Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

7th Annual VA-NC Alliance Research Symposium

Elizabeth City State University

April 6 to April 7, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daphne Y. Rainey

 Dr. Daphne Y. Rainey recently joined North Carolina Central University (NCCU) as Director of the new Integrated Biosciences PhD Program. Before joining NCCU, she served as Executive Director of STEM Advancement and Special Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at NC A&T State University where she worked to create a continuum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for grades 9-12 through undergraduate studies. Dr. Rainey brought her passion for STEM education from her work at the National Science Foundation.  As Program Director with the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education, Dr. Rainey served to develop faculty and institutional capacity in current trends in undergraduate education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the undergraduate level. There, she served as program lead for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program and as one of the team of program directors for the Math and Science Partnership Program dedicated to developing science and math capacity at the K-12 grade levels by incorporating University faculty. Prior to her work in STEM education, Dr. Rainey was a Bioinformatics Researcher at Virginia Tech, and in the plant biotechnology industry in The Netherlands. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Colorado, and graduated with Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.