Cabarrus Health Alliance

P2EP Interns Deliver a Taste of Research

June 18, 2015


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For Immediate Release

June 18, 2015  



Megan Bame, N.C. State University, 704-250-5461 or

Jennifer Woodford, N.C. Research Campus, 704-200-5070 or


Kannapolis, NC- Friday, June 19 at 11 am in the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) Wellness Kitchen at 300 Mooresville Road, the NC Research Campus’ (NCRC) Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) interns are taking their research into plant pathways to the kitchen to whip up some plum-berry salsa.

NCRC P2EP interns make plum-berry salsa

P2EP interns show off their first batch of plum-berry salsa.

Participants in the demonstration will learn about the health benefits of the berries and take the recipe and a jar of the salsa home to enjoy. Aubrey Mast, extension associate in nutrition with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the NCRC, will assist the interns.

“Through this experience,” Mast says, “the P2EP students and those attending the demonstration gain a better understanding of the research that happens here at the NCRC and how it extends beyond the laboratory walls and into people’s homes, helping aid them in the prevention of chronic illness.”

Another demonstration will be held July 10 at CHA, and the interns will be leading a research symposium on July 29 from 10 am to 3 pm at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, 150 Research Campus Drive.

The P2EP summer interns are graduate and undergraduate students representing 11 colleges and universities. They are all advancing their interest in scientific careers through participation in the P2EP internship.  P2EP partners university scientists, industry leaders and college students to collectively explore the health benefits of plants and create a knowledge base of research while preparing budding scientists for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

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