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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Emily Damone

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Emily Damone

    Emily Damone is a 1st year PhD student in Biostatistics. She graduated from Purdue University in 2018 with BS degrees in Statistics and Mathematics and minors in Biology and Economics. Her research interests include clinical trial design and causal inference, especially their applications in cancer research. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and playing French ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Jonathan Lucas

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Jonathan Lucas

    Jonathan Lucas spent ten years as a Marine Corps officer, stationed on both the East and West Coasts and traveling to twelve countries including Afghanistan. A couple years ago he made the big decision to completely change careers. He is currently an M.S. student in the UNC Marine Sciences department, conducting research on oyster population ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Deborah Baron

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Deborah Baron

    Deborah Baron is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her kids. What’s the thing you love most about Chapel Hill? The pace and the greenery. I’ve lived most of my life in hectic, ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Davis Winkie

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Davis Winkie

    Davis Winkie is a second-year military history Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in the Department of History. While most military-affiliated grads are transitioning from military life to civilian life, how was your experience transitioning from civilian life to military life? I am an officer cadet (09R) assigned to the NC National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh.  ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Katherine Huth

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Katherine Huth

    Katherine, “Kate,” Huth is a first-year student studying in the Global Studies department after 15 years of teaching in schools and Universities around the world.  When she is not working, she describes herself as “a total geek” and spends her hours reading sci-fi and fantasy, watching Doctor Who and chasing Pokemon. What made you choose UNC/NC when ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS/Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Ana Ramirez

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS/Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - 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 took those years to really explore my interests and different career pathways which led me to keywords ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Parag Saikia

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - 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 state in the Northeastern region of India. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Ilich Mejia

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - 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 to study? I decided to come to UNC because its School of Media and Journalism has an ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Alexis Georgeson

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - 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 clinical psychologist.  At the time, I had no idea what a PhD was, but within my first ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Ericka & Matt Case

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - 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 readiness department, and served as a clinic manager in primary care.   Matt Case is also a ...