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Each year, the UNC Graduate School recognizes graduate students and recent graduate alumni with the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award goes to students whose research holds extremely high potential for making a significant contribution to the educational, economic, physical, social or cultural well-being of North Carolina citizens and beyond.

This year, the Graduate School recognized Jason Wong, a student in the Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. program, with one of only five Horizon Awards. Jason’s dissertation research, conducted in the laboratory of Blossom Damania, Ph.D., focuses on the therapeutic potential of targeting specific kinases activated in non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  For more information about Jason’s research, visit

Jason will be presented with his Horizon Award at the 21st Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on Thursday, April 4th. All graduate and professional students are invited to attend.  Please join us in congratulating Jason on his remarkable achievement.

Last year, Microbiology and Immunology students Ashley Bone and Gabrielle Grandchamp earned the award. Since inception of the Horizon Award in 2017, Microbiology & Immunology students have earned three of the 17 awards made.