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Niveda Mahesh

Mar 11, 2024

Park Scholar Niveda Mahesh Seeks to Create Sustainable Change

Students in the College of Natural Resources work to solve urgent challenges at the intersection of the environment, economy and society. Niveda Mahesh, a freshman studying paper science and engineering and the founder/president of the nonprofit organization 4Girls 4Change, embodies this mission. 

The Memorial Belltower against the sky

Mar 11, 2024

RSVP for the Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society

The Park Scholarships program’s class of 2026 has invited Dr. Kristie Ebi to speak on climate change and health on March 27 in Talley Student Union. The Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture on Science and Society was established by its namesake’s former students, associates and friends in honor of Elkan’s 40-year career as a microbiology professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

the Memorial Belltower

Mar 1, 2024

Naji Husseini Wins University Teaching Award

Naji Husseini, Park Faculty Scholar for the class of 2026 and teaching assistant professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently honored with the 2024 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award. The award is presented annually by the Center for Faculty Excellence and recognizes the University of North Carolina System’s dedication to exceptional teaching and mentorship of both graduate and undergraduate students. 

The wolf wood sculpture in Talley Student Union

Mar 1, 2024

How BJ Ward ’09 Is Working To Improve Sanitation and Provide Safe Drinking Water Across the Globe

Ward, a member of Park Scholarships’ class of 2009 who majored in chemical engineering and minored in German, is currently a water/wastewater designer at an engineering consulting firm in Virginia Beach. She discusses her career path and how the Park program helped guide her to give back. 

Wolf Plaza during fall. Photo by Marc Hall

Feb 26, 2024

Welcome to Brittany Kachalia, Embedded Counselor

Brittany Kachalia is now an embedded counselor with the Park Scholarships Program, the Goodnight Scholars Program and the Caldwell Fellows Program, ensuring that students can receive many of the same services provided at NC State’s Counseling Center from someone more familiar with the culture and demands of their respective programs. 

The Memorial Belltower against the sky

Feb 26, 2024

Michael Dickey Named One of the Most Cited Researchers in the World

Michael Dickey, Park Advisory Committee member and Park Scholar mentor, was one of four College of Engineering professors who were recognized on Clarivate’s 2023 list of Highly Cited Researchers. Dickey is also a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 

Wolf Plaza statue "howling" at the sky

Jan 30, 2024

Park Scholarships Names Finalists for the Class of 2028

The Park Scholarships program has selected 112 finalists for its class of 2028. The finalists were chosen by the Park Scholarships Selection Committee, which includes more than 200 NC State alumni and friends, from over 3,200 applicants based on their accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character. 

Freddy Kelley and Molly Sue Smith posing for a photo among some flowers at the Memorial Belltower at Henry Square

Jan 30, 2024

Park Under-Resourced Assistance Names Two New Co-Presidents

The Park Under-Resourced Assistance (PURA) program has named two new co-presidents: Molly Sue Smith ’26 and Freddy Kelley ’25. PURA was founded in 2020 and provides a direct outlet of support for under-resourced applicants to NC State and the Park Scholarships program. 

Wolf Plaza

Jan 16, 2024

Turning Inclusivity Into Action

Park Scholar Kareena Sheshadri ’27 was recently named to the planning committee of the new NC State Educational Opportunities Program, a universitywide initiative that is administratively housed and managed in NC State’s College of Education. 

The Memorial Belltower against the sky

Jan 9, 2024

Park Scholarships Names Class of 2028 Semifinalists

The Park Scholarships program has selected 450 semifinalists for its class of 2028. Candidates were selected from an exceptionally talented pool of more than 3,200 individuals based on their outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.