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Meet Lamar

Lamar Richards (he/him/his),

Lamar Richards serves as the Student Body President and the Undergraduate Student Government President.

After being recognized by the South Carolina Legislature (Senate and House of Representatives) twice for his outstanding achievements and personal gains, Lamar has since worked in multiple nationally-recognized research labs including the Cell and Molecular Biology Lab at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA), the Theoretical Physics and Astronomy Lab at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), and the General Physics Lab at Midlands Technical College (Columbia, SC). He has presented his works, publications, and thoughts at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (Atlanta, 2018), South Carolina Academy of Science (Columbia, 2018), Louisiana Undergraduate Research Conference (Baton Rouge, 2018), and the South Carolina Legislative Research Breakfast (Columbia, 2019).

A 2019 United States RR’ Presidential Scholar, Lamar is currently studying in a rigorous Psychology and Public Policy curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is specializing in Organizational Leadership and Higher Education Policy. He also has served as the Chair of the Commission on Campus Equality & Student Equity, where he worked to ensure a more enriched academic experience for marginalized minority students. Lamar is an advisory board member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Student Division and was recently appointed to the National Council on Undergraduate Research.

Recently serving as Chair of the Commission on Student Equity and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee for Student Government, he is now the Student Body President and Undergraduate Student Government President at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.