Student News

2007

Paul Fitchett receives University Impact Award for outstanding research

Paul Fitchett, a fourth-year Ed.D. student in the School’s Curriculum and Instruction program, has been selected to receive a 2008 Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. Fitchett was one of approximately 10 graduate students from UNC-Chapel Hill to be chosen for the award, which recognizes outstanding graduate student research of particular benefit to North Carolina. 

Priscilla Maynor named UCEA Jackson Scholar

Priscilla Maynor, a third-year Ed.D. student in Educational Leadership, has been named UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2007-2009 Barbara L. Jackson Scholar. The Jackson scholarship network is an effort made possible by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). The program represents UCEA’s commitment to increasing the number of racial and ethnic minority scholars who enter the professoriate.

Nadya Pancsofar receives predoctoral fellowship

Nadya Pancsofar, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Education; Early Childhood, Families and Literacy, recently received one of the seven predoctoral fellowships granted by the Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) for the 2007-2008 academic year. She joins six students from various in-state programs and schools, including Duke University, North Carolina State University, Meredith College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Central University.

Graduate students pursue global summer opportunities

Graduate students from the School of Education worked with children in South Africa and studied mathematics education in Iceland this past summer.

Nicole Sorge receives merit scholarship from National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Nicole Carolyn Sorge, a junior from Raleigh in the School’s Elementary Education program, recently won a $1,000 Merit Award scholarship from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS awards 50 of these scholarships each year to new members who excel both inside and outside the classroom. The award, granted to high-achieving students across the country, serves to defray the costs of education.

Adrienne Sgammato receives Spencer Foundation Fellowship

Adrienne Sgammato, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Education; Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, was recently selected as a Spencer Foundation Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year.  She will participate in the Foundation’s Discipline-Based Scholarship in Education program, which seeks to improve educational research by promoting collaboration among researchers in different disciplinary departments across a university, such as social work, psychology, education and others. Sgammato is one of 22 fellows selected from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Trip Stallings recognized for article on high school dropouts

Trip Stallings, a third-year Ph.D. student in Education; Culture, Curriculum and Change, recently received an award from the Governmental Research Association (GRA) for an article that sheds light on the issue of high school dropouts across the state.  The article, titled “Missing Persons: Understanding and Addressing High School Dropouts in North Carolina,” appears in the most recent edition of North Carolina Insight, the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research journal. 

Courtney George awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Courtney George, a doctoral student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, recently received a 2007-08 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation is titled “Toward Political and Ideological Clarity and Care: First Year ESL Teachers and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.”

Students in M.Ed. Program for Experienced Teachers are named Teachers of the Year

Two teachers enrolled in the School’s Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers were named 2007-08 Teachers of the Year in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district.

Bob Pleasants inducted into oldest student honorary society at UNC-Chapel Hill

Bob Pleasants, a doctoral student in the School’s Culture, Curriculum and Change program, was recently inducted into The Order of the Golden Fleece, the University’s oldest and highest honorary society. To be eligible for induction, a student must possess an exemplary character and have made a significant, lasting contribution to the University.

Stephanie Atkinson graduates with highest honors

Stephanie Rebecca Atkinson, a senior in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will graduate May 13, 2007 with highest honors. Her thesis topic is “Elementary teachers and girls: The need to build school efficacy.”

School initiates undergraduates into Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi, the 90-year-old international honor society for outstanding undergraduate students in education, welcomed 39 new initiates May 1, 2007.  Eligibility requirements include at least a 3.4 grade point average and a strong record of leadership and service.

Allison Anders receives University recognition for outstanding research

Allison Anders, a doctoral student in the School’s Culture, Curriculum and Change program, was selected to receive a 2007 Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. Anders was one of only 10 graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be chosen for the award. 

MaryFaith Mount-Cors awarded 2007-08 Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship

MaryFaith Mount-Cors, a second-year doctoral student in Culture, Curruculum and Change, has been selected as a recipient of a 2007-08 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. The $15,000 fellowship will fund her third year of doctoral work, when she will study the Kiswahili language and complete relevant area studies courses in political science and African studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, in preparation for her dissertation research focusing on education in East Africa.

Janet Lopez receives University award for public service

Janet Lopez, a Ph.D. student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, recently received the 2007 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award. The award is given through the office of the Carolina Center for Public Service and recognizes individual students and faculty who have demonstrated outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. 

Beth Dawkins selected for UNICEF internship in Pretoria, South Africa

Beth Dawkins, a second-year doctoral student in Early Childhood, Families and Literacy, has been selected to be an intern this summer with UNICEF in Pretoria, South Africa.

Rachelle Gold selected for University Undergraduate Teaching Award

Rachelle Gold, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Culture, Curriculum and Change, is one of six teaching assistants University-wide who will receive an Undergraduate Teaching Award at the Chancellor's Awards ceremony on April 16. This teaching award is funded, nominated and selected entirely by undergraduate students. It includes a monetary prize of $1,000.

Heidi Schuldt receives Delta Gamma Foundation fellowship

Heidi Schuldt, a master’s student in the School Counseling program, has received a fellowship from the Delta Gamma Foundation. The one-year award provides $2,500 to support her graduate study.

Adam Cottrell named one of 12 national Science Teaching Fellows for 2006

Adam Cottrell, a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, has received a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship. The five-year award provides financial and professional support, beginning with the academic year in which the fellow earns a teaching credential and continuing through the early years of the fellow’s teaching career.

Amber Jackson receives 2006 ASCA Foundation Scholarship, one of 10 nationwide

Amber Jackson, a master’s student in the School Counseling program, has been named one of 10 recipients nationwide to receive the 2006 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Foundation Scholarship. The purpose of the $1,000 scholarships is to help school counseling students fulfill their educational goals.

Kyle Higgins, Chris Scott selected for National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Kyle Higgins and Chris Scott, doctoral students in educational leadership, are among 40 doctoral students nationwide selected to participate in the 27th Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy.