Student Stories

With New History Scholarship, Undergraduate Pursues Deeper Understanding of Black History

As a student attending rural North Carolina grade schools and a Raleigh high school that is majority white, Candace Silver saw just a few other Black faces in her classes, if any. Lessons and books paid little attention to telling Black people’s stories, she recalls. Now, as the inaugural recipient of the new Gregory Mixon-Sonya Ramsey Black Lives Matter Scholarship, Silver continues to grow her understanding and appreciation for a broader view that includes the contributions and struggles of Black people throughout history.

UNC Charlotte Biology, Psychology Major Accepted By 10 Highly Ranked Medical Schools

Levine Scholar Andrea Badillo-Pérez will pursue her passion for service as she heads to New York University Grossman School of Medicine with full funding, after receiving acceptances from 10 top-rated medical schools. Badillo-Pérez earned bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and a minor in public health in the College of Health and Human Services.

UNC Charlotte Political Science, Spanish Major Named Finalist For Rhodes Scholarship

Megan Bird, a UNC Charlotte senior from Charlottesville, Virginia, was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships. While she ultimately was not chosen as one of the 32 American Rhodes Scholars, announced on Nov. 21, her selection as a finalist is a significant achievement.

Optical Science and Engineering Doctoral Student Named Winner In North American Optical Design Competition

Optical Science and Engineering doctoral student Shohreh Shadalou is one of five award winners in Synopsys’ 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Shadalou competed against graduate and undergraduate students from across North America.

Twenty-Seven Army ROTC Cadets Commissioned In Virtual Ceremony

The UNC Charlotte Army ROTC Program will hold a virtual commissioning ceremony for its graduating 49er Battalion cadets, held virtually due to social distancing related to COVID-19.

Religious Studies, Criminal Justice Scholar Excels, Makes Plans To "Change the World"

Annie Burchill has distinguished herself at UNC Charlotte as she completed majors in religious studies and criminal justice and a minor in urban youth and communities, graduating in May 2021 with ambitious plans to make a difference in the world. "I recently submitted my intent to enroll at UNC Charlotte for my M.A. in religious studies," Burchill says. "After that... who knows?.... because my mentors, friends, and UNC Charlotte as a whole have equipped me with everything I need to change the world."

NSF Chooses CLAS Student, Alumnus For Highly Competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Chemistry undergraduate Terawit Kongruengkit and political science alumnus Anthony Lindsay each will receive a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. They are among just 12 percent of applicants selected nationwide this year for the highly competitive honor.

Students Raise Funds For Women In Math and Statistics Scholarship

The Actuarial Science Club is more than halfway to its goal of $25,000 to endow a “Women in Math and Statistics Scholarship” scholarship in memory of UNC Charlotte mathematics alumna Marie Josee Mukamwiza.

STEM Mentoring Program Receives $3M In New Funding

A mentoring program co-led by UNC Charlotte researcher Sandra Clinton that aims to retain undergraduate women in the geosciences is on the shortlist for the international Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science. The program also has received almost $3 million in new NSF funding.

Graduate Students Honored For Teaching Excellence

Two graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Nitika, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, and Caroline Brinegar, who is pursuing her master’s degree in Geography – were recently designated UNC Charlotte’s most Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants.