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MURAP student researchers

MURAP student researchers

Among the students presenting their research projects on campus this summer during MURAP (the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program), from left, are Katherine Wright, Keyana Parks and Camille Cabalo. MURAP, now in its 20th year, brings 22 undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country to Carolina for 10 weeks. The students work with faculty mentors to design and carry out individual research projects.

Wright, a senior from N.C. State University, examined the impact of parental incarceration on family development. Parks, a senior from Spelman College, explored the boundaries of black masculinity. And Cabalo, a junior from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studied the experimental use of Chinese immigrants as contract laborers on Southern plantations and why the effort failed.

Other student research included the effect of representations of women of color in the music industry on the self-image of young girls of color, the effects of zero tolerance on the juvenile justice system and post-traumatic stress disorder and urban community trauma.

MURAP’s overall goal is to increase the representation of ethnically diverse doctoral students in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences across the country. The program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding provided by Carolina’s Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.

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Scholarship recognizes
Carolina employee
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Anika Fisher will find it a little easier financially to attend Carolina this year. A senior from New Bern who is double majoring in communications and American studies, Fisher is the recipient of a scholarship awarded in recognition of long-time University employee Ron Taylor.

The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid honored Taylor, who worked at Carolina for 34 years before retiring in 2006, with a one-time scholarship in his name, which was awarded to a student with need.

“When Ron retired from Information Technology Services, he requested that he not be given a fancy going-away party, but rather that an equivalent amount of money be provided to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid to be given to a student instead. And that’s what happened,” said Shirley Ort, associate provost and director of scholarships and student aid.

Taylor returned to the University last year to work on the implementation of ConnectCarolina, the University’s new integrated administrative computer system. 

“His work on the new student information system has been a vital part of the project,” said Ort. “He has tremendous institutional knowledge and is as dedicated as they come. I kept thinking how best to recognize him. That’s when I came up with the idea of giving a one-time scholarship in his name.”

The $5,000 scholarship comes from unrestricted private sources and marks the first time an employee has been recognized in this way.

“Ron is a terrific example of the kind of dedicated, hard-working employee that makes Carolina such a special place,” said Larry Conrad, vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer. “I also want to thank the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid for supporting this unique way of recognizing Ron’s many accomplishments over the course of his career.”

Fisher said being considered for a scholarship that was named for a Carolina employee was an honor.

“I hope to attend graduate school for higher education administration. This type of effort bridges the gap between administrators and students,” she said.


Aug. 12 issue
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* *N.C. legislators’ commitment to higher education evident in budget

* *Bain report identifies areas to increase efficiency, reduce costs

* *Victoria Madden has an acumen for science and an affinity for people

* *Nelson Ferebee Taylor Residence Hall dedicated

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