Though we are unable to hold our ceremony in-person this April, we would like to honor and recognize our 2020 recipients. This page recognizes student academic and activities awards; please visit the SUTASA Recipients page to view winners of those awards. Please view the official ceremony program and scroll below for pictures and statements from award winners. Please note that the Chancellor’s Awards committee is exploring options for an in-person ceremony at a later date.
Recipient Gallery and Statements
The Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service
Many people have inspired me, but Dr. Jessica Harrell and Dr. Ashalla Freeman made me discover one of my most valuable passions: increasing diversity in STEM. For that, I will always be thankful.
The Alexander Julian Prize
I think what has inspired me the most at Carolina is the general atmosphere, and constantly being surrounded and challenged by incredibly talented professors. Specifically Lien Truong and Mario Marzan are two professors that have helped me grow the most, not only as an artist, but as an investigator.
The Josephus Daniels Scholarship Medal
My biggest motivation at Carolina was always to be a better student, midshipman, and person every day. I wanted to always be able to look back and know I did my best.
The Edward McGowan Hedgpeth Award
My peers at Carolina continually inspire me to work hard and apply myself to service through their dedication and enthusiasm to serve the community.
The George R. Livas Award
While at Carolina, the faculty and staff at UNC School of Nursing have inspired me.Their unwavering support and encouragement has molded me into a caring and competent future nurse.
The Bernard Boyd Memorial Prize
While at Carolina, I was constantly inspired by the brilliant professors in the religious studies and history departments. My time as a tar heel would not have been the same without the endless support, challenges, encouragement, and wisdom they all shared with me; I am immensely grateful for their impact.
The James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award in the Nursing Program
As a nursing student, I was greatly inspired by the nurses who I met in my learning experience and am excited to be able to follow in their footsteps of providing excellent nursing care.
The Paul Debreczeny Prize in Slavic Languages and Literatures
I was inspired by the kindness and intellectual depth of both Stanislav Shvabrin and Irene Masing-Delic.
The Panhellenic Council Woman of the Year Award
The strong women on our campus, as well as the potential to spark change at Carolina are things that always inspired me. This is what drove me to become Panhellenic President, so I could help create important changes in the community that had already given me so much.
The Cazel Prize for Excellence in History
While at Carolina I have been grateful for the support I have received from the History Department. I would like to thank Dr. Hagemann, Dr. King, and Dr. Brundage especially as they were all instrumental in the completion of my thesis.
The Undergraduate Prize in Art History
I have had the great privilege to study with the excellent professors at Carolina. I especially appreciate Dr. Levine from the Art History department who has consistently gone above and beyond to nurture my intellectual curiosity, support my professional goals, and provide all students with a space that supports mental, emotional, and intellectual health.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
While at Carolina, I was inspired by a desire to enforce positive change on campus and the ability to empower those around me to do the same.
The Class of 1938 Joseph F. Patterson, Jr. and Alice M. Patterson International Leadership Award
My grandparents Shirley and Benjamin Marable inspired me while I was at Carolina. Neither of them have had the opportunity to go to a 4-year institution or travel the world so, receiving the international leadership award from UNC means a lot to my family and me.
The Eben Alexander Prize in Greek
The Howard W. Odum Undergraduate Sociology Award
I have been inspired by countless instructors and classmates at UNC. I’m extra grateful to Dr. Robert Hummer and Dr. Taylor Hargrove for allowing me to explore my passion for health research. I will carry all that I have learned with me into my future educational and professional experiences.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council Award
I was inspired to succeed by those before me who were denied admission into UNC-Chapel Hill because of the color of their skin.
The Venable Medal
The Interfraternity Council Man of the Year Award
Our overall student culture is highly empathetic. We were motivated to direct that empathy and address health & wellness risks.
The Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies
My inspiration was to serve the Native community at Carolina and be a roll model for further Indigenous students.
The Earl Slocum Band Award
Each day, I find new inspiration from the faculty in the department of music. Everyone there has taught me that learning is a process has no end, and that leadership is a quality that one possess long before they receive any title.
The Walter S. Spearman Award
Desire for change, a growth mentality, and unshakeable faith have inspired my Carolina experience. Furthermore, my mother, family, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. by way of the Mu Zeta Chapter, the Carolina Union, my mentors, friends, and HPM cohort together have served as my village I needed to support my triumphs.
The George Moses Horton Award for Multicultural Leadership
I was inspired by the tenacity that I saw each day at Carolina. Whether it was overcoming academic, relational, physical, financial, psychological challenges and more, I was face to face daily with individuals whose faith and hope motivated them to make their own unique contributions to a better world.
The Marty Pomerantz Sport Clubs Council Achievement
As many of us know, since deciding to come to Carolina in March of 2017 we have had a lot of ups and downs. I look back 4 years to men’s basketball’s national championship redemption after my fellow Iowan Marcus Paige nearly won it a year early. Little did I know, this would be followed by issues with monuments on campus, water shortages, hurricanes, a global pandemic, and much more. However, through all these times, the resilience and brilliance of communities like my fellow students and friends, Chapel Hill neighborhoods like Northside, CDS workers, and my many gracious mentors have proven how home-like and inspiring the Carolina community can be.
The Keith Shawn Smith Award for Community Development and Mentorship
My time at Carolina has been shaped by many mentors and mentees from whom I have learned so much and received much guidance to allow me to have the impact that I do. Iron sharpens iron and I am grateful for my inspirations at Carolina that have sharpened me to this point.
The Willie P. Mangum Medal in Oratory
DiPhi has been my family since the end of freshman year. I’ve never been supported by such an intelligent, curious, encouraging group of people.
The Marc Adam Eisdorfer Award in Linguistics
During my time at Carolina, I have strived for excellence because of my passion for learning and knowledge, as well as the support from my many amazing professors. I have also been inspired by my goal of becoming a speech language pathologist and applying the knowledge I’ve gained here to help people.
The Patrick F. Earey Award
During my time at UNC, I was given several opportunities to participate in community service. This inspired me to always give back to the community thereby fulfilling the tenet of Luke 12:48, “To whom much is given, much shall be required.”
The Robert White Linker Award
As an out of state student from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, I am inspired every day to help other students discover their sense of identity and community within the Carolina family. I am profoundly humbled and honored to accept this prestigious award.
The Albert Suskin Prize in Latin
Seneca the Younger wrote, “O felicem qui sic aliquem vereri potest ut ad memoriam quoque eius se componat atque ordinet!” [Blessed is he who can so revere another that he puts himself in order and governs himself at the memory of the other.] Dr. Al Duncan, with his effusive kindness, and Dr. Benjamin Frey, with his boundless perspicuity, have guided me toward becoming a more compassionate and thoughtful individual, and I shall always keep them in mind.
The Ernest L. Mackie Award
The implicit biases that faculty, staff, and students of color face have inspired me to do work in positions that closely partner with administrators. Although these biases are often unconscious, the knowledge of them is not and working to spread that information more that it has been is a driving factor in the roles I occupy.
The Jim Tatum Memorial Award
I would like to thank the UNC women’s lacrosse family, especially my teammates and coaches, for challenging me to be the best version of myself. I would also like to thank my family for being my inspiration to succeed and my unconditional support.
The Rodger A. Davis Memorial Award
I chose to come to UNC because of Dr. Naji Husseini, a faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His words truly inspired me and helped me see that UNC is an intellectually challenging environment filled with wonderful, supportive people. As soon as I arrived, I had the great opportunity to work in the Dayton Lab, under the direct supervision of Dr. Virginie Papadopoulou, who has been an amazing mentor for me and has encouraged me to pursue my passion for research.
The John Johnston Parker, Jr. Medal for Unique Leadership in Student Government
During my time at Carolina, my fellow students and peers within Student Government have served as a constant source of inspiration. I feel incredibly fortunate to have studied and worked alongside some of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met. Thank you to all of my family and friends for making my last 3.75 years at Carolina the best years of my life!
The Jacques Hardré Undergraduate Award for Excellence in French
I have been particularly inspired by faculty in the French and CS departments who helped me explore the expressive power of language and discover the great joy of communication during my time at Carolina. I can confidently say these are lessons I will always carry with me.
The Worth Award
My peers time and again inspire me through their passion, strength, and depth of character. Carolina, for me, is about the people, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have joined a lifelong community.
The J. Maryon Saunders Award
Carolina possesses an opportunity for every kind of individual no matter his/her interests. This robust offering was self-fulfilling as it created unique relationships, healthy competition, and avenues for personal growth.
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The Paul E. Shearin Outstanding Senior Award in Physics
The inspiration and help I received from my professors and my friends while at Carolina are what made my experience so incredible. The people at UNC are absolutely what makes it the best university in the country.
Marc Adam Eisdorfer Award for Excellence in Linguistics
The Ernest H. Abernethy Prize in Student Publication Work
I’m grateful to have sharpened my knowledge and craft with numerous inspiring professors at UNC who remain mentors today, including Chris Roush, Carol Wolf, Laura Lee and many others. I also owe gratitude to The Daily Tar Heel, where my investigative journalism instinct has grown tremendously, and would love to shout-out everyone but give special appreciation to Erica Perel, Myah Ward, Leah Asmelash and Preston Lennon.
