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NCRC Catalyst Group

About Us

photo courtesy of NC Research Campus

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 to host career development events. All activities by The NCRC Catalyst Group are run voluntarily by its members.

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 shall include all scholars who do not currently hold a permanent full-time tenure-track faculty or company management positions. 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 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, salary, benefits).

2013-14 Events

May 28, 2014
6 PM

Bowling Night
Free for NC Research Campus
FOX FIRE 225 Security St, Kannapolis, NC.
RSVP by 26 May

June 2, 2014
4 - 5:30 PM

Workshop on Body Language, Business Dining & Entertaining Workshop

Room 4522 David H. Murdock Research Institute North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), Kannapolis NC
RSVP by 27 May

April 15, 2014

3rd Annual Catalyst Symposium
David H. Murdock Research Institute
North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), Kannapolis

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December 3, 2013

NCRC Catalyst Group Jobs Network Seminars

Networking Basics

North Carolina Research Campus
Core Lab Building Room 1315
150 Research Campus Drive,
Kannapolis, NC 28081


Steering committee

Chair: Eneda Pjetri
Co-chair: Kranthi Chebrolu
Co-chair: Han-Yi Chen
Secretary: Judy Oakes