Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor's Report: 2010-2011 Milestones
Gates Cambridge Scholarship recipient Margaret Carpenter '11 rehearses with music professor Dr. Nancy Walker.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship recipient Margaret Carpenter '11 rehearses with music professor Dr. Nancy Walker.

UNCG students receive national and international honors

Among UNCG students' many notable achievements, three in particular received high recognition from nationally and internationally renowned organizations.

After extensive interviews in New York and San Francisco, senior biology major Zimuzor Ugochukwu was selected as a Luce Scholar, a nationally competitive fellowship that will allow her to work in Asia for a year. The Henry Luce Foundation launched the scholarship program in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Ugochukwu has an impressive number of achievements to her name, including UNCG's Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award, the National Society of Leadership and Success Service to Students Award, Glamour Magazine's Twenty Amazing Young Women Award, as well as being the youngest recipient of The Business Journal's Top 40 under Forty Award 2011. As an undergraduate researcher, she contributed significantly to the research of Dr. Dennis LaJeunesse by discovering a link between a gene found in fruit flies and genes found in a rare genetic birth disorder, Treacher Collins syndrome. She is the vice president of activism with helloCHANGE, the largest national youth-run anti-tobacco project, the founder of a project based on mobilizing students from local colleges and universities in Greensboro to engage in their community, and is currently co-developing the world's first museum celebrating the accomplishments of youth. Ugochukwu spoke at UNCG's commencement on May 6.

Senior Margaret Carpenter (pictured above) was selected to receive the 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England for 2011-12. Carpenter is the first UNCG student to receive this award, and is among 30 new U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars who were whittled down from a field of nearly 800 applicants. She will pursue a Master of Music degree in choral studies. Carpenter has already spent time in England, where she studied at Keele University and was a student conductor of the Keele Bach Choir and the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. The Gates award gives her a huge step toward her career goals of becoming choirmaster of a church and leading a choir school program.

Sophomore golfer Robert Hoadley was named a semi-finalist for the prestigious AAU Sullivan Award, putting him in the company of other top amateur athletes like Olympic gold medalist figure skater Evan Lysacek, the eventual winner. Older than the Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Hoadley's many accomplishments include earning All-Southern Conference and SoCon All-Freshman honors, being a 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier and earning a spot in match play, tying for fifth at the 2009 AJGA Golf Pride and eighth at the 2010 Toshiba North Carolina Open. He was also ranked No. 14 by Golfweek and No. 1 in North Carolina by the Carolinas Golf Association.