Can five dollars make a difference to the future of aspiring, young scientists?
In the case of the NC Research Campus’ Plants Pathway Elucidation Project (P2EP), five dollars per room night donated by the Holiday Inn Express & Suites- Kannapolis translated to over $1,080.00 in funding in the last year.
The Holiday Inn and the NCRC launched the educational partnership over a year ago to raise funds to support students attending P2EP. The hotel contributes five dollars per room night when P2EP is mentioned at booking. In addition, the hotel, which is located at I-85 at Exit 60 in Kannapolis/Concord, contributed $4,000 in sponsorship to P2EP.
“We wanted to find a way to help support our local business partners and create a ‘win/win’ relationship,” said Brian Martin, owner of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. “Helping support and train students to achieve their goals is something we feel strongly about so this became a great fit for us.”
Holiday Inn Express & Suites is less than five miles from the campus and offers a newly renovated facility featuring clean and comfortable rooms, an indoor pool, fitness center, the Express Start® Breakfast Buffet and the award winning IHG Rewards Club Loyalty Program.
“Having a quality hotel so close to campus that welcomes our guests and is such an important partner in our efforts to train our future scientists and doctors is an incredible advantage,” said Clyde Higgs, NCRC’s executive vice president of operations and business development. “We value their support and leadership in the community.”
P2EP engages college and doctoral students from across North Carolina to work with university scientists and industry leaders to map plant pathways in food crops like blueberries, broccoli, oats and strawberries. The goals are to better understand how compounds beneficial to human health form in plants and to create a scientific knowledge base while providing hands-on research experience.
Higgs encouraged visitors to the area to choose Holiday Inn & Suites and remember to mention P2EP when making their reservations. “It’s an easy way to support our next generation of scientists,” he remarked.