Browse news clips and stories about our diversity initiatives and our diverse graduate student body.

Transitioning to Graduate Life: First-Generation Students

CGSF StudentsOctober 2017

Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS initiative helps students succeed in graduate school.




Serving As Students: Military-Affiliated Graduate Students Transition Back to the Classroom

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October 2017

Three military-affiliated graduate students share their experiences transitioning back to campus life. Hear their stories and learn about the resources provided by The Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Global Scholars

Global Scholars PictureApril 2017

International students bring fresh perspectives to research, teaching and outreach at Carolina



Exploring marine microbial communities from New Zealand to Alaska

jp-storyJanuary 2017

Born in Manila, the capital city of Philippines, and growing up in Los Angeles, Balmonte said he enjoys the slow pace of life in the Triangle. He also appreciates the University’s resources and top-notch faculty.

“Going through graduate school [can] be isolating…it’s important to have the opportunity to take a step back, go back to your support network, gain some perspective from that and refresh your brain in order for you to tackle again more challenges and opportunities,” Balmonte said.

And the winner is… an innovative sex ed app!


December 2016

During spring and summer 2016, two Gillings School doctoral students, Elizabeth Chen and Cristina Leos, along with a Yale colleague, Vichi Jagannathan, set themselves an ambitious goal – to talk to more than 150 middle-school students about sexuality, self-image, changing bodies and relationships with peers. You know – the easy stuff.




2016 Education Pioneers Scott Morgan Award

eldrin-deasNovember 2016

Eldrin Deas, an education consultant and former teacher, was awarded the 2016 Scott Morgan Award for demonstrating remarkable achievement in creating equity and opportunity for underserved students.

Deas has since become an education consultant and researcher, as well as a member of the education committee for My Brother’s Keeper Durham, where he is responsible for developing strategies to ensure boys and young men of color graduate high school.


A Journey Complete (Phinally Done)

erika_largecatch_sSeptember 2016

The last five years have been quite busy for Professor Erika Young.

It could be said that Dr. Young’s journey to a doctoral degree began in 2009 when she moved to Morehead City to undertake laboratory and field studies full time at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.



Serving Those Who Serve


September 2016

New initiative welcomes military-affiliated graduate students to Carolina and helps them transition to academic life.

Military-affiliated students often face unique challenges in university life and graduate studies.  As they expect, the culture of the military is very different from the culture of academia.



The Drive to Discover


September 2016

“At one time, graduate students were all undergraduates who were considering a graduate degree.”

Through the Summer Undergraduate Pipeline, The Graduate School works directly with summer undergraduate research programs to create connections and provide tools that help undergraduates make the transition to graduate careers.


Student scholars: Social workers can advance research, discussion on the impact of negative police encounters on Black families, communities


September 2016

Furthermore, Sewell, Horsford, Coleman and Watkins suggested that social workers have a responsibility to advocate for criminal justice reform and to help identify and holistically treat the trauma that Black individuals and their families may experience as a result of environmental stressors, including negative interactions with police or the perceived threat of such encounters.


Three from UNC-Chapel Hill Selected as 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows


June 2016

Aisha Saad ’09, Vishwajith Sridharan ’14, and Heidi Vuletich were recently selected as recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This is the first time Carolina has had more than one person selected as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the same year.




  • Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile- Rose and Nathan Horswill

    Nathan Horswill started the fall semester in the first year of a Masters in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Operations Research, with a focus on Machine Learning.  Nathan just got out of the Army in May after having served 8 years as … Continued

  • CGSF Student Profile- Samantha Luu

    Samantha is a second-year Masters of Public Health Student in the department of Health Behavior. She is a valuable member of the Health Behavior Student Services team and her research focuses on Peer Support. During her free time, Samantha enjoys … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile- LaVoya Woods-Dionne

    LaVoya Woods-Dionne is in her second year of the MSW program at the UNC School of Social Work. She has worked as an intern with refugees, adults and children who’ve experienced the trauma of war. In her military life she … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile- Bannie Pan

    Bannie Pan is a global grad from Taipei, Taiwan. He is in his second year of the Master’s program in Strategic Communication at the School of Media and Journalism.    1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile- Pablo Miño

    My name is Pablo Mino and I a first-year Ph.D. student at the School of Media and Journalism. I am originally from Santiago, Chile. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? Location! I wanted … Continued

  • CGSF Student Profile- Teresa Phan

    Teresa is a first year Master’s student studying Information Science at the School of Information and Library Science. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant for the Initiative for Minority Excellence. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Ina Falkeid

    Ina Falkeid is a second year Master’s student in American Studies, on an exchange program from the University of Oslo, Norway. She is from a small, coastal town in the southwest of Norway called Haugesund.  1. What made you choose … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile – Darren Hearn

    Darren Hearn is a first year doctoral student in the Human Movement Science Curriculum. He studies primary prevention of musculoskeletal injuries under the mentorship of Dr. Darin Padua.  1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military … Continued

  • CGSF Student Profile- Autumn McClellan

    Autumn McClellan has been part of the Carolina family for nine years, during which she earned her Master’s and PhD from the Sociology Department. She recently defended her dissertation – “Social Psychological Influences on Participation in Online Collective Actions” – … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Huanyu Cong

    Huanyu Cong is an Ed.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction program. She is a global grad from Weihai, China. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? UNC is a public university with a … Continued