Catalyst Group


The NCRC Catalyst Group is comprised of students, fellows, and employees from all of the universities and companies on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. This informal group was started in 2010 to allow people from the various schools and businesses on campus to meet each other and foster personal and professional relationships. Since 2011 we have expanded the offerings of the NCRC Catalyst Group to include speaking opportunities for members and host career development events. All activities by the NCRC Catalyst Group are run voluntarily by its members. The Catalyst Group is sponsored by the NC Biotechnology Center, UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute and Dole Foods.

Upcoming Events

5th Annual NCRC Catalyst Symposium

Register today for the the 5th Annual NCRC Catalyst Symposium on April 28 at 11:30 am in the first floor core laboratory event room.

All postdocs and students are encouraged to compete for the best poster presentation awards. This year’s the prizes for the poster competition winners are iPAD and iPAD mini.

Thank you to the event sponsors the NC Biotech Center, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, David H. Murdock Research Institute and Dole Food Company.

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Mission Statement

To create, nourish, and sustain an academic community for students, fellows, and employees on the North Carolina Research Campus thereby fostering recognition and positive change.


The purpose of the NCRC Catalyst Group is to create, nourish, and sustain personal and professional relationships among trainees and employees on the North Carolina Research Campus. Membership includes all scholars who do not currently hold a permanent full-time tenure-track faculty or company management position. Our goals include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting monthly non-traditional career options luncheons (e.g. science writing, entrepreneurship, venture capital, science outreach, tech transfer, biotechnology, etc);
  • Hosting quarterly career development workshops (e.g. grant writing, mentorship, networking, etiquette, etc.);
  • Hosting an annual symposium to allow members to present their research to their peers and be recognized for their efforts;
  • Providing a forum for social gatherings and scholarly camaraderie;
  • Providing information to new and existing postdocs, students and research employees (e.g. welcoming committees, foreign visas, grant opportunities, housing locations, etc);
  • Providing a forum for discussion of postdoctoral issues (e.g. career development).

Past Events

2015 Catalyst Symposium 

The 2015 NCRC Catalyst Symposium, held on April 30th ,  highlighted the highly diverse and interdisciplinary research being conducted across the campus. With speakers presenting research from every academic institute and 18 research posters presented, this year’s symposium drew over 100 registrants. Attendees were exposed to exciting scientific findings. From the effects of pistachios on high-level athletes, the role of obesity in metabolic alterations that can promote cancer, to the search for bioactive and bioavailable components of fruits and vegetables that can be made available to those without access to fresh foods, there was something exciting to hear about for everyone in attendance. Furthermore, students and postdocs were competing for the best poster presentation. Chinmayee Panda won the first place (an iPad) and Kimberly Palatini won the second place (an iPad mini). The Catalyst Organizing committee would like to thank the sponsors -NC Biotech, UNC-NRI, Dole and NCRC-, speakers, poster judges, and attendees for their support in making this symposium the most successful yet, and we hope that you will join in our continued efforts to make future symposia just as exciting.


2014 Catalyst Symposium

Body Language Workshop

Bowling Night

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