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3 Researchers Selected As RTI University Scholars

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina — This year’s six-member class of RTI University Scholars includes, for the first time, researchers from NC State and Fayetteville State University.

The RTI University Scholars Program supports highly talented academics who take scholarly leave from their home institutions to collaborate with RTI researchers.

The six scholars, who will spend up to one academic year at RTI working on strategic research projects, are Owen Duckworth, Sylvia Nassar-McMillan and Nagui Rouphail of N.C. State; Rakesh Malhotra of Fayetteville State; and Crystal Cene and Ilene Spizer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Each academic year since 2014-2015, RTI has hosted University Scholars. Two scholars participated in the program’s inaugural year and seven in 2015-2016.

“The University Scholars Program is an asset to RTI,” said Don Bailey, an RTI Distinguished Fellow and early childhood development researcher. “By inviting talented researchers to work with us, we create new opportunities for both RTI and the many outstanding academic institutions in our area.”

The program is currently open to faculty members from Duke and all 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina.

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