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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.

The CCHD fellowship will support Pancsofar’s final year of dissertation work, under the mentorship of Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Families and Literacy in the School of Education. 

As a fellow, Pancsofar will attend weekly CCHD seminars and participate in small group discussions. The seminars and discussions will give her the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of conceptual frameworks and analytic approaches in the study of developmental science. 

Additionally, the award includes a small research and travel stipend to further support professional development endeavors. Pancsofar plans to pursue an academic career studying contextual influences on early child development and care. 

The Carolina Consortium on Human Development was established in 1987 by faculty and researchers from three neighboring universities – UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro and Duke University – to promote the interdisciplinary study of developmental science. The goal was to transcend the limitations of institutional and disciplinary divisions to facilitate scholarship and collaboration among faculty and young scientists. 

CCHD was the foundation of what is now UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Developmental Science (CDS), an advanced institute for developmental studies opened in 1994. The Consortium continues its mission today as one of the three research branches that comprise CDS.