ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CHING LAM IP, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia, United States | Advancing SDG 17 & UNAI 7
" My presence here is pretty unlikely.
My grandfather was a refugee. My parents did not have toilets or kitchens in their settlement flats. My dad grew up wishing that if only he could have a study table.
Dreaming small, being empathetic and having courage enabled me to become a Millennium Fellow and be at where I am now. The Xylom is my way of giving back to my respective communities by harnessing the power of storytelling. I will continue to make science inclusive, accessible and above all, human. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: The Xylom
Conventional methods of science communication have not been able to convert the small but vocal group of science skeptics. The facts have been there for decades; if facts and figures would have worked, it would have thirty years ago! But it hasn’t!
This is because science professionals have put too much into engaging the rational side of the brain, but neglecting three main emotional barriers that generate pushback and stalling action: fear, indifference, and despair. It doesn’t help that there has never been an emphasis on communication strategies in science education; many science professionals graduate and enter their careers well-versed in writing research papers but knowing very little about talking about what they do to their relatives, policymakers or even their pastors.
Here at The Xylom, scientists share personal, authentic stories outside of their research. Our stories explore the intersection of what it means to be a scientist and how scientists interact with the communities they identify with, covering topics such as gender, race, work-life balance, the climate crisis and more. We aim to break stereotypes, talk about “kitchen-table issues”, and provide action points to engage science skeptics multimodally. Furthermore, we endeavor to educate early-career science professionals the beauty of storytelling and social media, also to provide a burgeoning support circle for them to learn and grow with one another.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ching Lam "Alex" Ip is a rising sophomore at the Georgia Institute of Technology, currently majoring in Environmental Engineering. A first-generation college student from Hong Kong, Alex is concurrently a Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme recipient and a Lee Hysan Memorial Scholar; he is also a Climate Reality Leader trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore.
Alex is passionate about the power of storytelling and human connections in STEM fields; he aspires to one day contribute to climate action through science communication, public policy, and grassroots action.