Senior Phylicia Currence is a McNair Scholar within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences majoring in psychology and sociology, with a minor in Africa, African American, and diaspora studies. Her research focuses on the importance of family support for minority students who attend predominantly white institutions.
Senior Marketa Burnett is an undergraduate researcher double-majoring in psychology and African, African American, and diaspora studies within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She is also a McNair Scholar and serves on the Campus Health Advisory Board. Her research focuses on the concept of inferiority amongst African-American youth and its effects on educational outcomes.
Senior Karylle Abella is an undergraduate researcher within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences majoring in chemistry, with a minor in creative writing. Her research focuses on the different ways in which carbon is formed and the processes ocean microbes use to break down that carbon.
Kristin Tully is a research associate at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on maternity care, patient-provider communication, breastfeeding experiences, and parent-infant nighttime interactions. Most recently, she received an Improving Human Health Award from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute to design and develop infant side-car bassinets for U.S. postnatal units.
Bo Li is an assistant professor of chemistry within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Most recently, she was one of 18 fellows to receive a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on the bioactive small molecules produced by bacteria and the ways in which they may help defend the human body against infectious diseases.
Junior Marielle Bond is an undergraduate researcher in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences double-majoring in biology and philosophy. Her research focuses on how signaling proteins involved in cell division can cause cancer and how those protein pathways can aid cancer treatments.
Neeta Vora is a medical doctor and assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology within the UNC School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of fetal factors in the initiation of spontaneous preterm birth. She is a member of UNC’s Caregivers at Carolina program, which supports young doctors who see patients and also conduct research.