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Why It Matters

Royster alumni share their thoughts on how their fellowship made the difference of a lifetime.

"Beyond the financial support, the Royster gave me the opportunity to network and learn from the best, brightest and diverse graduate students and faculty at the University."
—Julie Lauffenburger
"The best aspect was becoming lifelong friends with people with completely different—but somehow complementary— backgrounds, interests and ways of approaching problems. …I count Roysters as some of the best friends I made as a grad student."
—Maya Nadimpalli
"Getting to know students from across UNC, beyond my school and department, and being able to complete my doctorate without incurring debt was a tremendous gift!"
—Francie Likis
"It provided me with essential time and freedom to complete my dissertation without distractions."
—Michael Yonan

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