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Ten incoming Royster fellows join more than 600 Royster Society of Fellow alumni.

The Graduate School welcomes its cohort of fellows with its Royster Society of Fellows program. The Royster fellowship is a premier doctoral recruitment fellowship offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Royster Society of Fellows was created through the vision and generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Royster in 1996. Royster fellows benefit from interdisciplinary learning, networking, service to campus and community, professional development, and social opportunities.

Photo collection of incoming Royster Fellows
Top row, left to right: Victoria Fisher, Alexander Marshall, Anneliese Brei, Assanatou Bamogo, Lily Chen. Bottom row, left to right: Shannon Wheeler, Tara Di Cassio (’18 MA), Madelina Marquez, Yutong Gao, and Emmanuel Owusu Amoako.

The 2022-2023 cohort includes:

  • Emmanuel Owusu Amoako; UNC School of Social Work
    • Amoako’s research interests include poverty reduction interventions and policies.
  • Assanatou Bamogo; Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
    • Bamogo’s research interests include how to improve maternal and child health in low-to-middle income countries.
  • Anneliese Brei; Department of Computer Science; College of Arts and Sciences
    • Brei’s research interests include natural language processing with a focus on language generation.
  • Jian (Lily) Chen; School of Nursing
    • Chen is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholar fellow whose research addresses mental health issues in Asian American communities.
  • Tara Di Cassio (’18 MA); Department of Geography; College of Arts and Sciences
    • Di Cassio is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow whose research focuses on art and space, youth political action, and digital humanities.
  • Victoria Fisher; Business administration; Kenan-Flagler Business School
    • Fisher’s research corporate social responsibility.
  • Yutong Gao; School of Education
    • Her research interests include child development, school violence, gender equality, and social-emotional learning.
  • Madelina Marquez; Department of Biology; College of Arts and Sciences
    • Research interests include environmental microbiology, functional ecology, community ecology, and species interactions in freshwater/marine water ecosystems.
  • Alexander Marshall; Department of Physics and Astronomy; College of Arts and Sciences
    • Marshall’s research focuses on the intersection of optics and biophysics, especially creating new imaging techniques.
  • Shannon Wheeler; Department of American Studies; College of Arts and Sciences
    • Her research focuses on the overlaps between animal studies, death studies, and race studies.

By Carolina Graduate School Magazine

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