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.
Carolina Professor Jillian Dempsey and Professor Brandi Cossairt with the University of Washington, have together launched the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network. The goal of the organization is to create a national network of women in academic chemistry to provide support, encouragement, and mentorship for young women considering careers in academia.
You are cordially invited to join the network. Please share this information with anyone you feel will be interested.
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.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill participated at the 2013 SACNAS Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas from October 3-6.
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.
The recent release of a report from the National Research Council, provides an ideal opportunity for considering what Professor Joseph DeSimone and his Project manager, Crista Farrell, have learned about the power of diversity and how their knowledge may be used in discussions of convergence as a conceptual framework for problem-solving and innovation in the 21st century.
Their article, Driving Convergence with Human Diversity, published in Science Translational Medicine, discusses the role and power of diversity in day-to-day research practices, and how to follow the NRC report's recommendation of "adopting inclusive attitudes toward diversity and using management strategies to foster diversity."
Michael Zhou is a rising high school senior who is doing laboratory research this summer in the UNC Chemistry Department under the aegis of the American Chemical Society's Project SEED program. Michael is working with 2nd year Ph.D. student Sam Bartlett in the Johnson Group in the area of organocatalysis. Michael is searching for small molecule catalysts that mimic the action of enzymes but allow for a much broader substrate scope than enzymes typically do.
The The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it is like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare chance to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives.
Congratulations to Professor Brian Hogan on winning the Latino Diamante Award in the Advocacy Category. Diamante, Inc. of North Carolina is one of the largest Hispanic philanthropic societies in the state. The Latino Diamante Award is a statewide program created to recognize outstanding achievements and honor people, like Brian, who are making significant contributions to the Hispanic community of North Carolina.
Brian Hogan was selected from a group of over one thousand nominees statewide, because of his demonstrated commitment to increasing access for Latinos in higher education through your directorship and leadership in the Scholars' Latino Initiative. The committee was impressed with Brian's continuing efforts to work with the Latino community to promote greater participation in math and science in an effort to prepare the next generation of Hispanic scientists. Further, Brian's global efforts to bring impoverished Guatemalan youth to the United States for High School while simultaneously working in Central America to build schools and improve womens' literacy are truly laudable and worthy of this prestigious recognition.