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Students Supporting Students. Medical Students Lend Guidance to Aspiring Doctors Doug Boyd
What started as a class project has turned into a mentoring program involving East Carolina University medical students and local high school and college students. It's called the Brody Ambassadors program, and its participants help aspiring medical students hone their academics, choose the best classes to take and get ready to apply for medical school.


A Glass Half Full? ECU Alumna Shares Lessons Learned After Paralyzing Injury Justin Boulmay
Rachelle Friedman Chapman's wheelchair is a reminder not to take any day for granted, and it's a message that the internationally recognized motivational speaker sought to impress on ECU students and staff during a visit to campus.
Competing Teams. High School Students Test Engineering Skills at ECU Kathryn Kennedy
Nearly 75 high school students from eastern NC crunched numbers and engaged in creative thinking exercises during a national competition hosted at ECU. ECU's College of Technology and Computer Science has hosted the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science program for four years.
Dental School Receives Federal Grant for Telemedicine
The ECU School of Dental Medicine will use a USDA grant to expand its rural residency program by implementing a telemedicine system. The system will allow dental residents to receive academic lessons via teledentistry equipment while working at three rural clinics in underserved areas.
Early Exposure. High School Students Explore STEM Majors at ECU Kathryn Kennedy
Approximately 100 high school students visited campus April 19 to participate in High School STEM Day activities highlighting the unversity's science, technology, engineering, and math programs.
Global Partners. Educators Plot Future of ECU Cultural Understanding Courses Kathyrn Kennedy
Representatives from Iraq, Japan, Nigeria, and a dozen other nations are at ECU for the fifth annual Global Partners in Education Conference. The conference connects international educators and technical specialists offering students the ability to virtually meet with and learn from their peers around the world through a course on global understanding.
Graduate Programs in Nursing, Business Named Among Best in Nation Crystal Baity
Two graduate programs at ECU, the master's or doctorate of nursing practice and the online MBA program, have been named in the nation's top 20 online education programs in a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
High Achievers. ECU Students EXCEL in First Semester Kathryn Kennedy
New ECU students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher in their first semester were honored with inclusion in the ECU EXCELS program. EXCELS connects high achieving students with faculty members conducting research, volunteer and leadership opportunities, and professional organizations within their field.
Living and Learning. ECU Students Bond over Majors, Interests in Housing Communities Crystal Baity and Kathryn Kennedy
More than 380 ECU students will enter one of 9 living-learning communities this fall. Some of the living-learning communities are major based - like music and the new College of Business living-learning communites - while others, like the Jarvis Leadership Program, stretch across academic disciplines.
Scholarships Bolster Science Majors Kathryn Kennedy
A national grant totaling more than $500,000 will fund scholarships for 24 high-achieving students demonstrating financial need to study biochemistry and science at ECU.
University Recognized for Diversity, Inclusion Efforts Jeannine Manning Hutson
ECU was named as a recipient of the first Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.


