Due to the generous support of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Morehead is training 50 scientists each year, most of whom represent underrepresented populations in STEM, how to communicate their passion for what they do to diverse audiences across the state. The “Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication through Science” program – IMPACTS – selects, trains and cultivates these science ambassadors. Scientists that complete this program become official Morehead Science Ambassadors.
To help foster IMPACTS, Morehead has partnered with three Universities: Elizabeth City State University, UNC Pembroke and Winston-Salem State University. These partners help in making connections to scientists and professionals in STEM fields, and in organizing symposiums and expos that will attract audiences that need to see that scientists look just like them.
IMPACTS will have a presence at Elizabeth City State University during its Research Week, April 3-7, 2017.
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.