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Spring 2022 Admissions Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 20

The Graduate Admissions team is working through several Slate migration challenges and anticipates that most of the issues should be fully addressed and reconciled by Dec. 4. As a result, we are extending the 2022 Spring semester deadline for applicants to doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20. Please know that prospective students who are currently out of the country and need an F or J visa to enroll may simply not have sufficient time to apply, be considered for admission, be admitted, and complete the process to obtain an I-20 and a visa prior to the last day to enroll in the spring semester.

First Spring 2022 Enrollment Report Released

The first Spring 2022 enrollment report is now available on GPDNet.  The report, which will be updated weekly, may be downloaded in the GPDNet Graduate School Data section.

The total graduate enrollment goal for Spring 2022 is 5,917 students.

Nominations Open for Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Leadership Award

Honoring excellence in graduate program administration, the Thomas L. Reynolds Leadership Award recognizes excellent leadership and outstanding service by a Graduate Program Director or Coordinator. Nominations for 2021-22 will be accepted through Jan. 28.

Graduate Program Directors and Coordinators are leadership positions for the University and play an important and pivotal role in the success of our graduate students.  Graduate Program Directors and Coordinators must not only manage and shape the direction of their programs to ensure the academic success of their students, but must also serve as advocates for graduate education at all levels. Doing this well, deserves recognition and praise.

The recipient receives a cash award, an engraved plaque, and their name engraved on a perpetual trophy.  Associate Professor of Architecture Peter Wong was selected to receive the Thomas L. Reynolds Leadership Award for 2020-2021 for his contributions to student success above and beyond his teaching role.

For additional information and to submit a nomination visit the Reynolds Leadership Award web page.

Registration Open for January Mentor Training Session

The Graduate School will offer Mentor Training for graduate faculty Jan. 7, 9:30-4:00.  The session will be held face-to-face in the Student Union. 

Join the 170 faculty who have already completed this training and rated it a good use of time.  The curriculum comes from the Center for the Improvement of the Mentored Experience in Research (CIMER) at the University of Wisconsin. It is highly interactive and includes a variety of useful resources and tools. 

Attendance is limited to 16, so please sign-up early using this form:  https://forms.gle/RskUcL6TzS3RNkmy5

Note: All participants are asked to wear a mask. 

ISSO Updates International Students on COVID-19 and Entry Requirements

As of Nov. 8, foreign nationals including all F-1 students are required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the U.S. For purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use vaccines. In addition to proof of vaccination, travelers entering the U.S. must also show proof of a negative COVID PCR-test administered within the 3 days prior to travel to the U.S.

Travel restrictions are in place for countries where the Omicrom variant has been discovered.  These countries include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) has communicated frequently with newly admitted, currently enrolled, and OPT international students regarding changing requirements for COVID-19 vaccination and entry requirements.

The following is a list of messages and content that have been shared with targeted students to-date:

  • Message for newly admitted students who accepted their admission offers
  • Stand-alone message for enrolled students and students on OPT
  • Monthly newsletters (October/November) containing the announcement for all enrolled, OPT students and visiting scholars
  • Updates to the ISSO website to reflect the latest CDC guidance on vaccination requirements and travel restrictions

Students with concerns or questions may reference the ISSO website for information or contact the ISSO office (intlsso@uncc.edu, 704‑687‑7781) to schedule an advising appointment. 

Slate, the New Admissions CRM, is Live

Graduate Admissions migrated to Slate, the new admissions CRM, the week of Nov. 21. Details about the system implementation as well as the system login and training materials are available in GPDNet under GPD News/Resources.

Get Ready for Fall Commencement

Commencement is planned for Dec. 17-18 in the Dale F. Halton Arena located in the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

Graduating students can pick up their regalia (caps and gowns) at the campus bookstore, located in the Popp Martin Student Union, through November 30. 

Academic Affairs provides more information on Commencement Ceremonies and how to reserve your cap and gown.

Eastern North Carolina Career Fair Planned

The Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance (ENCCA) will host an online career fair Feb. 16, 11-4. 

The event will provide an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of students and alumni from ENCCA’s eight member institutions:

  • Barton College
  • Campbell University
  • Methodist University
  • University of Mount Olive
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • Shaw University
  • William Peace University

Top majors include biology, business, communications, criminal justice, education, exercise science, game development, interactive design, healthcare administration, information technology, psychology, social work, and sport and recreation management.

To register, visit the ENNCA Career Fair.

Sargent Leads 3MT Competition

Amanda Sargent, Ph.D., Organizational Science, was selected the first place winner of the 2021 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with her presentation, “What is it about “Who You Know” That Gets You Ahead?”

Other winners included:

Farida Yasmin, Ph.D., Biology – 2nd Place for “Into the Wild: Wild Soybean as our Savior!”

Shanique Lee, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction – 3rd Place for “Loving and Leaving the Classroom: Contextualize the Attrition of Black Women Teachers in Urban Schools.”

Kelsey Sikon, M.S., Civil Engineering – People’s Choice Award for “Presence of Microplastics in Wastewater Treatment Plants.”

The event recording is available on YouTube. Read more about the 3MT at the Center for Graduate Life and Learning.

Urge Admitted Students to Attend Graduate School Information Session

Graduate Admissions will offer an information session Nov. 17 at Noon to help admitted students who are undecided about accepting their offer of admission.

Graduate School staff and current graduate students will share information to help admitted students make a decision to continue their education at Charlotte.  Graduate Admissions counselors will review the decision letter, connecting with the program, accepting admission, funding and more.

Please encourage your newly admitted students to register for this informative session. Registration for admitted students is available at mygradschool.uncc.edu..