Successful STEM Program, Led by UVA, Nets New Grant to Expand

Posted: July 17, 2017, 12:00am

Laura Barnes, right, assistant professor in the UVA Department of Systems and Information Engineering, is mentoring Sarai Alvarez from George Mason University. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)Some undergraduate students conducted hands-on research in astronomy, discovering a new molecule in space. Others are developing software to test the structural integrity of bridges and roads or to advance health information technology. Still others have studied the fluid mechanics of dolphin and whale movement, or experimented with synthetic materials for wound healing. In a range of fields involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance, a nine-member consortium the University of Virginia created 10 years ago, has been boosting the number of underrepresented minority students and preparing them for graduate school and related careers. Since the program’s inception, the number of minority students earning undergraduate STEM degrees at participating schools has increased by more than 150 percent. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

UVA President Issues Statement Regarding KKK Rally

Posted: June 28, 2017, 9:32am

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan on Tuesday issued this message to the University community regarding a scheduled Ku Klux Klan rally on July 8 in Charlottesville

Book Documents the Struggles and Triumphs of UVA's Pioneering Black Students

Posted: June 16, 2017, 12:00am

Dr. Maurice Apprey, dean of UVA’s Office of African-American Affairs since 2006, procured a grant from the Jefferson Trust and worked with alumna Shelli M. Poe, now an assistant professor of religious studies at Millsaps College, to edit the volume as part of a larger project on the achievements of black students at UVA. The book’s core includes first-person narratives from seven graduates who attended the schools of Law, Medicine, Engineering and Education, plus an interview with two local black women whose families provided a home away from home for many of these early students. Framing the personal stories are a preface by Apprey; a foreword from UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan; an introduction by English professor Deborah McDowell, who directs the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies; and a historical overview of African-Americans at the University since its founding by library research archivist Ervin L. Jordan Jr. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Class of 2017: Sisterhood Sees These First-Generation Students to Graduation

Posted: May 17, 2017, 12:00am

Shontell and Tonyette White, 22 and 26 respectively, will walk the Lawn Sunday as part of the Class of 2017. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)Four years – and little else – separate these two sisters. This Sunday, Tonyette White will pass the baton to her younger sister, Shontell, when they both walk the Lawn as graduates of the University of Virginia. The elder sister is earning a Master of Education degree in counselor education from the Curry School of Education. Shontell will enter that program in August; for now, she is earning a B.A. in sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences and a B.S. in education, youth and social innovation from the Curry School. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

This A Capella Group Fuses English and Hindi Music, with Amazing Results

Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:00am

A capella group EktaalThe University of Virginia community loves a capella music. From the classiness of the Virginia Gentlemen to the robe-wearing Hullabahoos, all-vocal musical groups abound on Grounds and make student life more interesting with their own unique flair. Even in this diverse community, one group stands out from the rest. Founded in 1999, Ektaal is the University's only South Asian-American fusion a cappella group. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Abigail Lague)