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Draelos White Coat Ceremony

On Friday afternoon, June 24th, the Summer 2022 Draelos Science Scholars program kicked off at the JSNN with a White Coat Ceremony.  Drs. Michael and Zoe Draelos, who have provided the funding for the program since its inception in 2016, bestowed on each high school student participant a white laboratory coat embroidered with the scholar’s name, much like students who begin Medical School do.  The ceremony marks the beginning of the six-week internship program taking place between June 27th and August 5th, with ten JSNN faculty members hosting a total of 13 students, who will contribute to ongoing research projects in materials science, chemistry, biology, and related fields.  Four additional students will work with faculty from UNCG’s Chemistry and Psychology Departments.

The White Coat Ceremony program also included introductory remarks by Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering Kristen Dellinger, who coordinates the program at the JSNN, and greetings by Mr. Paul Lessard, founding president of the High Point Community Foundation, which administers the Draelos Science Scholars program through a donor advised fund.  The keynote address was given by Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement at UNCG, who described some milestones of her career path as a scholar, teacher, and college administrator, and provided some useful advice and words of encouragement for the budding scientists and engineers in the audience.