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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Global Grads: Dongbo Lu

    Global Grads: Dongbo Lu

    Dongbo Lu is a graduate research assistant in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. 

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS: Stefani Baca-Atlas

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS: Stefani Baca-Atlas

    Stefani Baca-Atlas is an interprofessional researcher who studies structural and historical risk factors that facilitate transgenerational trauma, and relationships between migration, victimization and exploitation, and mental, physical, and behavioral health outcomes. The Graduate School featured her volunteerism at Carolina in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2021. Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Area of study: Ph.D.; School of Social Work What ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence: Margarett McBride

    Initiative for Minority Excellence: Margarett McBride

    Margarett McBride is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Her research focuses on how neighborhood contexts shape parenting and youth well-being in Black families. The Graduate School featured her research in its spring 2021 Beyond These Walls event.

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Diamond Ebanks Holloman

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - Diamond Ebanks Holloman

    Diamond Ebanks Holloman is a doctoral candidate in the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program. She earned her bachelor’s degrees from New York University in environmental studies and journalism, and a master’s degree from her current program. Her community-based research focuses on the intersection of race, social vulnerability, the environment, and the movement of water. She ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Kaeli Welsh

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Kaeli Welsh

    Kaeli Welsh, originally from Minneapolis, is a second-year doctoral student in pharmacology. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry with honors from St. Olaf College before joining the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a recipient of the 2020-2021 National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant. What ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – MaryBeth Spoehr

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - MaryBeth Spoehr

    MaryBeth Spoehr is pursuing her master of public administration degree within the School of Government. She received her bachelor’s degree in social sciences at Michigan Technological University, where she also competed on the women’s varsity soccer team and completed her training in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following her undergraduate studies, she commissioned into the ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Esteban Agudo

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Esteban Agudo

    Esteban Agudo is a doctoral student in the UNC Department of Biology, housed in the College of Arts & Sciences. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he studied the importance of corals for reef fish during his bachelor’s and master’s degree (in the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas) and also worked on environmental impact projects. Currently, he ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Thanh Phan

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Thanh Phan

    Thanh Phan is a third-year doctoral student in biochemistry and biophysics. She is an international student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College. Currently, under the guidance of Dr. Brian Kuhlman, she is working on developing vaccine antigens against dengue viruses. “I hope to contribute to ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Pasuth Thothaveesansuk

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Pasuth Thothaveesansuk

    Pasuth Thothaveesansuk is a doctoral student in global history. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, he received his bachelor’s degree in history and German studies from the University of Virginia and is expected to receive his master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill this May. What made you choose UNC-Chapel Hill when deciding on a program/place to study? I chose Carolina ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Zach Alessi-Friedlander

    Lieutenant Colonel Zach Alessi-Friedlander is a master’s student in history. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he participated in the Art of War Scholars Program. He is an active-duty Army officer and most recently served as a strategic advisor to the Commander of the ...