Winter 2013

The Question Is 'Jobs?' and the Answer Is 'Jobs!'

What does the job market look like for our doctoral degree candidates? What are the prospects for master's degree candidates? And what is The Graduate School doing to help our students advance their careers?

Steven Matson discusses the prospects for today's graduate students in his “Message from the Dean” column.

Two Remarkable Lives, One Goal to Make a Difference

Twenty years after the Weiss Urban Livability Program's creation, The Graduate School is celebrating the lives of its benefactors with the publication of a new book: “Giving Is Good for the Soul: The Life and Legacy of Charles and Shirley Weiss.”

“Charles and Shirley Weiss are two of the most inspiring people I have ever met,” said Jessica Lewis, who was a Weiss fellow in 2007-08 and senior Weiss fellow in 2008-09.

Ariely to Give Doctoral Hooding Address

Social scientist Dan Ariely, the author of three New York Times bestselling books, will be the keynote speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 2013 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

The 2013 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. May 11th at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Meet Catherine Frank

Catherine Frank revels in the view of Mount Pisgah from her office window, and it's a view that can take her mind as far away as Chapel Hill. Even though she has lived in Asheville since 2010, Frank values her enduring connection to her former home.

Awardee's Dissertation Is 'Monumental Piece of Work'

For the second consecutive year, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral alumnus has received the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, one of the nation's most prestigious awards focused on doctoral dissertations.

Björn B. Brandenburg, a 2011 UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduate in computer science, received the 2012 award for his dissertation, titled “Scheduling and Locking in Multiprocessor Real-Time Operating Systems.”

Diversity of Opinion Welcomed on New Blog

A group of UNC-Chapel Hill biology graduate students, working in collaboration with other students around the world, has just launched an educational blog focused on biodiversity.

While some science blogs present snippets of the sensational, their blog, titled “BioDiverse Perspectives,” will showcase critically written commentaries of the classic papers in each student's field.

Graduate School Co-Sponsors Native Leadership Symposium

Representatives of six Native communities will participate in a Feb. 21 symposium designed to foster dialogue about current challenges and goals for Indian country leaders.

First Nations Graduate Circle, an organization of American Indian graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill, is coordinating the symposium. Other UNC-Chapel Hill event sponsors include LEARN NC, The Graduate School, the Native American Law Students Association, the Carolina Indian Circle, American Indian Studies and the American Indian Center.

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