2013 News and Announcements

Graduate School Newsletter

Award and Fellowship Recipients

News Headlines

Making a name for ourselves

December 1, 2013

You've seen the last of the Gradschool News and The Fountain magazine. We need your help in going forward.

Send us back to Carolina past

December 1, 2013

We know you have them. Tucked away in a closet or in that storage chest you hardly ever open are photos from your days as a graduate student at Carolina. We want to see them — dated hairstyles, interesting fashion choices and all.

How do you send us your photos? We're so glad you asked…

Program equips grad students with the professional tools they'll need

November 15, 2013

"Dissertation Boot Camp" — um, what does that mean? To the graduate students who sign up the minute registration opens, it means a valuable opportunity to hone skills they'll need for their future careers.

Royster fellows, Covenant Scholars team up to explore graduate school options

November 15, 2013

Is graduate school for me? Imagine being an undergraduate, maybe a first-generation college student, exploring that option. Wouldn't it be wonderful to talk to an accomplished graduate student? That's where a Royster Society of Fellows mentoring program comes in…

Listen to Mike and Linaka reflect on their experience as mentor and mentee.

Announcing the first Leadership Development Scholars

November 15, 2013

The Graduate School Professional Development program has named its first Leadership Development Scholars, and the student recipients will develop specific projects that contribute to the professional development of their peers.

The goal of the leadership program is to provide graduate and professional students with experiences that will help build their leadership skills.

University community invited to Graduate Education Summit Nov. 1

October 17, 2013

Three student groups will host a panel discussion Nov. 1 on the state of graduate education in North Carolina and the nation.

The University community is invited to attend the Graduate Education Summit, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the theater of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Academic panels part of installation festivities

October 4, 2013

The day before a new chancellor is installed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina faculty will participate in three academic panel discussions about UNC research and its impact. The panel discussions are part of a series of events leading up to the installation of Carol L. Folt as the University's 11th chancellor on University Day, Oct. 12.

Remembering the life and generosity of Lovick P. Corn

September 30, 2013

Lovick Pierce Corn, whose generosity has provided and continues to provide critical support to UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students, died on Sept. 26, 2013. Mr. Corn was 91 years old.

Royster fellow Jason Priem displays poster at White House

September 30, 2013

Jason Priem, Ph.D. student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), was recently given the opportunity to take his work all the way to the White House. Priem was invited as one of 13 selected to present his research at the White House's “Champions of Change” program celebrating Open Science.

Help The Graduate School name its publications, win an iPad mini

September 25, 2013

Currently, alumni receive two different publications: a newsletter three times a year and a print and digital magazine called The Fountain.

We want to combine the newsletter and The Fountain into one new multimedia publication. This is where you come in....

New five-year Royster fellows have diverse research interests, backgrounds

August 27, 2013

A few months ago, Alex McVey was the assistant director of debate for George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Emily Toutkoushian was teaching in Jackson, N.C. Marie Camerota was completing her bachelor's degree at Cornell University. Dillan Bono was working for the Charities Aid Foundation in London.

Where are they now? Beginning their doctoral studies at UNC-Chapel Hill as five-year fellows within The Graduate School's Royster Society of Fellows.

Computer science students receive Google PhD Fellowships

July 8, 2013

Two UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral students in computer science are among the 15 nationwide and in Canada to receive 2013 Google PhD Fellowships. Yunchao Gong received the fellowship in machine perception, and Yinqian Zhang received the fellowship in computer security. Additional fellowships were awarded to doctoral students in Australia, China, India and Europe, totaling 39 Google fellows.

Graduate students propose Duke/UNC project as innovative idea, win NSF award

June 17, 2013

Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral students, Clare Fieseler, ecology, and Justin Ridge, marine sciences, have won second place in the National Science Foundation's Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge for presenting the Duke/UNC Scientists with Stories Project as a model of incorporating narrative-based science communication training into graduate education.

Ariely asks graduates “What kind of future are you going to design?” and Berke receives mentoring award

May 11, 2013

The UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School held the 2013 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 11 in the Dean E. Smith Center. Nearly 300 students participated in the ceremony. Dr. Dan Ariely gave the keynote address and Dr. Philip Berke, a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.

2 UNC Ph.D. candidates awarded national dissertation fellowships

April 24, 2013

Two doctoral candidates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nathaniel Sharadin and Natalia Suit, have been named 2013 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows.

New master's in global studies kicks off in fall 2014

April 24, 2013

The College of Arts and Sciences will offer a new graduate program in global studies, with the first class of students admitted in fall 2014.

Baker receives Boka Hadzija Award for Commitment to Leadership, Scholarship, Service

April 17, 2013

Stephanie Baker, a doctoral student in Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill, has received the 2013 Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service by a Graduate or Professional Student.

Multiple UNC graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

March 12, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2013 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2014 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."

‘Working Toward Water Justice’ symposium on March 26

March 7, 2013

The Weiss Urban Livability Program, a UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School fellowship program focused on improving urban livability, is coordinating a March 26 public symposium titled "Working Toward Water Justice in North Carolina."

The free event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hyde Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Those interested in attending are asked to register at gradschool.unc.edu/weisswaterjustice

Biology, history alumni to give third annual Sequoyah lecture March 21

March 4, 2013

Two UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduates, representing the fields of history and biology, will be the featured speakers at the third annual Sequoyah Distinguished Lecture on March 21.

The free public event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Carolina Inn's Hill Ballroom. A reception will follow.

UNC-Chapel Hill to host Native Leadership Symposium on Feb. 21

February 11, 2013

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.

The UNC-Chapel Hill event, “Discussions on Self-Governance, Sovereignty and Sustaining Vibrant Communities,” will be held in Alumni Hall I of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The daylong event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes lunch, is free to the public.

Diversity of opinion welcomed on new blog

February 5, 2013

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. The students hope to provide a platform for scientists across fields such as ecology, genetics and biology to glean from the collective knowledge about biodiversity.

Graduate Student Recognition Celebration to be April 10

January 23, 2013

The 15th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony will be held on April 10, 2013, beginning with research poster presentations at 3 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. and a reception directly following the ceremony. The event, open to the public, will be held at the Alumni Ballrooms of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.