Local students earn degrees around the country
- Erin Elizabeth Neal from Durham graduated cum laude this spring with a bachelor of science degree from Longwood University, based in Farmville, Va. Neal also made the President’s List, which means she earned a perfect academic average of 4.0.
- Austin Anderson of Durham has earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from AIB College of Business, located in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Jackson Richard Taylor of Chapel Hill received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Wake Forest University this spring. During his doctoral studies, Taylor conducted research studies on skeletal muscle development and won the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Aging in 2011.
Taylor has received a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 2003 and received his bachelor of science degree in biology from East Carolina University in Greenville in 2007. Taylor plans to pursue further scientific research on aging.
- Sean Meehan of Durham received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech this spring.
- These students graduated from UNC Pembroke this spring: Sarah Elizabeth Beal of Efland in sociology; Jacob Aaron Dailey of Chapel Hill in mass communication; Dana F. Warren of Hillsborough in exercise and sport science; Her-rice Danielle Burden of Durham in art; Shannon Michele McCabe in criminal justice; Kaneisha S. Alston in exercise and sport science; Sarah Everette Barbee in mass communication; and Teandrea Nicole Hunter in exercise and sport science. Fungisai Beaullah Chanakira of Durham County graduated with a master of arts in education in clinical mental health counseling.
Graduation, dean’s list numbers at UNC-Chapel Hill
More than 5,800 students earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the May 12 commencement ceremony, according to a UNC release.
Out of 5,845 students who received a degree, 3,580 earned a bachelor’s, 1,327 earned a master’s, 259 earned a doctoral degree and 679 earned a professional degree.
There were 8,547 Carolina students selected for the spring Dean’s List.
Two Durham undergrads chosen as UNC Phillips Ambassadors
Two UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates from Durham have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors this spring and have been studying abroad in Asia this summer, according to a UNC news release.
Madeleine Kainz, a senior journalism and mass communication major, studied in Beijing, China, with the UNC-Peking Entrepreneurship Summer Program.
Abraham Sterling, a senior biology major, studied in Singapore this summer with the National University of Singapore Science Summer Lab Exchange.
The Phillips Ambassadors scholarship program is designed to broaden awareness of Asia on and off campus, according to the release. The scholarship combines an award for study in Asia with an academic course that challenges students to share their experiences upon their return.
Phillips Ambassadors are chosen twice each year. Students are selected based on their academic achievement and commitment to activities, service and leadership roles.