Graduate School News

Celebration to Recognize UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate Students for Outstanding Research and Service

March 18, 2008

The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill will recognize approximately 300 graduate students for outstanding research, community service, academic achievement, and leadership at the 10th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony on April 3 at the Carolina Club of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

More than 200 of the students being honored have received prestigious external fellowships from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the Vietnam Educational Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the Fulbright Program and the American Hearth Association, among many others.

“Every time a Carolina graduate student is awarded an external fellowship or grant, it enhances Carolina’s reputation as one of the finest public research universities and brings valuable funding to the university,” reports Linda Dykstra, Dean of The Graduate School

In addition, 28 Impact Award recipients will be recognized for outstanding research that benefits the people and the state of North Carolina.

“These students’ research affects the economic development of our state, as well as the quality of health and human services, education, and the environment,” explains Dean Dykstra. “Graduate student research covers diverse topics such as new screenings and therapies for cancer, carbon reduction strategies, affordable housing, literacy in autistic children, flood policy effectiveness, and development of a health initiative to serve American Indian communities.”

A new award, The Graduate Deans’ Distinguished Dissertation Award, will be presented to four students who completed their dissertations this year. Other honorees include graduate students who received awards at University Research Day and new graduate student inductees of three honorary societies. Recipients of the Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished Service and of the Dean’s Award will also be recognized.

“Whether it is through academic research or volunteering for community groups, these students certainly deserve recognition. Carolina’s graduate students add to the success of the University and the larger community through their research and service,” observes Dean Dykstra.

The Graduate School Recognition Celebration takes place from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and includes poster displays of student research beginning at 3:00. The recognition ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. The University community is invited. To make a reservation to attend, please contact Kathy Farinola at 919-962-6311 or