Two doctoral candidates receive inaugural Gillings Dissertation Awards

April 13, 2010
Two doctoral candidates at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Stephen Richardson and Natalie The, have received the first Gillings Dissertation Awards.
Stephen Richardson

Stephen Richardson

Richardson’s environmental sciences and engineering research explores solutions to soil contaminated by former manufactured-gas plants (of which the U.S. has at least 40,000). Richardson also received one of 16 Impact Awards for research benefiting North Carolina, presented by UNC’s Graduate School.

Natalie The

Natalie The

The’s nutrition research explores associations among weight, diabetes, and physical activity across race and ethnicity in the United States.

The School’s student awards selection committee evaluated applicants’ dissertation abstracts on criteria such as quality, potential for public health impact, dissemination plans and metrics. Each awardee will receive $5,000.
The Gillings Dissertation Awards are possible because of a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis and Joan Gillings. To date, more than 90 students have benefited directly from the gift through participation in internships, Gillings Innovation Labs and Gillings Visiting Professorships. All students benefit from curricular innovations, including additional global health content and financial literacy instruction, supported by the gift.
Student Service Award Upcoming
Criteria for a student service award, to help student organizations support their innovative service projects, will be finalized before the fall semester begins, and funds will be available in late 2010.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or