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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Annamaria Vesely

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Annamaria Vesely

    Annamaria Vesely, a master’s student in public health, was in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in management. “My career has spanned many fields and now I seek to continue a legacy of service by striving to improve the nutrition and public health ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Aaron Crain

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Aaron Crain

    Aaron Crain is a doctoral student in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology. He is originally from Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He uses a fruit fly model to study cell growth and animal development in the lab of Dr. Bob Duronio, professor and director of the Integrative Program ...

  • Global Grad Featured Scholar – Francesco Nappo

    Global Grad Featured Scholar - Francesco Nappo

    Francesco Nappo is a doctoral student in philosophy. Born and raised near Mount Vesuvius and Naples, Italy, he completed a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Collegio Ghislieri, University of Pavia, and a master of philosophy degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.   What made you choose UNC-Chapel Hill when deciding on a program/place to ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Ricky Burgess

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - Ricky Burgess

    Richard “Ricky” Burgess is a doctoral student at Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a concentration in organizational behavior. His research centers on leadership, diversity and team dynamics. Prior to UNC-Chapel Hill, he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both an MBA and master of science degree in public ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Dana Anthony

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Dana Anthony

    Dana Anthony is a second-year strategic communication master’s student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Her interests include diversity, and intercultural and international relations. “I hope to help business organizations initiate, build and manage successful relationships with their audiences and eliminate any cultural imbalances that limit opportunities for everyone.”  What made you choose ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Min Tang

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Min Tang

    Min Tang is a doctoral student in philosophy, with a specialization in philosophy of mind, language and cognitive science. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of science and technology from Renmin University of China, a master’s degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied mathematics from Lingnan Normal ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Claudia Ringel

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Claudia Ringel

    Claudia Ringel is a dentist and served as an officer surgeon for the German military for almost 20 years. She says she thrives on new challenges that are outside of her comfort zone, such as when she decided to get her Ph.D. in a different medical field– eye surgery in glaucoma patients– or when she ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Ricky Pimentel

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - Ricky Pimentel

    Ricky Pimentel is a first-year doctoral student in biomedical engineering, a joint department of UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. Previously, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University. He also worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a research coordinator to help improve walking ability in children with movement difficulties. He is passionate ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Eddie Yang

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Eddie Yang

    A former Fulbright scholar, Eddie Yang is a doctoral student in English and comparative literature. Drawing from British literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, he hopes to produce a project that examines how authors and readers have historically interacted – and experimented with – genre traditions. “I have no doubt that literature has the ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Ekiuwa Imariagbe

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Ekiuwa Imariagbe

    Ekiuwa Imariagbe is a Master of Public Health (MPH) student concentrating in health behavior. Originally from New York, she graduated from Syracuse University in 2018 with a degree in health exercise science. She is a Gillings Ambassador and a Graduate Research Assistant for Diversity and Student Success in The Graduate School. What made you choose UNC-Chapel ...