WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2017) – Dr. Stephanie Dance-Barnes, co-chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and associate professor at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has received the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM award.

The award, from Insight Into Diversity magazine, honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dance-Barnes is featured, along with 39 other recipients, in the September 2017 issue of the magazine.

Recently, Dance-Barnes spearheaded efforts to overhaul the curriculum of the Department of Biological Sciences to create a more authentic research experience for students. She also strives to inspire undergraduates by facilitating volunteer opportunities and providing mentorships for WSSU students. Since 2010, about 25 undergraduates and four high school students have rotating in her cancer research lab.

Dance-Barnes is one of only two North Carolina honorees.

WSSU makes list of most affordable HBCUs for online bachelor’s degrees

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is among the most affordable HBCUs for online bachelor’s degrees, according to a newly released ranking from

The website ranked WSSU no.  6 on its list of the “30 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s-Granting Historically Black College/Universities.”  WSSU offers online bachelor’s degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, Nursing (RN-BSN), Interdisciplinary Studies and Birth to Kindergarten Education (BKE). The list is based on the net price and the average overall cost for undergraduates.

OT student attends research institute

Lacey Smith, a student in Winston-Salem State University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, was one of 20 students nationwide selected to attend a summer institute for future research scientists.

Smith, who earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, met with some of the nation’s leading occupational therapy scientists at the Summer Institute for Future Scientists in OT in Boston. The institute is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTA/AOTF).
Only 20 students nationwide were selected for the program.

WSSU scholar selected for service program

Dr. Andrea Patterson-Masuka, associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, has been selected for the Whisenton Public Scholars Program, an initiative that investigates ways faculty from various disciplines can institute public scholarship and serve their local communities.

The two-year program, through the Kettering Foundation and Joffre T. Whisenton and Associates, encourages scholars to experiment with elements of citizen-centered democracy, such as naming and framing issues as well as making choices together in the context of teaching, research and service.

The program, for faculty and administrators that serve minority communities, will culminate in a project that will help the university’s faculty and students engage in public deliberation and scholarship with the local community. Patterson-Masuka, a resident of Burlington, is a native of Lenoir.