Mentorship Program

Dates & Information for the
Class of 2025 Mentorship Program Application Coming in Fall 2023

Thursday, October 20th, 2022


Sunday, October
16th, 2022 (7-8pm)


Welcome to the Mentorship Program!

The Mentorship Program is recognized for its unique collaboration of over 100 volunteer mentors per year that provide research opportunities for students while NCSSM instructors provide the instruction necessary for high school students to approach research with confidence, professionalism, and self-reliance. Students will pursue research under the guidance of a research professional in the Triangle area in their chosen field of interest (including STEM, social science, arts, and humanities). Students will also learn how to read publications/literature, keep records of their daily activities, and demonstrate their learning and the impact of their work through presentations and written communication to a variety of audiences from experts in the field to the community at NCSSM (i.e. a 10-minute oral presentation, a poster presentation, and/or an elevator pitch and mini-grant proposal). Full dedication and engagement in the mentor-led research and instructor-led course components are integral to participation in the Mentorship Program.  

Contact: Dr. Shoemaker (

Dr. Letitia Hubbard

As a member of the engineering and research mentorship faculty at NCSSM since August 2015, Letitia Hubbard has taught a variety of courses, both residential and online. She is passionate about teaching, curriculum development, interdisciplinary learning, and broadening participation in STEM fields, particularly engineering. She has developed and expanded several course offerings in biomedical engineering such as Honors Biomedical Engineering Online and recently designed and taught a new Mini-Term course called Survey of Biomedical Engineering, and implemented a Summer Research Program in Biomedical Engineering in Summer 2019. She is also actively engaged in developing and implementing technical communication curriculum to prepare students for success in research. Letitia is an active participant with summer outreach programs to underrepresented minority groups such as Step-up-to-STEM and the Eastern North Carolina (ENC) STEM program. She currently serves as the Communications Coordinator and the Educational Advisory Committee Liaison for her department, faculty advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. Club, and has also provided service to the school as a member of the Scholarship Committee and Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Committee.


Dr. Josh Fuchs

Josh Fuchs joined NCSSM as an instructor of Mentorship and Research in August 2021. Prior to NCSSM, he was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Texas Lutheran University. He earned his bachelor’s in physics from Rhodes College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Josh is passionate about creating active classrooms to engage all students. He has served on the board of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and as a Faculty Coordinator for the Partnership for the Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics. Outside work, Josh enjoys traveling and exploring new places, playing the piano, and pondering the intersection of science and religion.