineering/environmental science challenges to our undergraduate and graduate students.   

The OPT-ED Alliance Day conference is a one-day interactive conference that serves as a forum to exhibit the research of undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and the social, behavioral and economic science (SBE) fields.  In addition, emphasis is placed on the attendance of middle and high school students who are our future pioneers in the STEM/SBE fields.  The event includes poster and oral research presentations, student and faculty panels, recruiting fair and special-topic breakout workshops.  The conference is also accessible to participants with disabilities. 

We would be honored to have you join us at the Tenth Annual NC OPT-ED Alliance Day conference.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Program Director and Alliance Coordinator, Larry Campbell via email at lecamp@email.unc.edu or (919) 843-6903.