Catherine Fahey is an MD-PhD student studying genetics and molecular biology within the UNC School of Medicine. In February 2017, she successfully defended her dissertation. She is also the co-leader of the student organization UNC Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science. Her research focuses on how protein-modifying gene mutations contribute to cancer development.
Gulden Othman is a third-year graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She currently works in the Experimental Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics group and is also on the executive board of UNC Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Her research focuses on observing the interactions of the building blocks of matter to understand how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang to present day.
Rumay Alexander, EDD, RN, FAAN, serves as special assistant to the chancellor and interim chief diversity officer, as well as professor and director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the UNC School of Nursing. Her career spans over 20-plus years in the areas of nursing, public policy, advocacy, teaching, and health career development, with an emphasis on cultural diversity issues.
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.