The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for undergraduate research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program was created to encourage students to pursue careers or advanced degrees in these fields and to promote greater diversity by making it possible for students, including underrepresented students (new American, low-income, first generation, and/or minority college students) to participate in undergraduate research opportunities. The awards are funded by the NCICU Undergraduate Research Endowment. The endowment was established through a gift from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and other corporate and foundation entities.
The following students have been awarded North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Undergraduate Research Grants for 2016:
- Jenna Dafgek, an Elon University senior from Tolland, CT majoring in Biology;
- Nicole De Naeyer, a Meredith College senior from Pinehurst, NC, majoring in Biology;
- Cameron Dixon, a St. Andrews University senior from Garrardstown, WV, majoring in Biology;
- Georgi Krastev, a St. Andrews University senior from Pinellas Park, Florida, majoring in Biology;
- Abigail Leonard, a N.C. Wesleyan College senior from Tabor City, NC, majoring in Exercise Science;
- Christopher Lile, a Gardner-Webb University senior from Waynesville, NC, majoring in Biology and Psychology;
- Carmen Mesa, a Guilford College junior from Greensboro, NC majoring in Biology;
- Crystal Sarnor, a Chowan University senior from Monrovia, Liberia majoring in Biology; and
- Lewis Wrenn Woodard, a Chowan University senior from Pendleton, NC, majoring in Biology.