Innovation in Science and Tech at RTP

Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19

Program Opportunities & Goals

Students will visit with alumni who have backgrounds in areas such as micro-electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, public health, and telecommunications. Participating in the program will help students:

  • Learn strategies about how to prepare for careers in science, technology, and research, and other related fields
  • Gain a better understanding of the RTP area and innovation collaborations
  • Connect with Honors Carolina alumni and friends in the RTP area


Last year’s program included visits to Phononic, IQVIA (formerly Quintiles IMS)., GSK, Vital Plan, RTP Frontier, and more. Although the 2018 schedule will be slightly different, a similar schedule is anticipated.

Thursday, October 18

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Shuttle to RTP
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m Meeting #1
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Meeting #2 over Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Meeting #3
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dinner with Young Alumni in Science, Tech, and Medicine

Friday, October 19

9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Shuttle to RTP
10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Meeting #4
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Meeting #5 over Lunch
2:30 p.m. Program wrap-up


The program fee is $75 and covers two lunches, one dinner, and transportation. The $75 fee is payable to Honors Carolina by check no later than Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. and is non-refundable.

Trek Expectations


All participants are expected to attend a pre-departure meeting on Friday, October 5 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Graham Memorial, Rm 039. Honors Carolina will work with students who have a class conflict. Students must also join the trek GroupMe group.

During the Trek

Students are expected to present themselves in a professional manner during the entire trek and attend all scheduled meetings. Participants should wear business casual attire and appropriate shoes that are comfortable for walking.


After the trek, all students are expected to complete a short, on-line reflection survey regarding their experience. Students will also be provided Honors Carolina cards to write thank you letters to alumni and site hosts.


Students must complete the online application no later than Tuesday, September 25 at 11:59 p.m. The application includes a 250-word personal statement regarding why you want to participate in the trek. Click here to complete the application.

Important Dates


    Tues., Sept. 25, 11:59 p.m.
    Application available here


    Fri., Oct. 5, 2:00 p.m.
    $75 check made payable to Honors Carolina. Bring payment to the pre-trek meeting.


    Fri., Oct. 5, 2:00 p.m.
    Graham Memorial, 039


Please contact Shandol Hoover, Director for Student Development & Special Projects at or 919-962-8088.