At the Department of Chemistry, we feel strongly that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and we are deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community.
We support UNC's policy, which states that "the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of opportunity and pledges that it will not practice or permit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a long-held tradition of striving for excellence. A critical element for any twenty-first century educational institution is a diverse and inclusive community.
The vision of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to build and sustain an inclusive campus community and to foster a welcoming climate that values and respects all members of the University community. The mission of the Office affirms the University's commitment to diversity as a critical element of academic excellence.
The University of North Carolina has excellent opportunities for postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups interested in faculty positions.
The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity encourages faculty diversity by recruiting outstanding scholars to perform postdoctoral research at UNC Chapel Hill, with the goal of training the next generation of faculty scholars. Chemists interested in this program are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member whose research interests them. The application window typically opens in September.
Maribel Portillo is a rising UNC senior who is working in the laboratory of Professor Jeff Johnson as a McNair Scholar. Maribel is working with 3rd year Ph.D. student Robert Sharpe in the area of synthetic organic chemistry. Her research focuses on the preparation of analogs of the antitumor antibiotic natural product pactamycin. While this compound exhibits a promising bioactivity profile, toxicity limits its utility as a drug candidate. Maribel's work seeks to develop unnatural variants that retain the positive therapeutic attributes but reduce undesired toxicity.
The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 201 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to present graduate school as a real possibility for these students, thus increasing graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
Olivia Finster is visiting the department from Grinnell College in Iowa through the Undergraduate Summer Research Program of the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis, CENTC, a Phase III NSF Center for Chemical Innovation. The CENTC summer program is committed to providing research experiences for students from underrepresented groups or from institutions without ample research opportunities.
Working in the Miller Group, Olivia is performing research under the mentorship of first year graduate student Kate Pitman to synthesize and study homogeneous catalysts. Finster and Pitman are working to develop electrocatalysts for use in key steps in a CO2 reduction process. The research extends beyond Chapel Hill, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Washington and University of Michigan. The CENTC summer research program features weekly videoconferences where students get to know each other even though they are at distant institutions. UNC is proud to help sponsor such an innovative first research experience, which will certainly help Olivia pursue her dream of performing research in sustainability.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be at the 2013 SACNAS Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas from October 3-6. Please stop by our booth!
SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. It is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists —from college students to professionals— to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.
Carolina Chemistry will be at the 2013 NOBCChE Annual Conference. Please stop by our booth at the Career Fair on October 2!
NOBCChE, pronounced no-be-shay, is The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and was incorporated in 1975. NOBCChE's mission is to build an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology.
Professor Marcey Waters has been named a WOWS, Working on Women in Science, Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The program was initiated in 2007 and the award recognizes Professor Waters role as an outstanding mentor, researcher, scholar, teacher, and leader.
Women in Science and Engineering, WISE, was founded in 2012 by a group of six women chemists who sought to create a discussion-based organization open to all UNC students and postdocs wanting to learn more about gender equity in STEM careers. The aim of WISE is to promote thoughtful dialogue of gender issues as they relate to scientific settings.
The group holds monthly meetings focused on researching, critically analyzing, and proposing actionable remedies to a particular issue related to gender in science. Some topics covered include: stereotype threat, work/family life balance, negotiations, diversity, and the career paths of inspirational women scientists. WISE also provides platforms for community outreach, in order to educate about the real-life challenges that men and women face that arise out of inequality, misconceptions or outdated standards. The overall mission of WISE is to develop the tools to articulate these challenges in an effective manner based on current and accurate research, and to take steps to create positive change.