NCCU Student Receives PETA Science Group Award

Posted March 31, 2022, 12:45PM
NCCU student London Harper (photo courtesy of PETA Science Consortium International e.V.)

North Carolina Central University student London Harper has received the 2022 Student Award for Travel and Mentorship in Non-Animal Toxicology Award from the PETA Science Consortium International e.V.

As part of the award, Harper, a sophomore biomedical sciences major from Maryland attended the 61st annual Society of Toxicology conference and engaged in various mentoring and professional development opportunities with PETA scientists. The meeting took place in San Diego, Calif., from March 27 to March 31.

“I was very excited to learn more about various types of science research outside of the classroom, while meeting mentors who will be able to help guide me in my academic career and beyond,” said Harper. “Science is always evolving and I want to expand my knowledge beyond animal testing methods.”

She credits her mother for inspiring her to major in the sciences and continue on to a doctoral program.

“My mother always encouraged me to never give and fight for my dream to one day become a research scientist,” said Harper. “My ultimate goal is to open up a research lab in a developing nation where they don’t have access to certain resources.”

A well-rounded student, Harper is engaged on campus and in the Durham community. She is a member of NCCU’s University Honors Program and volunteers with the 11:11 Durham organization, which pairs up with NCCU students to serve the larger community.

The PETA Science Consortium International e.V. advances animal-free approaches with a focus on regulatory tests that protect human health and the environment. Additionally, they collaborate with other scientists to create a world in which robust toxicological assessments are conducted without using animals.

For more information about the PETA Science Consortium International e.V., visit

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The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the NCCU Student Center Event Hall at 500 Nelson St.