Impact Award, Horizon Award recipients selected for 2020


Graduate students, recent graduate alumni within numerous programs earn honors for research benefiting North Carolina

Seventeen UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students and recent graduate alumni have been selected to receive The Graduate School’s 2020 Impact Awards and Horizon Awards.

These honors, presented at the Graduate Student Recognition Celebration each spring, recognize research benefiting North Carolina. Impact Awards, made possible through the generous support of the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize discoveries of direct benefit to the state. Horizon Awards recognize research likely to make a significant longer-term contribution to North Carolina.

“The 17 awardees represent an impressive 14 master’s and doctoral programs, and this demonstrates the depth and breadth of UNC-Chapel Hill research that is benefiting North Carolina,” said Jennifer Gerz-Escandón, associate dean for interdisciplinary education and fellowship programs within The Graduate School.

“The majority of our award recipients for 2020 are specializing in research toward improved health and environmental outcomes. Throughout the years, these awards have recognized the importance of graduate student research in helping North Carolina’s people and communities.”

The awardees and their academic programs are:

Mary Biggs, master’s student in geography, Horizon Award

Liz Chen, recent doctoral graduate in health behavior, Impact Award

Elizabeth Davidson, master’s student in health behavior, Impact Award

Yael-Natalie Escobar, doctoral student in toxicology and environmental medicine, Impact Award

Jody Feld, doctoral student in human movement science (who will be awarded her Ph.D. this month), Horizon Award

Kelsey Jesser, recent doctoral graduate in marine sciences, Impact Award

Matthew Kenworthy, recent doctoral graduate in environment, ecology and energy, Impact Award

Stacey L. Klaman, recent doctoral graduate in maternal and child health, Impact Award

Kathleen Knocke, doctoral student in health policy and management, Impact Award

Nicholas Lenze, master of public health student, Horizon Award

Libby McClure, doctoral student in epidemiology, Impact Award

Asher Schranz, recent master of public health graduate, Impact Award

Jessica Soldavini, doctoral student in nutrition, Impact Award

Kirsten Studer, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering, Impact Award

Megan Threats, doctoral student in information and library science, Horizon Award

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Hanna Trzeciakiewicz, graduate student

Hanna Trzeciakiewicz, doctoral student in biochemistry and biophysics, Horizon Award

Shelby Ziegler, doctoral student in environment, ecology and energy, Horizon Award

In addition to receiving their awards at the Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 9, the honorees will participate in a research poster presentation directly after the ceremony. The Graduate School will feature information on their research closer to the April event.

News courtesy of the UNC Gradaute School