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Research and Creative Inquiry Day Winners from the Department of Chemistry

The following students were winners at our Research and Creative Inquiry Day that was held in April 2020:


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Rural Re-imagined Success Story with Mr. Thomas Turner and Mrs. Ann Marie Carrick

The Rural Re-imagined Grand Challenge is excited to share the success story of Mrs. Ann Marie Carrick and Mr. Thomas Turner for their implementation of rural re-imagined into their Spring UNPP 2020 courses. Mrs. Carrick and Mr. Turner developed the course, titled “Rural Healthcare Exploration,” to allow students in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences programs to work with local doctors and volunteer in healthcare settings to explore the importance, challenges, and changes in healthcare within rural areas. UNPP 2020 students shadow professionals, volunteer in rural areas, and ask questions revolving around rural medicine, such as questions regarding doctors’ opinions on what efforts could alleviate the problem of limited access to a variety of practitioners in their areas. The courses are an opportunity for students to learn, reflect, and discuss their findings in a panel, while it simultaneously sparks inspiration in the students to work in rural areas after earning their medical degrees. Mr. Turner states that he hopes through seeing problems in rural medicine up close, students will maintain the mindset of, “Wow, that is something we could help with someday!” Stay tuned for updates, and wings up Mrs. Carrick and Mr. Turner!  

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Grand Challenge: Rural Re-imagined Faculty Success Story with Dr. Jeffrey Boles

Within a year of the Grand Challenge initiative, many faculty have incorporated Rural Re-imagined into their coursework and research. In the fall semester, Dr. Boles successfully integrated the Grand Challenge into four university connection classes through rural healthcare related challenges. Sixty students, instructed by Dr. Boles, Dr. Coonce, Dr. Carrick, and Dr. Turner, researched solutions and disseminated results to rural problems through flyers, posters, and educational presentations. Dr. Boles loves the Grand Challenge, and he believes that “integrating Rural Reimagined into our pre-health science first year experience courses introduces it to new students.” Wings up, Dr. Boles! Stay tuned to Tech Times for upcoming faculty success stories, and contact Kinsey Potter at to learn more about incorporating the Grand Challenge into your future courses.

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