Twenty-three FSU scholars from the Fayetteville State University attended the 7th Annual North Carolina Opportunities for Education (NC-OPT ED) Alliance Day at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. on September 26, 2008. These scholars represent ten students from the FSU Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (FSU-RISE), and thirteen students from the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) and FSU Innovative Curriculum Approach for Mathematics and Science (FICAMS) programs. The theme of the event was “Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics: Inspiring Greatness for the 21st Century.” The conference united nearly 1000 minority middle school students through undergraduate students across North Carolina to encourage them to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, social, behavioral and economic sciences fields. RISE scholars attended the one-day event, co-sponsored by North Carolina Agriculture & Technical (NC A&T) State University, North Carolina State University (NCSU), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCCH), to help them become more competitive applicants for graduate schools. Three RISE scholars, Jasmine Newman, Danielle Fortune, and David Ahlstrom, were among several FSU students who made poster presentations on their summer scientific research projects during the conference. Scholars also had an opportunity to attend workshops on networking, computational sciences, and how to fund and become more competitive for graduate school education. In addition, scholars talked with recruiters from various academic institutions during the conference.