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The UNC Charlotte Honors College offers academically talented, enthusiastic, motivated students many of the personal and intellectual advantages of a small liberal arts college within the diversity of a large university. The emphasis is on seminars, intensive reading, writing, and discussion in which reasoned self-expression and critical thinking are valued and rewarded. The Honors College is comprised of several distinct programs, each with their own standards for admission and requirements for graduation. Unique enrichment opportunities; including scholarships, study abroad, community service, executive shadowing, special lectures, and individualized senior projects are also available. A special honors residence option is also available for all students in the Honors College.

The Honors College at UNC Charlotte is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.

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On April 14th, the Honors College held an awards ceremony and reception for honors students who were scholarship recipients and endorsed nominees for national awards and their program and faculty mentors. The honored students and their distinction are listed below.

Krista Smith:  Goldwater Endorsed Nominee. Mathematics Honors. 

Caitlin Vaverek:  Marshall Endorsed Nominee. Levine Scholars Program.

Kristina Drye:  Truman Endorsed Nominee. Crown Scholar and University Honors Program.

Celia Karp:  Fulbright Grant Recipient to research Culture and Health:   Investigating Maternal Mortality in Ecuador. Levine Scholars Program.

Caitlin Vaverek:  Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Recipient for Nepal. Levine Scholar Program

Michael Mills:   Avenir Scholarship Recipient. Psychology Honors.

Samantha Glenn:  Delbridge Narron Scholarship Recipient. Kinesiology Honors    and University Honors Program.

Kristina Drye.  Delbridge Narron Travel Scholarship Recipient. Crown Scholar and University Honors Program.

Ms. Casey Rimland was honored for her exceptional service to the Honors College as a distinguished alumna, for her honors work at the university and the generous assistance she has provided current honors students.  Ms. Rimland is a graduate of the University Honors Program  and graduated with honors in both Biology and Psychology. , Currently in medical school at Chapel Hill, Ms. Rimland is the first UNC Charlotte recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship, a recipient of an eight-year scholarship through the National Institutes of Health Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program,  and most recently the winner of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to begin next year.


Mrs. Connie Rothwell views the vase and engraved base she was presented in honor of her eleven years of excellent leadership of the University Honors Program.


Dr. Pereira and Ms. James present Casey Rimland with the Distinguished Alumna Award.


Dr. Pereira, Kristina Drye, Delbridge Narron Travel Scholarship Recipient, Samantha Glenn, Delbridge Narron Scholarship Recipient,  and Delbridge Narron.


Honorees Caitlin Vaverek, Kristina Drye, Celia Karp, Samantha Glenn, Krista Smith, and Casey Rimland.


Alumna Casey Rimland receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship 

UNC Charlotte alumna Casey Rimland recently was named a Gates Cambridge Scholar and will begin study toward a doctorate in surgery at the University of Cambridge in the fall.

Rimland completed a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University in May 2012 and began medical school at UNC Chapel Hill as part of an eight-year scholarship through the National Institutes of Health Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships that are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. There were established in 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

According to the Gates Cambridge website, Rimland stated she developed “a deep appreciation for multidisciplinary translational research and international collaboration” at UNC Charlotte. She also said the University provided opportunities for her to conduct research across the disciplines of biology, psychology and chemistry, and she had the chance to conduct research abroad in Brazil.

“These early experiences led me to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree through the NIH Cambridge Scholars Program,” stated Rimland. “Currently, I am completing my second year of medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. This fall, I plan to begin my Ph.D. work in the Department of Surgery at Cambridge and at the NIAID at the National Institutes of Health. While at Cambridge, I will work to develop better methods for producing functional liver cells from induced pluripotent stem cell sources.”

Barry Everitt, provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, said, "We are delighted to announce our new U.S. scholars. They are an outstanding group of individuals from a very diverse range of backgrounds who are both intellectually exceptional and show a dedication to improving the lives of others. We look to them as future leaders who will change the world for the better.”

In addition to being the first UNC Charlotte graduate to be selected for the National Institutes of Health Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program, Rimland was the University’s first Goldwater Scholar.

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