WSSU students to study in China

Two Winston-Salem State University students have been awarded fellowships to study in China this summer, WSSU said in a statement.

Aleus Carlo Llauder, a junior exercise science major and Chinese minor and graduate of Glenn High School in Winston-Salem, has received a $7,500 fellowship from the Carolina Asia Center.

The fellowship is awarded through the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Asia Center. He will study in Beijing.

“Studying abroad in Beijing with its different customs and traditions will be a new experience for me,” he said. “Also, taking an advanced Chinese class in mainland China is a challenge that I look forward to accomplishing.”

Georgina Dzikunu, a junior biology major and graduate of Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, has received a $5,000 fellowship to study at China’s Shangdong University.

Her research will focus on bats as model organisms for bio-inspired engineering.

Dzikunu said she’s excited about seeing the Great Wall and the fast trains in China.

“I am looking forward to working with people from different backgrounds and building lifetime connections,” Dzikunu said. “This grants me a diverse range of exposure that will sharpen my skills in research.”

WFU engineering emphasizes inclusivity

As its first group of engineering students declared their major this year, Wake Forest University achieved a student body that more accurately represents the U.S. population.

And that’s vital to creating an engineering industry that seeks solutions to the problems of all people as a matter of course, said Olga Pierrakos, the department chairwoman of Wake Forest’s engineering program, WFU said in a news release.

“Engineering really has not been a profession that has been accessible to everyone,” Pierrakos said. “Engineering exists to help people, to make processes more practical and user friendly. To do that, our engineers have to come from a variety of backgrounds.”

Two years after the engineering program opened its doors at Wake Downtown, 46 students have declared engineering as a major. The founding cohort had 54 students when they enrolled as first-year students, and there were 90 new first-year students this past academic year.

With increasing student enrollment, Wake Forest’s engineering faculty diversity also is growing, WFU said. Including the faculty members joining this summer, 60% are women, while the national average is 105. That’s a significant factor for attracting and retaining all students, but particularly women and underrepresented groups, WFU said.

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Compiled by John Hinton

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