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Farewell, Cohort 3!

May 13, 2019

On May 10, the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program honored its third cohort and newest group of graduates with a farewell dinner at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The evening, which kicked off UNC’s Commencement weekend, was filled with laughter and tears as accomplishments were celebrated and memories were shared.

John Atwater, a biology major from Pittsboro, NC, was chosen as the student speaker by his peers. CSS executive director Dr. Thomas Freeman presided over the presentation of CSS honor cords. Other notable guests included Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Chris Clemens, and former Chancellor Carol Folt.


Kwabena Amankwah*
Tampa, FL
B.S., Biology and Chemistry

John Atwater
Pittsboro, NC
B.S, Biology

Parker Ballner
Matthews, NC
B.S., Computer Science

Xiaomin “Becky” Chen
Clayton, NC
B.S., Biology; B.A., Asian Studies

Richard Clayton
Roxboro, NC
B.S., Computer Science

Ebenezer Edema-Sillo
Raleigh, NC
B.S., Psychology

Kristen Gardner*
Charlotte, NC
B.S., Chemistry

Madysen Johnson
Austin, TX
B.S., Biology; B.A., Chemistry

Gauri Joshi
Morrisville, NC
B.S., Health Policy Management; B.A., Biology

Esther Lee
Monroe, NC
B.S., Nutrition

Ling Lin
Fayetteville, NC
B.S., Chemistry

Nicholas Losi
Raleigh, NC
B.S., Chemistry

Maebelle Mathew
Raleigh, NC
B.S., Biology

Noel McIntosh
Summerfield, NC
B.S., Dental Hygiene

Lyndsey McLain
Waxhaw, NC
B.S., Biology; B.A., Economics

Alexander Mina
Columbia, MD
B.S., Biomedical Engineering

Princess Onuorah
Roanoke Rapids, NC
B.S., Biology

Samantha Pagan**
Asheville, NC
B.S., Physics

Dhru Patel
Mooresville, NC
B.S., Computer Science

Keshav Patel**
Cary, NC
B.S., Biomedical Engineering; B.S., Mathematics

Mayura Patwardhan
Charlotte, NC
B.S., Computer Science

Carlos Perez-Heydrich**
Miami, FL
B.S., Biology
(December 2018 graduate)

Aaron Pietraallo
Magnolia, NC
B.S., Physics

Samuel Raines*
Chapel Hill, NC
B.S., Biology

Jacob Strauss
Oak Ridge, NC
B.S., Computer Science

Alexander Vergara
Lexington, NC
B.S., Psychology

Nicholas Walker
Durham, NC
B.S., Biology

April Wang
Raleigh, NC
B.S., Biology

Eileah Zugger
High Point, NC
B.S., Mathematics

*Graduated with Honors
**Graduated with Highest Honors

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