'Captured' by the Feds Ernest Marshburn
Five ECU faculty members have been working with different federal agencies as part of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program, illustrating the respect and reputation of ECU's growing research enterprise.
Camp Hopes to Fuel Science, Math Interest in STEM2 Girls Jeannine Manning Houston
The first STEM2 Girls Conference brought eighth-grade girls from 11 Pitt County schools to ECU's campus to encourage the girls to pursue advanced math and science courses during high school.
Center Unveils Lending Library, Virtual Network for Teachers
The Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education at ECU has created a lending library for teachers in the region to have access to resources not available in their schools. The Center has also created an online collaboration system, TeachNET, that lets teachers across the region collaborate, access content-level experts and share lesson plans and ideas all online from their work or school computers.
ECU Engineering Program Receives $600,000 NSF Grant
A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund scholarships for ECU engineering students and underwrite critical student research and collaboration with national scholars.
ECU Grows an Outpost in Italy
ECU's Italy Intensive's program, begun four years ago as a summer enrichment offering, has proven so popular and academically effective that it's being strengthened into a year-round endeavor, with classes offered during fall and spring semesters and during summer sessions.
ECU's Virtual Early College Top in State
ECU's Early College Second Life Program, which uses 3D virtual technology to let high school students take college classes in their high school environment, won the Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming award from the North Carolina Distance Learning Association.
Great Decisions Program 2011: ECU Hosts Community Forum
ECU is hosting the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decision Program which features academic and professional experts who discuss topics such as rebuilding Haiti, US national security, responding to the financial crisis of 2007-08, the Horn of Africa, and other topics of international interest.
It's ECU in the Palm of Your Hand
The newly launched ECU Mobile App allows Pirate fans to stay connected with their favorite university, no matter where they go.
Live...From Iraq...It's Monday Night! Mary Schulken
Kufa University is ECU's newest partner iin the Global Partners in Education Program, where technology and distance learning let students and faculty interact in broad ways across disciplines.
New Degrees Spur Growth in Grad School Marion Blackburn
ECU's Graduate School continues to grow with total enrollment more than doubling in the past decade. While traditional postgraduate degree programs in education and health sciences remain strong, the university is emerging as a leader in fields that in many cases didn't exist just a few years ago.
Oil and Water Don't Mix Doug Boyd
A group of ECU scientists are piecing together clues to determine what effects the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on the Gulf and its sea life as well as whether that oil has made its way to the North Carolina coast.
Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders for a Changing World
Making sure ECU graduates are prepared to compete in the changing cross-cultural world was the focus on a town hall meeting on April 13. The focus for the town hall meeting was "Why Cultural Competence is an Imperative for 21st Century Graduates".


Bioenergetics and Exercise Science Doctoral Program Ranked in Nation's Top 10
The doctoral program in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science has ranked eighth in the nation for 2010 based on contributions of the faculty in areas of productivity, funding and visibility, as well as student performance, productivity, and employment rates.
Brody to Extend Early Assurance Admisstion to Two Other Universities
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University will guarantee admission to a few top students at the University of North Carollina at Pembroke and N.C. A&T University in hopes it will further ECU's mission of training doctors who will choose to practice in underserved areas.
Changing Tides
Although we cannot control the oceans, the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy is working to better understand the relationship between land and sea.
Collaborative Learning Center Celebrates Grand Unveiling
ECU celebrated the grand opening of Joyner Library's new Collaborative Learning Center. The center emphasizes the importance of enhancing students' educations by encouraging them to work and study together.
College Courses Help High School Students Get Ahead Karen Shugart
ECU's Early College High School program, a partnership between ECU, Pitt Community College, and Pitt County Schools, lets students stay in their high schools and take online courses taught by ECU.
ECU Field Journal: Summer Study Abroad
Sooner or later, the pull of exploration and discovery gets the best of every Pirate. With ECU's summer study abroad program, the whole world is within reach. See how these pirates spent their summer and just try not to get the itch.
ECU Professor Collaborates with Local Teachers
An ECU English professor is assisting educators in local schools through the Leadership for Equity, Excellence and Achievement Project (LEEAP). The program encourages professional development, recruits new teachers, and develops region-specific knowledge about diversity and education in NC schools.
ECU Professors Research Effects of BP Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico and Beyond
The BP oil spill has riveted the attention of the public since an explosion April 20, 2010 aboard an offshore oil rig caused crude oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Now ECU professors are participating in various research projects that may help determine some of the effects of this catastrophic event.
ECU Receives $2 Million Grant to Improve Student Achievement
ECU has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund efforts to collect student data and use it at the department, college, and university levels to improve retention and graduation rates.
ECU Recognized for Graduation Rates among African American Students
East Carolina University has been praised for graduating black students at rates similar to their white counterparts, defying a national achievement gap.
ECU's MBA Program Earns Top Marks for Online Education Value Jennifer Brezina
The College of Business at ECU has again earned national recognition for its online MBA program.
Free-Speech Zone Marion Blackburn
A group gives new medical students a chance to share feelings outside the high-pressure world of classroom and lab.
Keihin Carolina Systems Technology Donates $10,000 to ECU's TECS
Keihin Carolina Systems Technology has donated $10,000 to ECU's College of Technology and Computer Science to help promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education across eastern North Carolina.
Researchers Land Grant for Project CEO
Two ECU faculty members have landed a grant to provide staff development and training to the Pitt County School System.
Sea Hunt Marion Blackburn
ECU's maritime studies program attracts students with a little Indiana Jones in them.