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Destiny Stewart, UNC '26


Cohort 10

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Major: Neuroscience

Research Interest: Neurodegenerative diseases

Over the next four years, I am so excited to be a part of Carolina’s diverse community of thinkers.

What attracted you to the CSS program and Carolina?

From the moment I walked onto campus for the first time during Selection Weekend, I knew that this is where I wanted to call home for the next four years of my life. As I learned about the tremendous support that CSS provided – not just academically and professionally, but holistically – I knew that this program would provide the best place for me to nurture my love for science, and experience immense personal growth and development. Additionally, this program’s dedication to improving diversity in STEM fields where minorities are underrepresented, made me feel seen and valued. Lastly, as a black woman who aspires to become an MD/PhD, I found that CSS offered me the tools I need to attain this goal. Knowing that such an enriching experience could only be found here at Carolina, led me to make one of the best decisions of my life – becoming a part of CSS 10.

What are you most looking forward to experiencing at Carolina over the next four years?

Over the next four years, I am so excited to be a part of Carolina’s diverse community of thinkers. I look forward to learning as much as I can from these brilliant minds, connecting with the Carolina community in various facets whether academically or socially, and getting engaged in opportunities in research.

What research topic(s) are you interested in exploring and why?

I’m interested in researching neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Within this topic, I hope to explore how factors such as hormonal changes in women during menopause impact the development and progression of the disease. Additionally, I would be interested in researching neuronal cell death mechanisms and applying that knowledge to discover ways of ensuring survival of neuronal cells, thus hopefully slowing progression of the disease.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish in your future STEM career?

Through my research, I hope to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease – which is currently deemed “incurable” – all the while expanding the accessibility of this and other scientific advancements for marginalized communities.