Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Annual Symposium

2020 VA-NC Alliance Undergraduate Research Symposium: "Pathways to Excellence in STEM"

April 5, 2020 to April 6, 2020

Update 3/11/2020: The symposium has been suspended due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Next steps will be announced once plans have been formalized.

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Conference Details:

The 12th Annual VA-NC Undergraduate Research Symposium will be hosted at Johnson C. Smith University, April 5th - 6th, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Registration is closed until further notice.

Hotel & Accommodations:

Please contact the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte in order to cancel your accomodations. 

Keynote Speaker: Joan E. Higginbotham

Joan Higginbotham is a retired astronaut who worked at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Ms. Higginbotham served onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, logging over 308 hours and primarily operated the Space Station Remote Manipulator System. She also oversaw experiments on Space Shuttle Columbia and is noted for having participated in 53 shuttle launches. Ms. Higginbotham received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Masters of Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Space Systems from Florida Institute of Technology.