August 24

Week 3 starts with a pause in classes.  Some of you are settled, some of you are not.  It may be a really stressful time for you right now, and this email is not meant to add to that.  Constantly consuming information like this can sometimes be just.too.much. So read this now, or not – it will always be available on the Listserv Archive too.  If you make your wellness a priority, getting organized might be a little easier.  Ask for help when you need it.  Take care of yourselves and wear your mask!

Ms. Mary-Charles Horn, M.A.
Health Professions Advisor
Pronouns:  she, her, hers​

  1. Upcoming Virtual Events: Information Sessions and Virtual Workshops 
  2. ECU Chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA):  Better Together Mentor Program
  3. Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy (MFLIP)
  4. Campbell University:  60 Minutes with CUSOM
  5. HHIVE Lab:  Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 and Nationwide Protests
  6. Student Organizations:  Carolina Scientific, UNC JOURney and more
  7. Campus Events:  UNC Academic Advising, University Career Services, Office of Undergraduate Research 
  8. Honors Carolina:  Talk + Action series:  Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systemic Racism
  9. Other great Listservs/Resources/Online Community Spaces

1.  Virtual Fairs, Virtual Admissions Events, and Webinars

August

September


2. ECU Chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA):  Better Together Mentor Program

The ECU Chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) would like to formally announce the launch of its mentorship program, known as the “Better Together Mentor Program.” The application to sign up to become a mentee can be found below and will close at midnight on August 31st. This program will match interested predental students to a current ECU dental student and will include AADSAS application help sessions, information sessions on ECU School of Dental Medicine, networking opportunities (socially distanced while applicable) and many other activities. We also encourage predental students to attend District and National ASDA Events, which is a great way to get involved in the dental community before being admitted to a program. If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Corey Winkler (winklerc15@students.ecu.edu), Victoria Hardy (hardyv10@students.ecu.edu) or Amir Taha (Tahaa12@students.ecu.edu).


3.  Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy (MFLIP)

MFLIP is an opportunity for undergraduate students intested in pharmacy to form a partnership with a current pharmacy student. Your pharmacy student mentor will help you navigate the road to pharmacy school. Meet with your mentor one-on-one throughout the semester. Attend events to learn more about the diverse world of pharmacy.

GBM Meetings:

  • GBM #1: Thursday, Sept 24, 6:00-6:50, Kerr 1001*
  • GBM #2: Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-6:50, Kerr 2001*
  • GBM #3: Tuesday, November 17, 6:00-6:50, Kerr 2001*
  • *Virtual Meeting available

Questions? Email: mflip.unc@gmail.com Facebook @UNCMFLIP Heellife: Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy


4.  Campbell University:  60 Minutes with CUSOM

Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting several opportunities in September and October for prospective applicants and advisors to learn about the various departments in our program. We are calling these events: “60-minutes with CUSOM.” During these 60 minute virtual sessions, attendees will be able to chat with faculty, staff, and current students about the work our community is doing in their respective departments.

Some of the departments scheduled to host sessions are the Academic Center for Excellence, Behavioral Health, Anatomy, Community and Global Health, and more!

While these sessions will be informational, we hope this time will provide an opportunity for applicants and advisors to build connections and learn more about our Campbell community.

Please follow this link to sign-up


5.  Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 and Nationwide Protests

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined an ugly light on the longstanding racial and ethnic health disparities that persist in our country. Coupled with the televised murder of George Floyd, these events have sparked a renewed racial reckoning in America. In his talk, Dr. Tweedy will explore the dilemma of race within the medical school and hospital setting, highlighting the challenges faced by black patients and black doctors while reviewing recent developments and reforms in the field.

About the speaker:

Damon Tweedy, MD is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff psychiatrist within the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. He completed both medical school and his specialty training at Duke. Within the VA system, he directs a team of mental health providers working in primary care clinics. At the medical school, he leads a behavioral health seminar for second-year medical students and is a small group leader for another course that introduces these students to advanced aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Tweedy has written extensively about the intersection of race and medicine, both in academic journals and in popular print publications including a recent op-ed in The New York Times. His 2015 book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, made the New York Times bestseller list and was selected by TIME Magazine as a top non-fiction book that year.

Health Humanities Grand Rounds events will be held via Zoom webinar this fall. These events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register or visit https://tinyurl.com/HHGRTweedy

If you have questions, please contact the HHIVE Lab at hhive.unc@gmail.com.


6.  Student Organizations:  Upcoming Events

UNC JOURney

Want to get involved with UNC JOURney, the only undergraduate research journal on campus? We publish student research in the health sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Check us out at uncjourney.unc.edu! We have open positions for publicity team members, social sciences editors, natural science editors, and humanities editors. For more information, check out our application: UNC JOURney Application 2020

Carolina Scientific 

We are looking to recruit new members to design, illustrate, write, and copy edit for our fall issue of Carolina Scientific, UNC’s premier scientific magazine. It’s entirely written and edited by undergrads about cutting-edge science research at UNC.

