Graduate School News

New Royster Society Five-Year Fellows Have Varied Research Interests

August 31, 2012

Nineteen new graduate students from around the world are beginning their first semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with five-year fellowships in the Royster Society of Fellows.

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Royster’s generous gifts established The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary fellowship program in 1995. Since 1996, more than 400 graduate students have pursued their doctoral education at Carolina as members of the Royster Society. In 2009, the University established the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professorship for Graduate Education, made possible by a lead gift from the Roysters and matching funds from the state’s faculty endowment trust.

The 19 new Royster Fellows were recruited to Chapel Hill from places as diverse as Jamaica and Japan. Their highly competitive named fellowships are funded by private gifts and, in the case of the Chancellor’s Fellowships, through Chancellor Holden Thorp’s designation of unrestricted funding toward this graduate fellowship program.

“Through the Royster Society of Fellows, some of the world’s most talented graduate students pursue their education at Carolina—where they make substantial contributions to undergraduate teaching, to research and to University outreach,”said Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School. “We appreciate the generous support that has enriched the University’s efforts to successfully compete with the best institutions in the country for these exceptional graduate students.”

The Royster Society fellowships provide full financial support, interdisciplinary learning, professional development and a mentoring network to enable students to excel in their graduate studies. Close to 100 students receive funding and participate in the Royster Society of Fellows of The Graduate School each year.

A committee of faculty decides which applicants will be offered the fellowships based upon their academic performance, research, work, service and life experiences, and their potential for leadership in the future.

“We are excited to welcome 19 new doctoral fellows into the Royster Society of Fellows,” said Sandra Hoeflich, associate dean for interdisciplinary education and fellowships in The Graduate School. “We have the highest expectations for all they will contribute to Carolina.”

New five-year Royster Fellows for 2012-2013

Following are the new five-year fellows: