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.




  • 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

  • Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile – Alex Rutgers

    Alex Rutgers is in the first year of Law School. He served as an Infantry and Intelligence Officer in the Army for six years. 1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian life? … Continued

  • CGSF Student Profile – Juanita Limas

    Juanita Limas is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology. Her research focuses on cell cycle regulation, in particular, elucidating the mechanisms of oncogene-induced DNA replication stress. 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? My … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile – Matthew Pastewait

    Matthew Pastewait is an Air Force general dentist. He is currently a first year resident in the UNC School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics.   1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Angelica Gomez

    Angelica Gomez is a global grad from Medellin, Colombia. She is in her second year in the Ph.D. program in Geography. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? I decided to enter the Department … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Grad Student Profile – James O’Connor

    James Patrick O’Connor, is in the first year of the MSN-PNP program. He retired in 2006 as an infantry Master Sergeant serving in the United States Marine Corps, U.S., Army, and California Army National Guard, with deployments to Egypt and … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Alessandra Bassalobre Garcia

    Alessandra Bassalobre Garcia is a third year PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public health. She is a global grad from Marília, São Paulo, Brazil. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding … Continued