Mathematics and American Indian Studies
Berri Locklear, from Dallas, North Carolina, graduated in December of 2017 with a degree in mathematics and American Indian studies. She enjoyed being chair of the Student Honors Council and a Chancellor's Ambassador. She was awarded the Undergraduate Mathematics Award during 2016 and 2017 for her academic success. Berri met two of her best friends through the honors college and has made countless relationships with students and staff over the years. She said, “having connections with people in multiple academic disciplines is very helpful and I am glad the honors college gave me the opportunity to do so.”
For her senior project, she focused on the correlation between Native American boarding schools and the laws passed by the government. The government passed a law that required American Indian children to go to boarding schools instead of being educated the traditional way they had practiced hundreds of years prior to the law being passed. She researched to see how the students responded to the big shift and if they were successful after the move.
After graduation, Berri attended graduate school to obtain her master’s in education. She advises honors students to take advantage of the endless opportunities the honors college gives to students. The honors college gave Berri the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin in May of 2016 which was one of her greatest memories at UNCP.