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The UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Awards.

Your department may nominate two students for the 2016 Impact Award. Departmental nominations are due by Friday, October 2, 2015. Because departmental review and approval are required prior to nomination to The Graduate School, you should check with your department for its internal deadline. You must complete your application early enough for your department to nominate you to The Graduate School.

Applications must be submitted through the online application system, which can be found at

The Impact Awards recognize graduate student research with a direct impact on North Carolina. Successful projects increase our understanding of issues facing North Carolina communities and populations – impact can be statewide or focused on a specific geographical area in North Carolina. Students from all academic areas are encouraged to apply.

Awardees receive a cash prize, plaque, and recognition at The Graduate School’s annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration. The Graduate School also directs significant outreach both within the university and beyond toward communicating the benefit of Impact Award-winning research.  The Graduate School’s communications staff will work closely with all awardees in the creation of a short story and the scheduling of a professional photograph – the basis of this public communications outreach.

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are a current master’s or doctoral student or a recent graduate (May 2014 or later)
  • Your research is on a topic that directly impacts North Carolina

Previous winners are NOT eligible to apply again with the same project, but may apply with a project unrelated to their previous Impact Award-winning research.

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Impact Award recipients bring honor to their academic programs and their university. We appreciate your interest in these awards and encourage you to contact if you have any questions.

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