Graduate School News

Graduate Education Week and Graduate Education Day

May 20, 2011

Graduate students and alumni from UNC-Chapel Hill visited with legislators and presented posters of their research at the Legislative Building as a part of Graduate Education Day (May 25). Gov. Beverly Perdue had also designated the week of May 22-28 as Graduate Education Week throughout the state.

Graduate alumni Rose Stremlau, Johna Register-Mihalik, Heather Beil and Rachael Turner and graduate students George Chao, Greg Dusek and Alison Sanders talked about the implications of their research in their meetings with legislators. Register-Mihalik, Beil, Turner, Chao, Dusek and Sanders received The Graduate School's 2011 Impact Awards for research benefiting North Carolina (information on all Impact Award recipients). Stremlau, an assistant professor of history and American Indian studies at UNC-Pembroke, received a Sequoyah Dissertation Fellowship as a Carolina graduate student.

Also joining the UNC-Chapel Hill group were Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School; Sandra Hoeflich, associate dean for interdisciplinary education, fellowships and communication at The Graduate School; and Erin Schuettpelz, director of state relations and communications for the University.

Perdue's proclamation cited information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that workers with graduate degrees will increase 18 percent by 2018. The proclamation also stated that “graduate education is vital to the scientific, cultural and economic needs of local, state and global communities and is critical to discovery and creativity.”

Dean Steve Matson and Johna Register-Mihalik

Pictured here are Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School, and Johna Register-Mihalik, who received her doctorate in human movement science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Register-Mihalik is a postdoctoral research associate in the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Laboratory, under the sponsorship of the University's department of exercise and sport science.

The Honorable Verla Insko

Pictured here are Rep. Verla Insko and Greg Dusek, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student in marine sciences. Dusek is pursuing research focused on improving the warning system for rip currents.

The text of the official proclamation follows:


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

WHEREAS, graduate education is vital to the scientific, cultural and economic needs of local, state and global communities and is critical to discovery and creativity; and

WHEREAS, graduate education draws more than 46 thousand students from North Carolina, as well as from across our nation and the world, to our prestigious colleges and universities; and

WHEREAS, our 21st Century economy will depend upon the skills of a highly educated workforce, with many careers requiring an education level of a master's degree or beyond; and

WHEREAS, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with graduate degrees will increase 18% by 2018; and

WHEREAS, graduate students help mentor undergraduate students, act as teaching assistants, and support the efforts and research of faculty while becoming experts in their chosen fields of study; and —

WHEREAS, a graduate education provides a higher level of expertise that prepares students to become highly skilled professionals; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is proud to be home to numerous graduate programs in diverse disciplines, offering scholars a wide array of opportunities to advance their education;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BEVERLY EAVES PERDUE, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 22-28, 2011, as “GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK” and May 25, 2011, as “GRADUATE EDUCATION DAY” in North Carolina and commend its observance to all citizens.