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

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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)

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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.




  • MAGS Student Profile- Lisa Perrone

    Lisa Perrone is a U.S. Navy dentist in her first year of the graduate program in oral and maxillofacial radiology, within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in … Continued

  • CGSF/IME Student Profile- Ana Ramirez

    Ana Ramirez is a first-year doctoral student in anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? I took three years off between my undergraduate and graduate school years. I … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile- Parag Saikia

    Parag Jyoti Saikia is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recipient of the Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship awarded by The Graduate School. He hails from Assam, a … Continued

  • Global Grads- Ilich Mejia

    Ilich Mejía is a global grad from La Ceiba, Honduras. Ilich is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication at the School of Media and Journalism. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place … Continued

  • CGSF Student Profile- Alexis Georgeson

    Alexis Georgeson is a third year PhD student studying Quantitative Psychology.  Her research focuses on psychometrics, longitudinal design, and substance use in adolescents. What made you pursue a graduate degree? Like most psychology majors, I initially wanted to be a … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Student Profile- Ericka & Matt Case

    Ericka Case is a first-year at UNC and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Health Leadership Program, class of 2020. She served in the Navy Nurse Corps and held jobs as an oncology/ hematology nurse, led a medical … Continued

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Student Profile- Travis Wilson

    Travis is a first year graduate student in the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program and his research includes determining social interactions between marine bacteria by investigating the competitive phenotypes of microbes present in salt marsh ecosystems. Previously, he served for seven … Continued

  • Global Grads Student Profile – Hongyi Dong

    Hongyi Dong is a second-year in the School of Information and Library Science, pursuing a MS in Information Science. He is a TCK (Third-Culture Kid) born in one country, but raised in another. He loves to learn new languages- he … Continued

  • CGSF Student Profile -Kyle Chan

    Kyle Chan is from Hong Kong and is currently doing a PhD in Political Science. He completed his undergraduate degree in Hong Kong, then an MSc at the Leiden University (in the Netherlands) before coming here coming to UNC. What … Continued

  • 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