At the Department of Chemistry, we feel strongly that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and we are deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community.
We support UNC's policy, which states that "the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of opportunity and pledges that it will not practice or permit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a long-held tradition of striving for excellence. A critical element for any twenty-first century educational institution is a diverse and inclusive community.
The vision of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to build and sustain an inclusive campus community and to foster a welcoming climate that values and respects all members of the University community. The mission of the Office affirms the University's commitment to diversity as a critical element of academic excellence.
The University of North Carolina has excellent opportunities for postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups interested in faculty positions.
The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity encourages faculty diversity by recruiting outstanding scholars to perform postdoctoral research at UNC Chapel Hill, with the goal of training the next generation of faculty scholars. Chemists interested in this program are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member whose research interests them. The application window typically opens in September.
Michael Zhou is a rising high school senior who is doing laboratory research this summer in the UNC Chemistry Department under the aegis of the American Chemical Society's Project SEED program. Michael is working with 2nd year Ph.D. student Sam Bartlett in the Johnson Group in the area of organocatalysis. Michael is searching for small molecule catalysts that mimic the action of enzymes but allow for a much broader substrate scope than enzymes typically do.
The The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it is like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare chance to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives.
Professor Marcey Waters has been named a WOWS, Working on Women in Science, Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The program was initiated in 2007 and the award recognizes Professor Waters role as an outstanding mentor, researcher, scholar, teacher, and leader.
Olivia Finster is visiting the department from Grinnell College in Iowa through the Undergraduate Summer Research Program of the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis, CENTC, a Phase III NSF Center for Chemical Innovation. The CENTC summer program is committed to providing research experiences for students from underrepresented groups or from institutions without ample research opportunities.
Working in the Miller Group, Olivia is performing research under the mentorship of first year graduate student Kate Pitman to synthesize and study homogeneous catalysts. Finster and Pitman are working to develop electrocatalysts for use in key steps in a CO2 reduction process. The research extends beyond Chapel Hill, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Washington and University of Michigan. The CENTC summer research program features weekly videoconferences where students get to know each other even though they are at distant institutions. UNC is proud to help sponsor such an innovative first research experience, which will certainly help Olivia pursue her dream of performing research in sustainability.
Chancellor's Eminent Professor Joe DeSimone was interviewed in connection with his receipt of the 2012 Walston Chubb Award for innovation. Diversity is one of the cornerstones in professor DeSimone's philosophy on how to maximize effort in the laboratory.
"There is no more fertile ground for innovation than a diversity of experience, and that diversity of experience arises from a difference of cultures, ethnicities, and life backgrounds. A successful scientific endeavor is one that attracts a diversity of experience, draws upon the breadth and depth of that experience, and cultivates those differences, acknowledging the creativity they spark," emphasizes DeSimone. Click below to listen to his views on diversity, innovation, and cross-disciplinary research.
Karen Gil, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, appointed Professor and Department Chair Valerie Ashby to head the College's Faculty Diversity Task Force. "Varied experiences will inform and ignite new knowledge and ideas," Dean Gil said. "We have made steady progress in hiring outstanding faculty who reflect our diverse world, but we need to do even more."
The College has already fulfilled three Task Force recommendations: the appointment of the Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives, the naming of a Diversity Liaison in every academic department of the College to work with the Director and the Dean’s Office, and the creation of a diversity section on the College web site that highlights news and resources concerning diversity.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be at the 2013 SACNAS Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas from October 3-6. Please stop by our booth!
SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. It is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists —from college students to professionals— to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.