2020 News

N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Changes Name, Expands Curriculum

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

The newly renamed Department of Computational Data Science and Engineering (CDSE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is changing more than just its name. The updated master’s program, now called Data Science and Engineering, and the updated doctoral program, Computational Data Science and Engineering, both offer new courses and focuses relevant to the future of engineering disciplines.

N.C. A&T Engineering Senior Named a Winner of Poster Competition at National Conference

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

Mechanical engineering senior, Chelsea Wilson, had an extraordinary finals week at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to her many rigorous exams, she virtually attended and was named a winner of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative conference poster competition. The C3E recognizes outstanding women leaders and accomplishments in clean energy for the goal of closing the gender gap and increasing the participation, leadership and success of women in clean energy fields. Seven out of 31 presenters were announced poster winners. For Wilson, this accomplishment confirms that whatever industry or educational path she pursues, she will excel.

N.C. A&T Researchers Continue Development of Science Capital Assessment Tool for HBCU STEM Students

12/28/2020 in College of Science and Technology, Biology

According to a 2018 Pew Research Center analysis, Blacks represented only 9% of employees in STEM-related fields. One study has also shown that Black and Hispanic students either transfer or drop out of these programs at higher rates than white students. Researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are addressing these challenges by developing an assessment tool to measure historically Black colleges and universities students’ science capital and leverage the information to create strategies that enhance their motivation and retention in STEM.

N.C. A&T, Verizon Address Digital Divide through Virtual STEM Academy, Provide Equipment for Local Students


The pandemic highlights disparities in access, including access to technology for young students who were thrust into remote learning. In response, leaders at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University established a virtual STEM academy for the summer and academic school year and provided laptops to 60 students at Allen Middle School after receiving a $50,000 COVID-19 relief grant from Verizon.

Addressing Diabetes-associated Health Disparities: A Wake-up Call Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

12/22/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults living with diabetes are at an increased risk of experiencing severe illness or complications when exposed to COVID-19. The disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and disproportionately affects minority ethnic groups and economically disadvantaged populations. Type 2 diabetes is driven by the obesity crisis. Obesity prevalence is especially pronounced in many Southeastern states, including North Carolina. The North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC), a consortium comprised of Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Duke University, hosted a successful virtual workshop for faculty members from academic research institutions in North Carolina and surrounding states during Diabetes Awareness Month. The focus of this year’s workshop was “Addressing Diabetes-related Health Disparities in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” N.C. A&T leads the NCDRC Enrichment Program, which organized the workshop.

Three N.C. A&T Colleges Partner to Establish ‘February One Scholars’ Program

12/21/2020 in Admissions, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences

As part of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s historic donation to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, three of the university’s colleges have partnered to provide new full scholarships that will be available to eligible students starting next fall, delivering immediate impact for Scott’s visionary investment.

ESPN to Rebroadcast Aggies’ 2019 Celebration Bowl Championship Game


ESPN Events will host a virtual watch party of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Aggies’ 2019 Celebration Bowl football championship game Thursday, Dec. 10, from 8 to 11 p.m. The game against the Alcorn State University Braves will re-air simultaneously on ESPNU.

N.C. A&T’s COAACH shines a light on National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month


When President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than two million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the time. Today, that number has soared to nearly six million people. This month aims to increase the general public’s understanding of the disease, the impact it has on the person directly affected and their caretakers, and highlight potential care options and best practices. The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is dedicated to providing support to African Americans and other vulnerable communities living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, along with educating them, their families and caregivers.

North Carolina Poet Laureate To Headline Discussion on Reclaiming Peace 

11/18/2020 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Journalism & Mass Communication English

The Department of English will host a virtual program, “Claiming/Reclaiming Peace” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The discussion will feature Jaki Shelton Green, The North Carolina Poet Laureate; CJ Suitt, Chapel Hill Poet Laureate; and Ta’Mia King, Aggie Poet Laureate. The program will be an evening of conversation centered on intergenerational perspectives on social justice and creative arts. 

N.C. A&T Partners with Arch MI to Provide Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships

11/13/2020 in College of Business and Economics, College of Science and Technology

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has established a five-year partnership with Arch Mortgage Insurance Co. (Arch MI) to provide scholarship support, internship and fellowship opportunities to students in the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics and the College of Science and Technology (COST).

N.C. A&T Names Hwang Director of Institutional Research


North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced Li-Shyung “Lily” Hwang, Ed.D., has been named director of institutional research in the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OSPIE), effective Nov. 16.