The Champions

It has been a good year for UNC Charlotte. In just the past few months, our students have competed for and won some of the most prestigious national fellowships and scholarships.

These awards are a tribute to the students' hard work and academic success, but they also are an important marker of the quality of a UNC Charlotte education. We are proud of these students and the recognition that they bring to UNC Charlotte. CONGRATULATIONS!


Goldwater Scholars

Undergraduate students Nemah-Allah Sale and Mary (Tess) Overton (pictured above) each received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, becoming only the second and third students at the University ever to receive this award. The scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Saleh, a Biology Honors student, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and is a biotechnology minor and chemistry minor. Overton, a Crown Scholar and University Honors Program student, is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry.

Eileen JakewayErtegun Graduate Scholar

With her selection as the University's first-ever Ertegun Graduate Scholar, UNC Charlotte’s Eileen Jakeway is headed to England’s University of Oxford, for what she anticipates will be one of the most intellectually rich and invigorating experiences of her life.

Jakeway, a Levine Scholar and English Honors student who graduates in May with bachelor’s degrees in English, French and German, will conduct graduate studies in comparative literature. Each year, only about 20 full-time graduate students in the Humanities are chosen from throughout the world to receive this highly regarded scholarship.

(Eileen Jakeway)

Luke LowryFulbright Summer Institute Scholarship

Luke Lowry, a Crown Scholar and University Honors Program student was one of 10 students selected to attend the Fulbright Summer Institute in Glasgow, Scotland, where he will study technology, innovation and creativity at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art. Lowry recently began working in a biomechanics lab where he uses electromyography to analyze muscular activity in the human body. Additionally, he is working with fellow Crown Scholar Robert Jenkins to form a Biomedical Engineering Society on campus.

(Luke Lowry)

Erica CherianNewman Civic Fellowship

Erica Cherian, a junior at UNC Charlotte, devoted to addressing issues of health care access and utilization by Charlotte's most vulnerable citizens. For her work, Campus Compact has named Cherian a Newman Civic Fellow for 2017. Newman Civic Fellows are student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions to challenges that face their communities.

An aspiring physician, Cherian focuses her scholarship, research and volunteerism on the disparities in health care. She has volunteered with free clinics in the Charlotte region, particularly those working with the Hispanic population.

(Erica Cherian)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Remi Ketchum, a doctoral student in Biology, is the University’s latest recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, joining the roughly 20 NSF Graduate Research Fellows on campus since 2008. Ketchum is working in the lab of Biology Professor Adam Reitzel, conducting hands-on research utilizing marine invertebrates to understand the intersection of molecular mechanisms and environmental effects on organismal evolution.

In Reitzel's lab, she will work alongside Tyler Carrier, who also is an NSF Fellow. In garnering this competitive award, Ketchum will receive a stipend, tuition and fees, plus opportunities for prestigious federal internships and international research collaborations totaling $138,000 over three years.

(Remi Ketchum)