2011 News and Announcements

Graduate School Newsletter

Award and Fellowship Recipients

News Headlines

Sowa Receives National Dissertation Award for Pain Management Research

December 19, 2011

Nathaniel Adam Sowa, a 2011 UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduate in neurobiology, has received one of the nation's most prestigious awards focused on doctoral dissertations for his research addressing pain management. Sowa received the 2011 Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, titled “Characterization of Ectonucleotidases in Nociceptive Circuits.” The award, presented annually since 1982, recognizes two recent doctoral recipients who have already made unusually significant and original contributions to their fields. This is the first time a UNC-Chapel Hill student has received the honor.

Graduate School Celebrates First 15 Years of Royster Society of Fellows

November 15, 2011

More than 400 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students have pursued their graduate studies as Royster Society Fellows, and The Graduate School officially recognized the Society's 15th anniversary with a special program in mid-November.

Graduate Student Orientation

August 18, 2011

More than 800 new graduate students attended Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 18, and Graduate School staff members were on hand to answer their questions – from registration in the morning to a reception late that afternoon.

Master's Candidate Pursues 'Welding' of GIS, Public Information

July 29, 2011

Master's candidate Brooks Jonathan Breece ("Jon") has always been fascinated with maps and geospatial models. Growing up outside Washington, D.C., he also had a great desire to go into government service. In 2009, two of his life-long interests collided when he was selected for an Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century Project (ESOPI-21) fellowship.

Emily Elliott, Ph.D. student and Impact Awardee, selected as UNC Spotlight story

July 4, 2011

Marine Science Ph.D. student and winner of a 2011 Graduate School Impact Award Emily Elliott is a featured Spotlight on the UNC homepage.

Ph.D. student and Impact Awardee George Chao featured in "Meet-a-Tar-Heel"

June 20, 2011

Ph.D. student and Impact Awardee George Chao featured in "Meet-a-Tar-Heel" on the UNC homepage.

Lauren Patterson selected as 2011 Udall Dissertation Fellow

May 23, 2011

Lauren Patterson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography, was selected as one of only two 2011 Udall Dissertation Fellows.

Loss of James C. Ingram, former Graduate School Dean

May 22, 2011

James C. Ingram, professor of economics emeritus at UNC and former Dean of the Graduate School, died May 8, 2011 at the age of 89.

Graduate Education Week and Graduate Education Day

May 20, 2011

The North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools has received a proclamation from Governor Perdue designating the week of May 22-28, 2011, as North Carolina Graduate Education Week and May 25, 2011 as Graduate Education Day.

Alumnae's study indicates higher incidence of sexual violence in Congo than previously thought

May 15, 2011

A new study significantly raises the rape and sexual violence estimates in the Congo based on research conducted by three UNC Department of Public Policy PhD alumnae; Amber Peterman (2009), of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Tia Palermo (2009) of Stony Brook University and Caryn Bredenkamp (2006) of the World Bank.

Cusick to Graduates: “Learning itself is a public good”

May 7, 2011

Dr. Suzanne Cusick, professor of music at New York University, gave the keynote address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 7.

Dr. Alan Nelson wins award for excellence in doctoral mentoring

May 7, 2011

Dr. Alan Nelson, professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, received The Graduate School's 2011 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 7.

Three UNC Ph.D. Candidates Receive Prestigious National Fellowship

April 6, 2011

Three UNC doctoral candidates — Kathleen Curtin (english and comparative literature), Carrie Duncan (religious studies), and Kathleen Foody (religious studies) — have been named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for the 2011-12 academic year.

Graduate students honored at annual recognition celebration

April 6, 2011

The 13th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration was held April 6, 2011, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. This event, which began in 1999, recognizes students who receive prestigious fellowships and awards.

Sequoyah Alumni to Present Compelling Perspectives on Varied Topics: American Indian Historical and Cultural Issues, and Molecular Genetics as Applied to Tumor Treatment

March 31, 2011

Three UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduates — in the fields of English, molecular and cellular pathology and history — will be the featured speakers at the University's Sequoyah Distinguished Lecture on April 14.

Royster Fellow Is Lead Author on Study Focusing on Loggerhead Sea Turtle Navigation

March 3, 2011

Nathan Putman, a doctoral candidate in biology and Lovick P. Corn Dissertation Fellow within the Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows, has been featured in numerous recent interviews regarding his team’s findings that indicate loggerhead sea turtles perceive longitude using an internal magnetic positioning system.

Applications available for 2011 Future Faculty Fellowship Program

January 27, 2011

The Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFFP) is a 5-day, intensive, interdisciplinary program for senior-level graduate students, conducted by the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE).