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 Student Profile – Julie Thomas

    Julie Thomas is an Active Duty Air Force Family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently an AFIT student in the School of Nursing DNP program (Doctorate of Nursing Practice), in her first year. 1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Andre Assumpcao

    Andre Assumpcao is a global grad from São Paulo, Brazil. He is a third year doctoral student in Public Policy and his research area is political economy of development, with a particular focus on corruption, governance, and electoral systems. 1. … Continued

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile – Joseph Leshin

    Joseph Leshin is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, studying the brain basis of human emotion to investigate why and how there is tremendous variability in how each of us experiences emotions. 1. What made you decide to … Continued

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile – Sarah Ruth Hoffman

    Sarah Ruth Hoffman is a fourth year doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? I noticed that I was leaving undergrad with deeper questions about my field … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Student Profile – Margaret Tartala

    Margaret Tartala is a second year Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She also serves as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. 1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Dharitri Shah

    Dharitri Shah is a global grad from Gujarat, India. She is in the second year of the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Pradeep Pendem

    Pradeep Pendem is a fourth year doctoral candidate in Operations Management at Kenan-Flagler Business School. His hometown is Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, South India.  1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? … Continued

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile – Adante Hart

    Adante Hart is in the first year of the Master of Public Health program in Nutrition-Registered Dietitian training (MPH-RD) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? Although I earned … Continued

  • Military Grad Student Profile – Caroline Cleveland

    Caroline Cleveland is in the second year of UNC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader and assistant S-3 in the 18th Military Police Brigade, and was deployed as one of the first Cultural … Continued

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile – Leslie Adams

    Leslie Adams is a doctoral student in the Health Behavior program. She studies care-seeking behaviors and mental health service inequities among marginalized populations. 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? I have always loved research, but I … Continued