Campus briefs, May 27

May. 26, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Two UNC students get Native American internships

CHAPEL HILL - Chelsea Barnes and Anthony C. Locklear II of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as 2014 Native American Congressional Interns by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. The 10-week internship is for Native American and Alaskan Native students who want to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Native Americans.

Barnes, of Hope Mills, is a rising senior majoring in political science and interpersonal/organizational communication studies. Locklear, of Pembroke, is entering his second year at UNC School of Law this year. Both are members of North Carolina's Lumbee tribe.

UNC student receives NOAA scholarship

CHAPEL HILL – Srishti Dasarathy, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, won an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

She’ll receive as much as $16,000 in academic assistance during her junior and senior years. The scholarship also provides a 10-week paid summer internship at NOAA or a partner facility.

Dasarathy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and marine science.

UNC shares STEM expansion grant

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of three universities sharing a $7.5 million grant for supporting education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The HHMI grant was awarded jointly to UNC, the University of Maryland - Baltimore County and Pennsylvania State University to enhance existing programs.

At UNC, the money will help expand and evaluate the Chancellor's Science Scholars program, which was launched in 2013.

UNC School of Government wins $7.1M pledge

CHAPEL HILL - The Local Government Federal Credit Union has pledged $7.1 million to the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for initiatives to support local governments around the state.

Chancellor Carol Folt announced the pledge during Thursday's meeting of the UNC Board of Trustees.

The School of Government's Development Finance Initiative will get $2.84 million over 10 years to help economically distressed North Carolina communities. The school also gets $2.04 million over 10 years to create an Innovation Fund for new and existing projects.

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