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Master's Students Named Finalists in International Competition

DSBA at UNC Charlotte
Three graduate student teams from UNC Charlotte are finalists for the 2017 Teradata University Network (TUN) 2017 Data and Analytics Challenge, an international data analytics competition. From more than 70 submissions, just 17 finalists were selected, three of which are UNC Charlotte teams that will represent the Belk College of Business at the final competition. Shivam Thanvi, a Belk College MBA student and Vinaya Tinguria, a student in the Professional Science Master’s in Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA), will compete as finalists in the Data Challenge. In...

Through Service to Others, Public Health Doctoral Student Discovers the Leader Within

Keri Revens at Camino Charlotte
Once in awhile, you run across one of those people who, like a drop of water in a pool, creates ripples that affect everyone they touch.  Keri Revens is one of those people. Keri is one of several Charlotte graduate students and faculty who, collectively, contribute more than 60 hours each week delivering counseling services to people at the Camino Community Center and Bethesda free clinic a few blocks west of UNC Charlotte’s main campus.  Bethesda dispenses medical assistance to a client base comprising mostly non-English-speaking Latino immigrants.   But Keri doesn’t...

Showcasing Graduate Talent

Graduate Education Day in Raleigh.
Two of UNC Charlotte’s outstanding graduate students represented the university at the 2017 Graduate Education Day at the General Assembly in Raleigh, sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools.  The students met with several elected officials, including Rep. Linda Hunt Williams of Wake County, left, to discuss the impacts of their research.  Shown with UNC Graduate School Dean Tom Reynolds who hosted the visit, are from left: Rep. Williams, who also holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from UNC Charlotte; Ben Gordon,  doctoral student in...

Sagui-Henson, Fields Are 2017’s Top Graduate Teaching Assistants

2017 Graduate Teaching Assistant awards presented.
Sara Sagui-Henson and Peter Fields were recently selected the Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants for 2017.  Sara is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Psychology and David is working on his master’s in English. The awards, which included a $500 check, were presented April 21 at the Center for Graduate Life (CGL).  The Graduate School recognizes outstanding graduate teaching assistants each year, one at the doctoral level and one at the master's level, for their commitment to excellence in teaching. For more information on the GTA awards, please visit the Center for...

Congratulations May 2017 Graduates

Congratulations graduate students.
Over 1,000 graduate students will be honored with their higher education degree this May.  This marks the 32nd year UNC Charlotte has awarded graduate degrees.  Graduate education at UNC Charlotte is flourishing and on the rise with over 150 programs in an array of interdisciplinary fields.  “My career in teaching and administration has taught me that each generation inevitably climbs on the shoulders of the next generation and pushes even harder against the boundaries of knowledge,” explains Tom Reynolds, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.  “As we...

Alumna Takes Data Down Under to Spread Best Practices in Education

Alumni Dr. Bree Jimenez and students of Mater Dei School, Cobbitty, Australia
Wherever she is in the world, UNC Charlotte alumna Dr. Bree Jimenez is devoted to sharing cutting-edge special education research with her colleagues. Jimenez recently relocated to Sydney, Australia, where she is a Visiting Research Consultant at Mater Dei School in Cobbitty in collaboration with the University of Sydney. She will work there into 2019, during which time she will mentor teachers based on research from evidence-based practices. Like other quality special education professors, Jimenez takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work by integrating evidence and clinical expertise...

Dual-Track Learning Produces Creative Solutions

Research of master's student Noushin Radnia.
As campus emptied on the Friday afternoon before spring break, Noushin Radnia was still hard at work conducting research in Storrs’ digital arts lab. One of three recipients of the School of Architecture’s Scholarship in Practice awards for 2017-2018, Radnia is working toward her master’s degree in Design Computation, a dual master’s program in the fields of architecture and computer science. She plans to graduate from this unique program in spring 2018. The Design Computation program, the first of its kind in the United States, graduated its first class in 2015. Graduates of the program are...

Urban Mosquito Project

Doctoral Student Ari Whiteman researches mosquito habitats for the Charlotte region.
As temperatures spike each spring, mosquitos start to swarm. They bring with them an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases and a need to understand how to guard against these pesky – and at times dangerous – insects. Researchers at UNC Charlotte and the Mecklenburg County Health Department are collaborating on a study to determine which factors in the environment lead to hotspots of mosquito activity – and they need your help. “Our research is focused on understanding the types of features that mosquitoes are looking for when selecting where to breed in cities,” says Ari Whiteman, a UNC...

Heather Smith Honored with de Silva Mentoring Award

Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award
Heather Smith, professor of geography and earth sciences and director of the doctorate in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, is the 2017 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award. She was honored at a special ceremony Thursday, March 30, at the Harris Alumni Center at Johnson Glen. From left, Tom Reynolds, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Joan Lorden, Provost, Dr. Smith, and Chancellor Philip Dubois. During the ceremony, University leaders noted Smith’s commitment to enhancing graduate student success at UNC Charlotte....

Brizendine Named CMAA Educator of the Year

Dr. Tony Brizendine from the William States Lee College of Engineering
Anthony L. “Tony” Brizendine of the UNC Charlotte William States Lee College of Engineering was recipient of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) 2016 National Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented at the CMAA National Conference Awards Ceremony in San Diego in October. According to CMAA President and CEO, Bruce D’Agostino, CMAA bestows the Educator of the Year Award on a construction faculty member as acknowledgement of exceptional accomplishments as advisors, educators, and mentors of students who plan professional careers in Construction Management...

Data Science Meets Veteran Student Success

DSBA graduate student Ray Xie
Business in Charlotte is booming – and it’s just where UNC Charlotte student Ray Xie wants to be. Since 2012, home closings in Charlotte have nearly tripled. Since 2014, the number of people employed here has risen by over 50,000. June 2016 alone brought in $1.6 billion in retail sales for the area. Xie is enrolled in the Master’s in Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) program, part of UNC Charlotte’s larger Data Science Initiative. The DSBA program is among the first of its kind in the region, and it gives students the opportunity to study the intersection of business, computer and...