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SPIRE scholars work collaboratively to plan and host the Annual Distinguished Scholar Seminar for the academic community and undergraduate students from SPIRE’s partner institutions. This event brings a distinguished science researcher, educator, administrator, or policy maker to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to address issues relating to science education and diversity.

Past Distinguished Scholars include:

Dr. Zuleyma Tang-Martinez
Professor of Biology, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Dr. Julio Ramirez
R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Dr. Todd Coleman
Associate Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Rob Dunn
Professor of Biology, North Carolina State University
Dr. Catherine Drennan
Professor of Chemistry & Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Diane Ebert-May
Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University
Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan
Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College/HHMI
Dr. Mark Forsyth
Professor of Biology, College of William & Mary
Dr. Ben Cuker
Professor of Marine and Environmental Studies, Hampton University
Dr. Marian Johnson-Thompson
Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Joseph Dunbar
Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, Wayne State University
Dr. Shirley Malcom
Head, Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. George Langford
Professor of Natural Sciences, Dartmouth University
Dr. Howard Adams
Professional Mentor and Educator
Dr. Juliette Bell
Professor of Chemistry, Fayetteville State University

Undergraduate students meet with the DSS speaker and attend the keynote seminar. Their visit to UNC-Chapel Hill also includes activities designed to promote their interest in scientific research, including:

  • Meeting faculty members from UNC-Chapel Hill’s graduate programs
  • Attending an information session on undergraduate summer research programs
  • Joining a roundtable discussion with graduate students and postdocs
  • Touring research labs at UNC-Chapel Hill