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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Candace Buckner

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Candace Buckner

    Candace Buckner is a seventh-year doctoral candidate in the Ancient Mediterranean Religions track in the Department of Religious Studies. Her specialization is Early Christianity, and her research primarily focuses on biographies written about ancient Egyptian desert monks. She explores how this literature reveals the ways early Christians tackled difficult topics such as race and ethnicity, usage of space, infirmity, and disability. She explores what ancient writings can teach us ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Betty Martinez

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Betty Martinez

    Betty Martinez is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Nursing Graduate Program and a first year family nurse practitioner post-graduate student. Her research interests include children with chronic illnesses and the impact on quality of life and adherence in the military population. Additionally, she is interested in continuity of care and how children’s ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Smita Misra

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Smita Misra

    Smita Misra is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication. Born in India, she grew up as a child in Bahrain and a teenager in Toronto. She has been studying trauma since 2012 with experience spanning Canadian, British, and American contexts. What made you choose UNC-Chapel Hill when deciding on a program/place to study?  I had applied to the ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Blaque Robinson

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Blaque Robinson

    Blaque Robinson is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the Black racial identity, attitudes, and mental health in predominately white schools. She also a Mellon Fellow and Beinecke Scholar. What made you choose UNC-Chapel Hill when deciding on a program/place to study?  I decided to pursue graduate study at ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Marketa Burnett

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - Marketa Burnett

    Marketa Burnett is a second-year doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology Graduate Program at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Her research interests include the development of racial and gender stereotypes and how that impacts the educational outcomes of African American youth. Additionally, she is interested in how parents’ racial socialization messages and behaviors impact ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Ricky Burgess

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - Ricky Burgess

    Richard Burgess is a first-year doctoral student at Kenan-Flagler Business School concentrating in organizational behavior. Richard is passionate about team building and leadership, and is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa (Go Steelers!). What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree?   I decided to pursue a PhD in organizational behavior to fulfill a childhood dream. I had ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Giovanna Gobbi

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Giovanna Gobbi

    Giovanna Gobbi is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in the English and Comparative Literature Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. Candidate in Brazilian Literature at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Her research focuses on the analysis of vivid description in 19th-century Brazilian epic poetry and the writing of ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Kierra Peak

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Kierra Peak

    Kierra Peak is a first-year Student in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is a native North Carolinian from Fayetteville and a double Tar Heel graduating from UNC in 2014. Her  hobbies include being a patron of the arts by attending concerts, plays, and other productions. Though she is still figuring out ...

  • MAGS Student Profile- Matthew Hall

    MAGS Student Profile- Matthew Hall

    Matthew Hall is currently the chief resident in the Preventive Medicine Residency Program and is nearly finished earning a Master of Science in clinical research through the Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research interests involve studying electronic cigarette use during pregnancy and the associated maternal and fetal health outcomes. Matt’s hobbies include running, swimming, and painting.   What ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Yashvi Patel

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Yashvi Patel

    Yashvi Patel is a passionate environmentalist hailing from the vibrant land of beauty and harmony, India. She is in her final year pursuing a Masters in Environmental Engineering.   What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? UNC has one of the top-notch Public Health programs in the country so selecting this particular university ...