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Margarita Machado-Casas, Meghan McGlinn and Drinda Benge receive campus-wide recognition for outstanding research

Two students from the School of Education were selected to receive a Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award, and a third received honorable mention, for their outstanding graduate student research that is of particular benefit to North Carolina.

Margarita Machado-Casas and Meghan McGlinn, doctoral students in the Culture, Curriculum and Change Program, were two out of only 14 graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be selected for the award. Drinda Benge, a doctoral student in the Curriculum & Instruction Program, received honorable mention. 

Margarita Machado-Casas was honored for her dissertation, “Narrating Education of New Indigenous/Latino Transnational Communities in the South: Migration, Life, and its Effects on Schooling,” which details the cultural distance between North Carolina public schools and North Carolina’s growing Latino population. 

Her research emphasizes the importance of communication between the state’s schools and immigrant families, and the need for more parent involvement and leadership development within the Latino community.

An American Association of Higher Education fellow, Machado-Casas currently serves as the Latino outreach coordinator for the Research Triangle Schools Partnership in the School of Education. 

George Noblit, Joseph R. Neikirk distinguished professor of sociology of education, is her faculty advisor.

Meghan McGlinn received an Impact Award for her dissertation titled, “Making Digitized Primary Sources Available and Accessible: The Case of Documenting the American South and the Social Studies.”  Her primary advisor is Cheryl Mason Bolick, assistant professor of educational technology and social studies education.

In her research, McGlinn planned and implemented a study of six public middle and high school social studies teachers to find out the extent to which these teachers use DocSouth resources in their classrooms.  Based on her findings, McGlinn discovered that there is great potential for the use of DocSouth, although there is a need for better teacher training and instruction regarding the use and availability of these digital sources.

Drinda Benge’s dissertation, titled “Latina/o Students’ Perceptions about American Citizenship and Citizenship Education,” explored the perceptions and knowledge these students possess regarding the rights, duties and responsibilities of United States citizens. 

Xue Lan Rong, associate professor of social studies education, was Benge’s faculty advisor on the project.

GEAB Impact Award winners will be recognized for their outstanding achievement during the Graduate School’s Annual Student Recognition Celebration on Thursday, April 6 in the Carolina Club at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on UNC’s campus.