IMPACTS: Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication through Science

Thanks to the generous support of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Morehead recruits and trains 50 scientists each year in public communication. The goal of this program is to have scientists who reflect the diversity of our state ready and willing to communicate their passion for science to diverse audiences. IMPACTS, or the “Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication through Science” program, cultivates STEM professionals from colleges, universities, businesses and government. These scientists then go on to become official Morehead Science Ambassadors.

In our first year, through the work of the NC Science Festival, Morehead has partnered with three Universities: Elizabeth City State University, UNC Pembroke and Winston-Salem State University. These invaluable partners are integral to recruiting scientists, and organizing public events where audiences can see scientists that look just like them.


IMPACTS will have a presence at Elizabeth City State University during its Research Week, April 3-7, 2017.

IMPACTS science ambassadors from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill will participate in a STEMville symposium on April 8 and the UNC Science Expo on campus April 22.

UNC Pembroke is hosting an IMPACTS STEMville symposium March 17, and they are planning an expo for Fall 2017.

Winston-Salem State University will hold an expo on April 11.

This is the first year of IMPACTS and it’s making great strides! For more information on how you can be involved email our IMPACTS coordinator here.

IMPACT Science Ambassadors