Learn how to get involved at our interest meeting on August 26th from 5-6 PM.  We’ll talk about writing, illustrating, designing, and blogging. In addition, we have mandatory writer’s workshops on August 31st  from 5-6pm and September 1st from 8:00-9:00, and you are required to attend one of these workshops in addition to the interest meeting to be able to design/edit/write for us this semester. Hopefully we can help hone your science writing skills and get you published in our magazine by the end of the semester! Check out all of our previously published issues at carolinascientific.org.

  • The Zoom link for all of these meetings is: https://unc.zoom.us/j/7386247831?pwd=UkZSR09aSDZZaTFaV3FrUUlBSmtxdz09
  • If you can’t make the interest meeting please email us.  For questions, email Divya (divdi@live.unc.edu) or Andrew (ase2998@live.unc.edu).

Pre-Pharmacy Club

Pre-Pharmacy Club is a club for undergraduates at UNC to engage with the field of pharmacy and learn more about opportunities in the field. We have opportunities for students to interact with current pharmacy students, pharmacists, professors at the School, and participate in hands-on events (like making your own medication!). The club also helps students prepare and prep for pharmacy school applications by offering PCAT discounts and mock interviews. For the fall, all of our meetings will be virtual due to COVID-19, but we still have exciting GBMs planned!

Peer2Peer Support

Given the unprecedented semester, Peer2Peer is here to support you. Peer2Peer provides virtual 1:1 peer support for UNC graduate and undergraduate students with the option of remaining anonymous. We have Peer Responders with a variety of lived experience who are happy to talk and listen to anything and everything that may be on your mind from academic stress and mental health to peer relationships, loneliness, frustration or just some solidarity. Peer2Peer encourages you to reach out to any of our responders at any point in the semester. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!

https://peer2peersupportnc.weebly.com/

Delta Delta Sigma (DDS), UNC Pre-Dental Honor Society

  • Fall 2020 Interest Meeting on Tuesday, August 25th at 7p.m.
  • To add yourself to the interest member listserv please fill out the Google form. We will send out an email with more information in the next couple of weeks.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our President, John Kwiatkowski (johnkwia@live.unc.edu) or our Vice-President, Parker Norman (parkern@live.unc.edu)! We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! For more information, please check out our website!

Undergraduate Healthcare Club

#Fight4Her Digital Campaign and Summit, Aug. 29th

  • Do you want to stand up for the reproductive rights of people around the world? Are you looking to gain the skills and knowledge required to make a true impact on reproductive freedom? Do you want to learn directly from professional organizers on how to make a difference in the #Fight4HER?  Then join us for our Digital HER Summits! You will hear from experts on reproductive rights, grassroots organizing, candidate engagement, Get Out The Vote efforts, and how to effectively #Fight4HER.  Apply here. 

Healthy Hands Initiative

  • The Healthy Hands Initiative invites you to apply to our Executive Board!
  • We are seeking ~6 compassionate, hardworking students to join our team this Fall to largely help with raising funds by working on applications for project funding. We have two position types open: Vice President of External Affairs and External Affairs Committee Member. More information about these positions and our organization are described in the application.
  • Feel free to reach out to us at HealthyHandsInitiative@gmail.com or @HealthyHandsInitiative on Instagram if you have any questions!

7.  Campus Resources:  UNC Academic Advising, University Career Services, Office of Undergraduate Research

First Year Student Workshops:  UNC Academic Advising

First Year Students!  Learn how to partner with UNC Academic Advising for your course planning needs, connection to resources, and get answers to other questions you may have.  Register for a virtual, First Year Student Workshop created just for you:

University Career Services:  Virtual Employer & Alumni Student Career Development Events

Handshake Registration links for September Virtual Career Fairs

Office of Undergraduate Research

New Listings in the OUR Database

  • We are adding undergraduate research opportunities to the OUR Database of Research Opportunities weekly, so check here regularly to find professors looking for undergraduate research support.

McNair Scholars Info Sessions

  • The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds, or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. If you are interested in becoming a McNair Scholar, click here to learn more and to find out about upcoming info sessions.

Questions About Research?

  • Click here to learn more about how to get involved in research, or make an appointment with an OUR staff member (Dr. Bob Pleasants or Dr. Boots Quimby) to ask questions and to chart your next steps, especially in the changing landscape of fall 2020. We love talking with students!

8.  Honors Carolina:  Talk + Action series:  Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systemic Racism

Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systemic Racism.

Today, the longstanding realities of systemic racism are being laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing police violence. Issues of injustice and inequality are broad, deep, and interconnected.  We invite all Carolina faculty, students, and staff to come together for six topical discussions with faculty experts and six hours of action designed to marshal knowledge in the fight against racism.

More details and links to RSVP for each week are available here:

https://honorscarolina.unc.edu/structures-of-inequality/


9.  Other great Listservs / Resources / Online Community Spaces

Campus Y

Carolina Center for Public Service

Diversity & Inclusion:  Centers, Caucuses, and Committees

Center for Global Initiatives

Office for Undergraduate Research

Study Abroad

The Writing and Learning Center

Undergraduate STEM Listserv:  send an email to ugstem-submission@unc.edu