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

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


November 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.




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    Global Grad Student Profile – Sofia Farah

    Sofia Farah is a Master’s student in the Global Studies program. She is a global grad from Temuco, in the south of Chile. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? I chose Global Studies … Continued

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    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile – Alli Schad

    Alli Schad is a final year Master’s student in the School of Social Work, specializing in integrated health care, mental health, and addiction treatment. 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? I wholeheartedly believe in the unlimited … Continued

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    Military Grad Student Profile – Connor Lawrence

    Connor Lawrence is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geological Sciences 1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian life? In the military, the success of the unit depended upon everyone completing a minimum … Continued

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    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile: Jennifer Rangel

    Jennifer Rangel is a Master’s candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning. She is a member of UNC’s Latin@ Education Research Hub in the School of Education and a member of the UNC Women of Worth Events Committee. … Continued

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    Global Grad Student Profile – Zainab Alidina

    Zainab Alidina is a global grad in the Masters of Public Health program, focusing on Maternal and Child Health. She was born in Tanzania and has lived significant parts of her life in both the UK and Canada. 1. What … Continued

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    Military Grad Student Profile – Scott Brees

    Scott Brees is a doctoral candidate in the Public Policy program. After 20 years of active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer overseas, he and his family returned to the U.S, settling in Chapel Hill. 1. What is the biggest … Continued

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    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Profile – Yesenia Merino

    Yesenia Merino is a doctoral student in the Health Behavior program in the School of Public Health 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? After working in various realms of public health for years, I decided to … Continued

  • Military Grads Student Profile – Drew Williams

    Drew Williams is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian life? I have enjoyed the more relaxed pace of civilian life, especially in the … Continued

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    Global Grads Student Profile – Cen Guo

    Cen Guo is a global grad from China. She is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? UNC Pharmacy School … Continued

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    Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile – Eleanor Mullens

    Eleanor MacEachern Mullens is pursuing her Master’s degree in Library Science, specializing in Special Libraries and Knowledge Management, with a particular focus on law librarianship. She has a B.A. in French from Old Dominion University and a Paralegal Certificate from Georgetown University. Eleanor served more … Continued