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Summers at NCCU

Ocean waves beating the shore, pushing sea shells closer for the pickings. Children playing volleyball and eating hotdogs from the grill. While these are the sounds of summer for many, this season is unique at the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at North Carolina Central University. Here, students enjoy other fun activities including learning about Biotechnology and careers in this new exciting field. Every summer, BRITE hosts a variety of professional workshops, biotechnologycamps, and other educational activities, which provide students the opportunity to experience hands on activities and talk with scientists about their work.

The program coordinators and educators strive to find exciting ways to engage students from elementary to high school with the hope of recruiting future scientists and potential Eagles. Notably, participating students are able to appreciate the practice of real world science. In addition, BRITE supervised three Mayor’s Youth Students for the summer. These students gained valuable knowledge of the BRITE program, the NCCU campus, and received beneficial skills which can be utilized in their professional development, with guidance from BRITE and the Office of Career Services. The success of BRITE’s program cannot be achieved without the support of NCCU’s student volunteers.

These students give up their summers to volunteer and assist with our visiting students. Our BRITE students have helped with the preparation of lab materials, served as hosts and lab tour guides, and assisted students with lab activities. They also serve as role models as they talk with visiting students about their own college experiences and give them insight on what it takes to be successful in college. We are grateful for our committed volunteers who continue to provide Eagle Excellence.

Published: Friday, September 15, 2017
by Assistant Director, Ruby S Messick
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