UNC Faculty Member Honored at National Leadership Symposium

Travis Boyce

Travis Boyce

A University of Northern Colorado faculty member was recently honored as a rising young professional at a national leadership symposium.

Travis Boyce, assistant professor of Africana Studies and Social Sciences, was honored as one of 100 rising young professionals in academia, government and industry during the 20th annual national symposium of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning that includes leading research and teaching college and universities.

The designation recognizes fellows from the alliance's Summer Research Early Identification Program who have earned a Ph.D. or an MD-Ph.D. degree. The program encourages students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public, or private sectors.

The symposium was held on July 27 in Hartford, Conn.

Boyce was a 2001 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at Yale University. He finished his Ph.D. at Ohio University and joined the faculty at UNC in 2009.

"The Leadership Alliance taught me the importance of maintaining a research agenda and showed me the various career opportunities one can pursue with a Ph.D.," Boyce said. "Today I incorporate these ideals in my pedagogical approach and encourage my students to use issues and literature raised in class to write research papers for professional presentation and possibly publication."

More information about The Leadership Alliance is available on its website at http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/Default.aspx.