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Excellence in Leadership

Dr. Hadiyah- Nicole Green, the second African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, recently became the first person to successfully cure cancer using nanoparticles. She’s  the recipient of a $1.1 million grant to further develop a technology she’s pioneered that uses laser-activated nanoparticles to treat cancer.  Learn more about Dr. Green and her work by clicking here.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) hosted a roundtable lunch with Dr. Jeanette Brown as part of its Breakout Professional sessions funded by the SGLC grant. Black female STEM students got to meet with the American organic medicinal chemist, historian, and author of African-American women chemists in the modern era. Click here to learn more about NOBCChE.

Dr. Velma McBride Murry, who holds the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development, has been named University Professor of Human and Organizational Development and University Professor of Health Policy. Murry is the first Peabody College professor, the third woman, and the first person of color to be named a University Professor. Read more here.


Dr. ReAnna S. Roby named a 2019 East Carolina University Emerging Scholar. She, along with 18 early-career scholars were selected for the Fall 2019 cohort.

Dr. Renã A.S. Robinson

  • Selected as Chancellor’s Public Voices Fellows for the spring 2020 semester. Read more here.
  • Received a five-year $4.2 million grant from the National Institute of Health to support research in the area of Proteomics of Hypertension and Alzheimer’s Diseases in African Americans.

Joseph and Benbow

Dr. Nicole M. Joseph received the Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Read more here.

Kellee Hill

Dr. Kellee Hill received her Doctoral Degree in curriculum and instruction | STEM Education and is the recipient of the Phi Beta Sigma Salute to Women Teacher of the Year.

Rena Robinson

Dr. Renã Robinson received the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Mentoring Award for her in work supporting women in research, grant application consulting, and tenure track advising.

Christy Erving

Dr. Christy Erving was invited to present research on Exploring the Psychosocial Determinants of Black women’s Physical and Mental Health at University of Michigan seminar. Dr. Erving also had two research articles accepted for publication!

Tanya Winful

Taiye Winful completes 1st year of Graduate School in the Department of Anthropology.

Karen King

Dr. Karen King was selected as the Principal Investigator for the NSF #SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship (I-PERF). The #NSF I-PERF program defines a new career pathway for entrepreneurially minded science and engineering doctoral degree holders from underserved backgrounds. I-PERF staff mines the national talent pool and matches these doctorates with some of the country’s most promising start-up companies for mutual benefit.