ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Being named a Minerva Scholar is the highest recognition a doctoral or MFA student can receive at UNC Greensboro. Students are selected based on academic potential, record of achievement, and work/life experiences.

As a designated Minerva Scholar you will:

  • Build diverse relationships with students who are passionate about their field of study
  • Have access to monthly co-curricular events and activities (cultural and professional), exclusive to Minerva Scholars
  • Get support from peers and colleagues from departments outside of your field of study
  • Receive 75% of health insurance coverage (guaranteed), provided you select the UNCG graduate student health insurance plan
  • Get first priority for additional financial support, if funds become available
  • Maintain the Minerva Scholar honorific throughout your time at UNCG

What’s New with the Minerva Scholars?

MONTHLY LUNCH & LEARN

The Graduate School hosts a monthly Lunch & Learn where you will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a university, leadership training, grant writing, publishing, the tenure track, etc. The cultural side of your co-curricular program will involve concerts, museums, outdoor events, and other relaxing, community-building experiences. None of these events are compulsory and these events are only open to Minerva Scholars.

CURRENT MINERVA SCHOLARS

Brianna Azua

MFA in Creative Writing
Graduated: May 2021

Sudan, Texas

Jennifer Bailey

PhD in Community Health Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Exploring the associations between structural violence, health, and healthcare utilization among migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

Norfolk, Virginia

Jenny Beck

PhD in Computational Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Exploring, creating and explaining mathematics, for its ability to uplift and enlighten the soul; current research is in Geometric Group Theory.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Joy Birabwa

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Uganda

Catherine Bowlin

PhD in English
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2025

Analyzing literary representations of gendered and racialized violence toward both human and nonhuman nature in hopes of making the natural world more inclusive and accessible.

Cumming, Georgia

Greg Carlton

PhD in Geography
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Solving complex transportation issues, using geospatial methods, and with a socially responsible approach.

Homewood, Illinois

Satyaki Chakravarty

PhD in Economics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Evaluating the economics of patenting behavior of firms, the role of small businesses in innovation and their relation to societal welfare.

Jharkhand, India

Kellee Church

PhD in Music Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Mentoring and teaching undergraduate music education majors.

Montclair, New Jersey

Ruben Cieza

PhD in Nanoscience
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2024

Evaluating the effect of nanomaterial surface properties in microbial biofilm formation associated with health-care infections using FIB-SEM 3D image reconstruction.

Peru

Grace Clark

MFA in Studio Arts
Graduated: May, 2021

Making photographs, sculptures, time, space, and relationships as a visual and social practice artist interested in pedagogy.

Lake Park, Minnesota

Detra Davis

DMA in Vocal Performance
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Mentoring students and knowing that I have a genuine support system by being at a great and diverse institution with mentorship by faculty and staff.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Basheerah Enahora

PhD in Nutrition
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Increasing access to nutrition education using innovative technologies, such as virtual reality, that ultimately may help reduce childhood obesity and nutrition related health disparities.

Atlanta, Georgia

Josh Frost

PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Making new, interesting, and asymmetric compounds with medicinal potential with an interest in organic synthesis.

Alaska/Georgia/Virginia

Ashley Gentry

PhD in Special Education
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Researching reading fluency interventions for students with specific learning disabilities to increase reading skills.

Madison, North Carolina

Lucas Gianini

DMA in Music Performance
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Advancing clarinet performance and guiding future generations through contemporary clarinet techniques and teaching practices.

Goiania, Brazil

JoAnna Gontarz

PhD in Nursing
Anticipated Graduation: December, 2022

Engaging in graduate studies to become a better educated nurse in practice, education, and research.

Raleigh, North Carolina

James Green

PhD in Educational Research Methodology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Colorado

Lindsey Grossman

PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Evaluating the way we teach counselors-in-training to self-disclose with clients so that we can ensure their practices serve the client first.

