NCCU’s Kienka named Capital One Academic All-America

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North Carolina Central University biology major Tamina P. Kienka has been named as a 2015 All-Star by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a program that recognizes outstanding student performance in higher education.

kienka taminaKienka, who has a 4.0 grade point average, was among the 83 All-Stars named out of 450 students who applied. The program rates applicants on academic achievement, leadership and civic engagement.

“Tamina Kienka’s selection as a member of the White House Initiative’s HBCU All-Star program is a great honor and one he well deserves,” said Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. “His continuous pursuit of academic virtue and tremendous achievement is a great example of Eagle Excellence.”

Keinka is a native of Nigeria who has studied at NCCU since 2012. He has been active in academic research initiatives locally and globally, and has been involved with several student organizations and as captain of the NCCU tennis team, which won the HBCU National Championship in 2014.

Kienka completed research internships at Yale University and Duke University and worked as a medical intern for the Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association in Iquitos, Peru, in 2014. He has also contributed greatly to the NCCU community through his work as an undergraduate research assistant and biology supplemental instructor.

“I am particularly interested in the study of genome and how to manipulate the information it encodes,” said Kienka, who is also a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholar, a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

His leadership capabilities are evident through various roles with the NCCU Honors Advisory Council, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Centennial Advisory Board. He is also the founder and previous co-president of GlobeMed at NCCU, a student led non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen global health equality.

The White House Initiative is aimed at helping “advance academic excellence at HBCUs,” Ivory A. Toldson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, said in a release about the initiative.

Over the course of the next year, Kienka and other HBCU All-Stars will participate in the White House HBCU Week Conference in September, as well as participate in national events and engage via web chats with professionals from a range of disciplines.

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