CHHS Students Thrive as Charlotte Research and Community Scholars

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Engaging summer opportunities are an important part of the educational experience at the College of Health and Human Services, and help students prepare for successful careers in their respective fields. The Charlotte Research Scholars and Charlotte Community Scholars programs are two among many summer experiences available to UNC Charlotte students. Five public CHHS undergraduate students earned scholarships for summer 2017.

The Charlotte Research Scholars Program (CRS) is a summer program for high-achieving undergraduate students to gain experience in research and professional development in their field of interest. These opportunities are not typically available in the undergraduate classroom. This learn-by-doing model places an emphasis on graduate education and allows the scholars to put their experiential learning into practice, preparing them to excel in their future studies and research.CRSIn addition to mentored research activities, scholars participate in weekly professional development training to build skills critical to professional success. 

Charlottte Community Scholars (CCS) work directly with a faculty mentor and a community partner on an engaged scholarship project, participate in weekly professional development meetings with other UR students, and present their research findings at the annual Charlotte Research Symposium. During the 9-week program, students engage in community-based learning and professional development opportunities while reflecting on the challenges and rewards of working for the public good.  


Victoria Schoebel

Major: Public Health 

Summer Program: Charlotte Research Scholar

Topic: The influence of resilience and coping strategies on the mental health of gender minority individuals in Mecklenburg County

Mentor: Jessamyn Bowling, PhD


Angela Holland

Major: Public Health 

Summer Program: Charlotte Research Scholar

Topic: Evaluation of UNC Charlotte Financial Aid Recipient Food Purchasing Patterns

Mentor: Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RD


Nialah Sharp

Major: Public Health 

Summer Program: Charlotte Community Scholar

Topic: Assessing the Barriers to the Usage of Nutrition Assistance Programs at Cabarrus County Farmers Markets

Mentors: Corliss Solomon, PhD(c) and Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RD

Community Partner: Cabarrus Health Alliance


Taylor Hoover

Major: Public Health

Summer Program: Charlotte Community Scholar

Topic: Barriers to children nutrition and physical activity for parents in Iredell County

Mentors: Ligia Vasquez, PhD student and Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RD

Community Partner: Iredell Partnership for Young Children


Mia Storey

Major: Public Health

Summer Program: Charlotte Research Scholar

Topic: Public health policies and race relations in Savannah and Matanzas – a comparative perspective

Mentor: Oscar de la Torre, PhD

Mentor Department: Africana Studies


Jeffrey Manchester

Major: Biology, Minor: Public Health

Summer Program: Charlotte Research Scholar

Topic: Preliminary Findings from the Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial: Effects of Feedback on Estimates of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in Children with Persistent Asthma

Mentor: Andrew Harver, PhD


Gabriella Kroska

Major: Exercise Science

Summer Program: Charlotte Research Scholar

Topic: Regulation of skeletal muscle myogenesis and metabolism by Micro RNA

Mentor: Joseph S. Marino, PhD

Mentor Department: Kinesiology


Alexandria Ball

Major: Exercise Science

Early Entry Master’s: Kinesiology

Summer Program: Charlotte Research Scholar

Topic: Leadership preferences and measures of effectiveness

Mentor: Nicole Spoor, MPA and MIS

Mentor Department: Atkins Library