Tallahassee, Florida

Connor Harris

PhD in Environmental Health Science
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Florida

Renee Harrison

PhD in Nursing
Anticipated Graduation: December, 2022

Studying, equipping, and motivated to help individuals with illness maintain a high quality life.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Zeinab Hassan

DNP in Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Sabine Huber

PhD in Clinical Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2025

Investigating potential developmental paths of psychopathology to inform mental health interventions for at-risk youth.

Baltimore, Maryland

Jessica Hudson

MFA in Acting
Graduated: May, 2020

Artistry that feeds teaching that feeds artistry that feeds teaching.

Durham, North Carolina

Md. Arif Iqbal

PhD in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Empowering the next generation of textile professionals.

Bangladesh

Cameron John

Program
Anticipated Graduation: December, 2021

Teach and inspire the next generation of creative minds to reconsider how design is conceptualized and represented across culture, process, and industry.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Joti Kaur

PhD in Information Systems
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Exploring behavioral and organizational information security and privacy for enhanced cybersecurity compliance.

Punjab, India

Maggie Kelly

PhD in English
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Exploring the ways an early modern audience understands selfhood, identity, and the body through both medical and social rhetoric.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Paige Kemp

PhD in Clinical Psychology

Essex, England

Samuel Kibildis

PhD in Kinesiology/Exercise Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2024

Discovering the relationship between physical activity and the brain allows us to help people to perform optimally and maintain independent functioning as they age.

Gwinnett County, Georgia

Doreen Larvie

PhD in Nutrition
Anticipated Graduation: December, 2022

Exploring ways to minimize disease outcomes among at-risk groups by studying the role of micronutrient deficiencies in the underlying low-grade inflammation seen in non-communicable diseases.

Ghana

Heather Lofdahl

PhD in Music Education
Anticipated Graduation: May, 20023

Empowering young musicians and future music educators from diverse backgrounds to be successful through culturally meaningful experiences and the development of grit.

Alpharetta, Georgia

Stuart Marshall

PhD in History
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Uncovering the Native South, especially the untold history of Eastern Cherokees in the Civil War; uplifting these stories through writing, teaching, digital and public history.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Tyler Mitchell

PhD in Geography
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Evaluating historic variability in climate and weather using tree-ring data with an emphasis on growth responses of pine species to specific types of precipitation.

Florida

Emily Monge

DNP in Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Integrating evidence-based practice, clinical scholarship, leadership, and inter-professional collaboration to improve healthcare delivery systems while promoting the health and wellness of individuals and the community.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Malitsitso Moteane

PhD in Educational Research Methodology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Inspiring and training teachers who nurture students.

Lesotho

Pauline Privitera

PhD Public Health Education
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Exploring social determinants of health and interventions aimed towards the socioeconomic context within which populations live.

Toronto, Canada

Detric Robinson-Miller

PhD in Educational Studies
Anticipated Graduation: August, 2022

Advancing cultures of shared responsibility and accountability to support more equitable and inclusive campus climates.

Darlington, South Carolina

Miranda Roesing

PhD in Nanoscience

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Fridah Rotich

PhD in Chemistry
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2024

Evaluating medicinal benefits of botanical extracts in search for novel treatments to improve human health

Eldoret, Kenya

Caitlyn Schrader

MFA in Dance (Choreography)
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Exploring new ways of conceptualizing dance performance and teaching in order to make dance a shared human experience.

New Hartford, New York

Wenhao Shou

PhD in Computational Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2024

Exploring nonparametric ways of using randomized response technique, extending the existing parametric methods to enable their use in more complex situations.

Shanghai, China

Nathan Southwick

DMA in Violin Performance
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Inspiring connections and empathy in diverse audiences, schools, and communities through the mindful cultivation of violin studio culture and interdisciplinary presentations of art and music.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Christina Stephens

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Exploring family, classroom, and policy factors that shape child care access and promote high-quality early learning experiences for children across low-income and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Rhode Island

Tahima Sultana

PhD in Information Systems
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Investigating personal-level cybersecurity threats arising from emerging challenges such as deepfakes.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Caroline Trustey

PhD in Counseling and Educational Development
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2022

Challenging the historically oppressive definition of “success” in substance use treatment and the criminal justice system.

