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Amanda
Harris

Cohort 6

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Major: Computer Science, with a minor in African American and Diaspora Studies

Research Interest: Educational technologies



I developed inseparable bonds with members of my cohort and made unforgettable memories with members of my cohort while we lived together my freshman year.




WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

I was drawn to the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program because I believe it is imperative to have a support system of like minded individuals when pursuing a career in STEM especially as a person of color. This program instantly piqued my interest because I knew that becoming a Chancellor’s Science Scholar would translate to me automatically having a group of students and faculty at UNC that were invested in my career and academic success.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

My favorite CSS experience so far was living with the members of my cohort in the same dorm freshman year. Living with my cohort members allowed me to form strong bonds with members of my cohort so much so that my best friends here at Carolina are all part of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program. I developed inseparable bonds with members of my cohort and made unforgettable memories with members of my cohort while we lived together my freshman year.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

My experience with CSS has shaped my goals in that it made me realize I want to give back to my STEM community more. The support CSS has given me has been so impactful in my academic success, and it has influenced me to shape my career path in a way that would enable me to support underrepresented students pursuing STEM like CSS does for many students.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

I am primarily interested in research pertaining to how we can develop technologies that aid underrepresented populations digest STEM concepts more effectively.


AWARDS AND HONORS

  • CSS Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Grace Hopper Celebration Award