Microscope in Chemistry Lab

University of Richmond chemistry professor Carol Parish is diversifying the pipeline of students pursuing careers in the sciences and providing the mentorship that equips them to excel.

When Parish recognized that many of her students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences didn’t persist in those majors, she and her colleagues took action. They built a new program — called the Integrated Inclusive Science Program — that re-envisions the curriculum to strengthen the mix of research opportunities, mentorship, and other student-focused support.

Parish stresses the importance of doing research with undergraduate students in “a real way,” which to her means starting a project together and taking it all the way through to its logical conclusion — publication.

Professor Carol Parish, bottom, second from right, with her research group — just some of the students she's mentored as part of her mission to diversify the sciences.

Many professional honors have come Parish’s way, including numerous awards from the American Chemical Society. But even more significantly, her students are thriving. They’ve received Rhodes Scholarships, pre-doctoral grants from the National Science Foundation, and — making Parish most proud — positions for themselves teaching the sciences to the next generation of students.

Dr. Carol Parish is a professor of chemistry in the School of Arts & Sciences. She has received the University’s Distinguished Educator and Outstanding Mentor awards, plus multiple national honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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