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Thirty-three students at UNC-Chapel Hill have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program for their research in STEM-related fields. UNC SOM recipients are Glory Dan-Dukor, McKenzie Grundy, Nichole Margaret Hondrogiannis, Dhuvarakesh Karthikeyan, and Rachel Sharp.

Thirty-three students — both graduate and undergraduate — at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for their research in STEM-related fields, including chemistry, geography, neuroscience, and more.

Twenty-three recipients’ graduate degree programs are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. Several recipients come from highly ranked schools across the University, including the UNC School of Medicine, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Education.

Beth Mayer-Davis, dean of the Graduate School, said this year’s recipients come from key areas of graduate research that drive the creation of new knowledge to solve major challenges of our day and position our state to thrive.

“These students represent the breadth of graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill,” Mayer-Davis said. “This prestigious recognition is part of what puts Carolina’s students at the forefront of research with impact. I am thrilled that our students’ curiosity has led them to this achievement.”

These highly competitive fellowships recognize and support outstanding students who aim to pursue research-based master’s or doctoral degrees. Fellows receive federal funding by way of a three-year stipend, educational support, and opportunities for professional development and international research. The fellowship began in 1952.

Here’s a list of UNC School of Medicine student recipients of the NSF GRFP

  • Glory Dan-Dukor (Pharmaceutical Sciences; UNC School of Medicine)
  • McKenzie Grundy (Pharmacology; UNC School of Medicine)
  • Nichole Margaret Hondrogiannis (Department of Cell Biology and Physiology; UNC School of Medicine)
  • Dhuvarakesh Karthikeyan (Bioinformatics & Computational Biology; UNC School of Medicine)
  • Rachel Sharp (Neuroscience curriculum; UNC School of Medicine)

To see full list of recipients, click here.