A Message from Dean Matson

An Hour, Day, Month, Year of Celebrating Graduate Student ‘Impact’

One sentence says it all: Graduate students make an impact.

Each year, The Graduate School hosts an event that “celebrates” graduate students for their outstanding academic achievements—including, but not limited to, their ability to successfully compete for national fellowships and their research advances that benefit North Carolina and beyond.

More than 300 graduate students were recognized for receiving prestigious external fellowships and other honors during the 2011-12 academic year on April 4, 2012, at the 14th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration.

Chancellor Holden Thorp has said, “Graduate students make a major contribution that helps make Carolina a great university.” Here's to many more days and years of celebrating graduate student contributions and to supporting their important academic work.

As someone who interacts with graduate students each day, I often ask myself: What can we provide to them to help them succeed? A crucial part of that answer is found in private support. These gifts enable The Graduate School to reach out to students in meaningful ways, whether it's ensuring the continued integrity of their degree programs or funding fellowships that allow students uninterrupted time to advance their promising dissertation research.

Please consider making a gift to support graduate students in their continued success, both at Carolina and in their careers.

Steve Matson
Dean, The Graduate School
Professor of Biology
UNC-Chapel Hill

Jasmine Talameh, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences, received the 2012 Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service by a Graduate or Professional Student. She is pictured with The Graduate School's Dean Steve Matson and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Leslie Lerea.