Boston, Massachusetts

Shruthi Venkatesh

PhD in Developmental Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2024

Assessing precursors to marginalization and bullying via children’s food preferences and cultural knowledge

Dubai

Indya Walker

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2025

Understanding the unique assets, strengths, and resources of Black male youth, young adults, and families that make them remarkably resilient in the face of adversity.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Mariani Weinstein

PhD in Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

The intersection of family relationships, psychopathology, and culture, with a focus on the Latinx community.

Columbia

Mitchell Zaplatosch

PhD in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2023

Expanding our understanding of hydration and nutrition strategies to positively impact human health and performance, while reducing chronic disease risk.

Homer Glen, Illinois

Taylor Arnold

PhD in Community Health Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Using participatory research methods to understand the health effects of precarious agricultural child labor in North Carolina.

United States

Shamusideen Ayeni

PhD in Geography
Anticipated Graduation: December 2024

Simulating hydrologic processes in the North Carolina’s River Basins to understand the impacts of land-use and climate changes for effective watershed & water resources management.

Ijebu Odolewu, Ogun State, Nigeria

Beth Bacon

PhD in Kinesiology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Exploring central neural networks relative to orthopedic injury risk factors as well as possible injury prevention mechanisms in efforts to decrease lower extremity injuries.

High Point, North Carolina

Kim Barclift

PhD in Music Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Maximizing the undergraduate experience for Music Education majors in a way that provides a solid foundation for aspiring teachers.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Youselene Beauplan

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Developing counter-narratives of trauma experiences of Black men and families through community-based participatory research to combat negative outcomes and develop supportive policy.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hediyeh Bondar

MFA in Studio Arts
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Mentoring students with the goal to make pattern on textile, researching about East and West rug patterns, and making textile art which is inspired from nature.

Iran

Travis Bridges

DNP in Nurse Anesthesia
Anticipated Graduation: August 2023

Training to provide competent and empathetic anesthesia care to all my future patients.

Columbia, South Carolina

Zoie Bunch

PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Collaborating with other researchers to continue exploring the exciting world of natural products research.

South Carolina

Kate Burt

PhD in English

Lisa Butterworth

PhD in Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Participating and encouraging others in the revitalization of the early childhood special education profession.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Tyler Clark

PhD in Educational Research Methodology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Evaluating equity, diversity and inclusion in the criminal justice context of program evaluation.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Samantha DuBois

PhD in Kinesiology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Examining impact of physical activity on brain health and cognitive functioning in individuals at risk for or currently experiencing cognitive declines.

Wayne, New Jersey

Cia Elder

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Advocating for positive youth development through the lens of social justice, trauma-informed care, and identity development to support the future generations yet to come.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Heather Emmons

PhD in Nutrition
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Researching nutritional neuroscience with an emphasis on how dopamine signaling is affected with consumption of different dietary patterns.

Tucson, Arizona

Jessica Garcia

Phd in Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Exploring the myriad of variables that play a role in the development of psychopathology, particularly anxiety and mood disorders.

Miami, Florida

Ashley Gilbert

PhD in History
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Politicizing of taverns in early America, with a focus on women’s involvement and ownership of these institutions.

Chesterfield, Virginia

Kate Horton

MFA in Interior Architecture
Anticipated Graduation: August 2022

Exploring how designers and teachers can engage as key stakeholders in a design process that fosters inclusive, meaningful collaboration.

Durham, North Carolina

Jon Hunsberger

PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

How education functions; what education does to and for students and groups of students, particularly those historically under-represented in the many possible and intersecting ways; how experiences within education differ from individual to individual.

Pennsylvania

Angela Jennings

DNP in Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Exploring a wholistic approach to health through interactions that change lives one encounter at a time.

