A Message from Dean Matson

Greetings from The Graduate School!

You may be wondering, “Why am I receiving this newsletter?” Well, the answer is simple: You're a valued member of Carolina's graduate education community, and The Graduate School wants to share some of what's happening today within this important area of our University.

Perhaps you'd also like to know more about how Carolina students and alumni are using their degrees to make the world a better place. With more than 60,000 alumni, former Tar Heel graduate students are making an impact wherever they go. I have heard from many of those alumni who want to remain connected with their graduate alma mater – and we want to remain connected with you.

Maybe we all can use a little good news today.

So those are all our goals in sharing this new communication with you.

I don't need to tell you that graduate education makes a difference in our world. Advanced higher education in the United States has been an enormously successful enterprise, serving the vital scientific, cultural and economic needs of the nation and the world. Whether it's by furthering understanding of an important issue or by solving a critical challenge, graduate education improves lives. In addition, it is an essential part of Carolina's tradition.

Carolina's reputation for excellence in graduate education remains strong, even as we address many challenges of the current economy. Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are among the best in the world and help us continue as one of the finest – and most collaborative – universities nationwide.

Sharing stories with you about our alumni and students is pure joy, since their achievements speak for themselves. Throughout the academic year, at events such as new student orientation, graduation and our Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, I am continually reminded of the enthusiasm, creativity, discipline and talent that graduate students bring to their work. As I have the pleasure of meeting with graduate alumni, I can see the culmination of these efforts and how alumni impact the lives of people across the globe.

We hope you find the Grad School News informative and interesting. We welcome your feedback at any time. Please let us know what you'd like to read more about, as well as your ideas for making our newsletter better.

Please contact me at graduateschooldean@unc.edu or contact Deb Saine, The Graduate School's communications manager, at saine@email.unc.edu

And thanks for the many ways you support graduate education at Carolina.

Steve Matson
The Graduate School

Dean Steve Matson congratulates Dr. Matthew Olmsted, who received his DDS degree and master of science degree in orthodontics from Carolina, for receiving the 2011 Boka Hadzija Award for Distinguished Service by a Graduate or Professional Student. Olmsted attended The Graduate School's Graduate Student Recognition Celebration – joining hundreds of graduate and professional students who were honored for receiving prestigious fellowships and awards during the 2010-11 academic year.
full list of honorees