Gina-Maria Pomann, an NSF and AT&T Graduate Research Fellow was awarded the University wide 2012 ‘Outstanding Student Award’ for her efforts to promote diversity and academic excellence on campus. As part of this work, she was awarded a grant by the graduate school to hold events focused on educating students about how to reach their academic goals.
The events will be run by two organizations on campus which she presides over, We Connect Now (WCN)-NCSU and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS)-NCSU. WCN-NCSU is an organization focused on raising awareness about and promoting the advancement of students with disabilities. SACNAS-NCSU is an organization focused on promoting the advancement of students with diverse backgrounds and particularly focuses on helping students pursue higher levels of education while achieving academic excellence.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, all students are invited to attend five events sponsored by the Graduate School: (1) a seminar about skills and tactics for taking the GRE; (2) a seminar given by Dr. David Shafer of the Graduate School about different types of funding for graduate study; (3) an event called ‘Speed Networking’ with an emphasis on teaching students the skills and the power of networking; (4) a graduate student panel about funding sources for graduate study; and (5) a mentoring lunch mixer with faculty.
Information about these organizations, their initiatives, and events can be found on their websites and Facebook pages. Volunteers are always needed to help plan and implement these events. Please feel free to contact either of the organizations if you would like to get involved!