Meet Hannah Partridge

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Hannah Partridge is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. Learn about her involvement in the Audubon Campus Chapter, her favorite things about UNC Charlotte, and why she enjoys being a Ph.D. student.

Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?

I chose UNC Charlotte because the program allowed me to pursue research aligned with my interests. I have had the opportunity to take interesting courses, collaborate with great professors and explore research opportunities that I had not previously considered.

Have you obtained any awards or accolades here during your time?

I recently received a Graduate School Summer Fellowship, which will allow me to dedicate my summer to research activities. I also received the Graduate School Teaching Fellowship, providing me the opportunity to improve my teaching skills.

What (or where) is your favorite part of campus?

My favorite part of campus is probably the back room in the greenhouse with the small stream and bench. I find that this area is very peaceful, meditative and is rarely busy in my experience! It is a great place to relax, refresh, think or do some reading without distractions.

What clubs or activities are you involved in at UNC Charlotte?

I am most heavily involved in the UNC Charlotte Audubon Campus Chapter. I worked with a small group of other students to create this chapter, which is under the North Carolina Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society. We conduct research on bird populations around campus, educate others about the threats facing birds and take part in advocacy events to protect habitat and change regulations.

What’s your favorite part of being a Ph.D. student at UNC Charlotte?

I have really enjoyed the opportunities for collaboration within and between departments. Most people that I talk to are very open to discussing research, teaching and collaborative work.

What advice do you have for new students?

Get involved with various organizations that you are interested in, talk to as many people as you can (especially professors) and figure out where your passions lie.