Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. 

About the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance

The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation strives for diversification of the Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, with an emphasis on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees and matriculating to graduate school. Each of the nine partner institution programs offers individually tailored recruitment, retention, and enhancement activities to support students such as bridge programs,stipends, symposia, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, and research experiences.

Alliance Partners

Bennett College

Elizabeth City State University

George Mason University

Johnson C. Smith University

PVCC Community College

Saint Augustine's University

University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

Student Spotlight

ECSU Senior, Shunafrica White, Investigates the Application of Mechatronics to an Affordable Robotic Arm

Shunafrica White is a senior at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina majoring in engineering technology with a concentration in mechanical engineering. Originally from Atlanta, Shunafrica spent her summer at the University of Virginia conducting research over eight weeks in the Mechatronics Lab under the mentorship of Professor Gavin Garner in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She worked on designing, testing, and building a robotic arm with the goal of making prosthetics more readily available and less expensive for the general public. Shunafrica’s research is important given that the current cost of a prosthetic robotic arm is about $2 million. Reflecting on her experiences as a VA-NC Alliance Summer Researcher, Shunafrica said: "I am very thankful to have had this research opportunity. It allowed me to apply all the knowledge that I have learned in my engineering courses to a real world application."

News & Announcements

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2016 VA-NC Alliance Undergraduate Research Symposium “Navigating Transitions in Your Academic Career”