STUDENT STORIES

NSF Chooses CLAS Student, Alumnus For Highly Competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Chemistry undergraduate Terawit Kongruengkit and political science alumnus Anthony Lindsay each will receive a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. They are among just 12 percent of applicants selected nationwide this year for the highly competitive honor.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Catch Up With The 2020-2021 Personally Speaking Published Experts Series With Films On YouTube

The Personally Speaking published experts series in its 11th season looked at drones, cats, and Africa. Three UNC Charlotte scholars/researchers in 2020-2021 talks discussed books they have written and how they came to write them during the annual series.

HONORS & AWARDS

Chemistry Professor Receives National Award For Excellence In Mentoring Undergraduates' Research

For significant – and long-standing – contributions to the professional development of undergraduates, and in honor of his own research, Chemistry Professor Dan Rabinovich has received the top award presented by the American Chemical Society each year to a researcher who mentors undergraduate scholars in an outstanding manner.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

UNC Charlotte Alumna, Public Historian Named Executive Director of Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

UNC Charlotte alumna and former faculty member Brenda Tindal ’04 has been named executive director of Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. She earned bachelor’s degrees in History and Africana Studies with University Honors distinction from UNC Charlotte in 2004 and was a visiting faculty member in the Department of History and the Honors College.

RESEARCH

UNC Charlotte MPA Program Rises To Top 17% In U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings place the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration at#48 nationall, with the program moving into top 17 percent of all ranked public affairs programs. For UNC Charlotte’s nationally accredited MPA program, its ranking marks a 19% increase over last year’s results.

Researcher Earns NSF CAREER Award To Support Work With Optical Systems To Find Creative Solutions

UNC Charlotte researcher Rosario Porras-Aguilar is fascinated by light, inspired by its beauty and its usefulness. Specifically, she focuses her pioneering research on how light can enable more accurate quantitative data in fields ranging from microbiology to high-tech manufacturing. To support her research, Porras-Aguilar this spring received a coveted National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.

Chemist Conducts Innovative Energy Research, Earning Coveted NSF CAREER Award

With demand growing for renewable energy and for novel energy storage options, UNC Charlotte chemist Christopher Bejger is conducting innovative research that holds promise for new solutions. To support his research, Bejger this spring received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award.

IN MEMORIAM

College Mourns Loss of Mathematics Faculty Member

UNC Charlotte Professor Emeritus Nickolas (Nick) M. Stavrakas, 74, passed away on March 24, 2021 at Atrium Health University City following a sudden illness. Stavrakas was a professor and administrator in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for 43 years before retiring in 2015.

INK

The New York Times Names UNC Charlotte Creative Writing Professor's Novel A Best Book To Give This Year

With its portrayal of the difficulties of frontier life, The New York Times Book Review has just named "All God's Children" by novelist and UNC Charlotte English Associate Professor Aaron Gwyn as one of The Best Books To Give This Year.

GLOBAL REACH

Africana Studies Researcher's Book Continues to Sweep Awards

UNC Charlotte Africana Studies associate professor Oscar de la Torre’s first book continues to sweep book prize awards, now recognized with two best book prizes and one honorable mention award.

TEACHING & ADVISING

M.S. in Math Finance Soars To Highest Level Ever In TFE Times National Ranking

UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science in Mathematical Finance program has once again been named among the top-ranked programs in the nation, ranking No. 12 in the TFE Times’ 2021 Master of Financial Engineering program rankings. As a STEM-designated program of the Departments of Finance and Economics in the Belk College of Business and the Mathematics and Statistics Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the program excels in readying students for careers in an emerging field.