Earlier this week, students gathered in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center to learn more about the Golden Scholars program. The launch event for the program, hosted by College of Science advisors, gave students more information about what they can expect as students involved in the program (and gave them some delicious nachos).
Lauren Parker is one of those advisors, and she wishes she had the same program available to her when she was an undergraduate student.
"I was a first-generation student, I understand the first-generation struggle of navigating higher education," Parker said. "We are trying to combat that. We want to make you aware of the resources, the services, the opportunities available to you on campus. We also want to help students build community and foster relationships among their other first-gen peers and faculty within the College of Science."
The Golden Scholars program isn't new to the University, but the program was restarted by several College of Science advisors. These advisors, all of whom are first-generation students themselves, feel passionately about supporting other first-generation students.
The program is no-cost to students, and is looking for more students to join. Keep an eye out on the College of Science's social media channels (@unrscience) for more information about the mixer, which invites faculty and students to attend.
"We have lots of ideas and events planned for the future and we are very excited to see how this program can help enhance their college experience," Parker said. Maybe some of those events will revisit the nacho idea....