Danville, Virginia

Lawrency Jones

PhD in Nursing
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Performing research that mitigates stress in African American women by identifying coping strategies that are practical.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Brandi Kennedy

PhD in Educational Studies (Higher Education)
Anticipated Graduation: December 2023

Deconstructing barriers to representation within the academy through critically assessing Black doctoral student socialization.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Emily Krechel

PhD in Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation: December 2023

Critically analyzing systems to develop strategic ways to dismantle and rebuild power structures in the academy.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Joey Lavarias

DMA
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Perfecting skill on the bassoon and exploring the world of music, how it works, and where it comes from.

Daytona Beach, Florida

Haeju Lee

PhD in Educational Research Methodology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Using educational measurement and methodology, such as item response theory and confirmatory factor analysis

Republic of Korea

Joanna McCoskey Wiltshire

DMA in Clarinet Performance
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Inspiring the next generation of clarinet performers, teachers, and enthusiasts through inclusive, diverse programming, individualized pedagogical techniques, and respect for each whole person.

Farmingdale, Long Island, New York

Fatima Mohammed

PhD in Information Systems
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Studying the intricating impact of emerging technologies on individuals, organizations and societies as well as their role in development.

Ghana

Elijah Motley

MFA in Dance (Choreography)
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Researching how audience’s perception can be altered within dance choreography.

Danville, Virginia

Megan Mouton

PhD in Nanoscience
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Nathan Njaramba

PhD in Nursing

Kenya

Peace Okpala

PhD in Public Health Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Advancing more effective and sustainable health interventions through chronic disease research and challenging systems of oppression to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity.

Nigeria

Yuliya Orkis

MFA in Acting
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Engaging with the greater community to communicate stories to individuals who need them while simultaneously encouraging young new artists of tomorrow to express their voices.

Brooklyn, New York

Shivani Raina

PhD in Clinical Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2026

Serving children and families in low-income and minority communities through parenting and school-based interventions.

Maryland

Nicholas Rich

DMA in Music Composition
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Exploring the intersections of Folk, Classical, Popular, and Experimental music.

Carthage, New York

Emilee Robbins

PhD in History
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Locating, analyzing, and amplifying the stories of women in the Early Modern Atlantic World.

Louisiana

Rebekah Rodriguez

PhD in Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Bridging art and mind through the exploration of creativity, artistic engagement, and cultural institutions.

Texas

Monique Saastamoinen

PhD in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
Anticipated Graduation: August 2024

Researching what dismantling (or reproducing) implicit marginalization looks like, sociologically and ideologically, in our institutions – motivated by generations of ancestral marginalization.

Binghamton, New York

Nicole Silverio

PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Expanding culturally-responsive mental health services for minoritized communities by addressing accessibility and counselor competency.

Dominican Republic

Melanie Stadler

PhD in Environmental Health Science
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Identifying small but critical habitat areas that reptile and bird species rely on for survival with the goal of preservation of these habitats.

Cheney, Kansas

Uma Swamy

PhD in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Evaluating the effect of big box chain stores and online e-commerce on small and medium retailers and supporting them in their quest for survival.

Canada

Benjamin Thornburg

PhD in Economics

Anthony Trofe

PhD in Nanoscience
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Discovering the unknowns of science for the betterment of the world.

Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Luke Vitagliano

PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Examining the intersect of mental health practices in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Port Chester, New York

Huili Wang

PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

Studying auditory rehabilitation, neurocognition, early speech and language intervention for children from birth to three, autism,  and childhood speech apraxia, etc.

China

Virginia Weaver

PhD in English
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Rejecting unethical abstractions by taking feminist literary criticism back to the material, lived realities of women and LGBT writers.

North Carolina

Madeline White

PhD in Clinical Psychology
Anticipated Graduation: May 2025

Examining how cognitive characteristics of the individual contribute to the experiencing of depression and related health or psychological issues to maximize treatment success.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Dom Witten

MFA in Creative Writing
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Detroit, Michigan

Xiaohuan Xue

PhD in Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: 2024

Amy Xin Yin

DMA in Percussion Performance
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

Inspiring young musicians to express without spoken words, promoting connections through performing, and sharing enjoyment in arts.

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China