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Juanita Limas, recipient of Boka W. Hadzija Award

Juanita Limas wins the Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Leadership, and University Service by a Graduate or Professional student.

Pharmacology graduate student Juanita Limas was nominated for this award by faculty colleagues and academic peers.

The Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service — one of the Chancellor’s Awards at Carolina — recognizes a graduate or professional student with outstanding character, scholarship, leadership, and service to the University. Dr. Boka Hadzija, Professor in the School of Pharmacy, established this award in 2000 in honor of her students. One student per year receives this award.

Our congratulations to you, Juanita! We appreciated your contributions greatly!

 On many occasions Juanita has helped me to understand and navigate the needs of our diverse (in every sense of the word) student body and to be proactive in fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment. By way of example, Juanita approached me and other department leaders about developing a protocol for assisting students with mental health issues and how to respond in a crisis situation. She not only volunteered to help, but has provided research literature and ideas for the department mental health website.

Juanita is a role model for her fellow students as well as faculty who strive to become better mentors in the laboratory and in the classroom. Juanita has made UNC a better place to be a graduate student, and she is most deserving of this recognition. ~Dr. Henrik Dohlman, Chair 


4/28/21 – Read Juanita’s interview with Vital Signs in UNC Healthcare Newsroom article: Graduate School Names Limas 2021 Recipient of Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service

5/7/21 – The Graduate School celebrated all the students who won awards this year including still another nice write up of Juanita’s Boka W. Hadzija Award with more quotes from nominators: Annual celebration of graduate student achievements. Congratulations, again, Juanita, you are very deserving of this award!