The Ferebee Taylor Award
Being a member of a community that emphasizes student-led honor as much as Carolina’s does has been a privilege over the last four years. I’m continually amazed and inspired by my friends, professors, and colleagues and grateful for the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
The Undergraduate Award in Economics
Donald T. Lysle Service Award
Throughout my time at UNC-Chapel Hill, I have consistently been inspired by the passion and determination of the students that surrounded me in class and across campus. Most people I know on campus want to better the world in some way, and that inspired me to continue to try and make the changes I want to see in the world too.
The Brenda W. Kirby Award
I have been inspired by the legacy of Asian American students, faculty, and staff at Carolina, who have worked for decades to build a sense of community.
The James O. Cansler Service Award
My community of friends at Every Nation Campus Ministry continually inspired me during my time at Carolina. In addition to their incredible example of service and hospitality, they encouraged me to remember the call of Jesus to follow Him and live a life of service.
Edward McGowan Hedgpeth Award
The Carolina community, its passion and heart, has always inspired me to be better each and every day.
The Archibald Henderson Mathematics Medal
The Ria Stambaugh Undergraduate Award for Excellence in German
While at Carolina I have developed the desire to understand us as people, in all of our complexity and messiness, not simply as an academic pursuit, but because people matter. This is one of the most important things I will take away from my German classes at Carolina.
The Camões Prize in Portuguese
The faculty in the department of Portuguese have really inspired me during my time at Carolina. It is because of their enthusiasm and dedication that I’ve gained an appreciation of the Portuguese language and Lusophone culture.”
The L. Richardson Preyer Award for Excellence in Political Science
My peers and professors at Carolina have consistently pushed me to think with greater nuance and creativity, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
The Ernest H. Abernethy Prize in Student Publication Work
I owe this award to all my great professors at UNC, including Chris Roush who recruited me to the business journalism program and continues to by a mentor of mine, and Deb Aikat whose MEJO 101 class encouraged me to continue with the major. I also owe a debt of gratitude to all my mentors and teammates at the DTH, most notably Erica Perel, Tyler Fleming, Maria Vizcaino and my co-editor-in-chief Emily Siegmund.
The McNally Award for Excellence in Geography
I found my home in geography. Geography people brought new ideas and community to my life everyday.
The George H. Cocolas Pharmacy Student Body Award
During my time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, my professors, student organization advisors, and mentors in the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs sowed the seeds of professionalism and leadership that I will continue to nurture as I begin my pharmacy career. The patients whom I had the privilege to serve inspired me to pursue a career centered on providing compassionate care to underserved patient populations.
The Multicultural Greek Council Award
While at UNC, being a first gen, student of color was never easy, but throughout my time, my family and the community I found a home in inspired me to keep going. Everything I do and have ever done, I did with my family in mind and heart, and in moments of doubt, I relied on my Hermandad, my Latinx community, and my MGC community for support, solidarity, and belief.
The Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize in Creative Writing
In my time at UNC, I’ve been inspired by the professors and students in the Creative Writing department, who are all incredibly supportive, generous, and kind.
The Frank Porter Graham Award
My experience at UNC has been deeply inspired by all the Black undergrad and graduate students who’ve been forced to sacrifice a normal college experience in order to engage in the struggle against the white supremacist constraints of our environment. They’ve taught me what true strength, integrity, and resilience.
The Kenneth C. Royall Award
Throughout college I’ve been inspired by my brothers and sisters, all four of whom have gone to UNC as well. While our skills and interests took us on different paths, they’ve always given Chapel Hill a familiarity that allowed me to branch out and figure out who I am.
The George C. Marshall Award
At Carolina, my classmates and fellow cadets inspired and motivated me with their leadership, boldness, creativity, and kindness.
William S. Carlton Intramural Sports Employee Award
Campus Recreation inspired me to find my confidence through the workplace environment they maintain. Through working with them, I have been able to develop as an official with minimal pressure, as those whom I have worked with have both supported me and offered meaningful feedback on how to continuously improve.
The Venable Medal
Carolina has provided me with an incredible community of professors, peers, and friends that have greatly enriched my experience here. Excellent mentors, like those I work with in the Carter Lab, have been an invaluable resource and inspiration to me through my progression as a student.
The Irene F. Lee Award
Chapel Hill is a beautiful place with fantastic resources, however, it is the people I’ve met in my time at Carolina that have shaped my experience the most. Professors, coaches, mentors and most importantly, classmates and teammates, inspired me to set challenging goals, be resilient and adaptable, and cherish genuine relationships for years to come.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
“Having the opportunity to be surrounded by amazing peers who will go out of their way to support a cause is why our community at Carolina is so strong. Being able to further the Carolina legacy of progressing humanitarian causes is a true honor and is why I’m proud to be a UNC alum.”
The Worth Award
I’m so grateful to have made lifelong friends at Carolina who encourage me to be the best version of myself.
The James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award
As an undergraduate, I learned Tar Heels thrive off sharing in the success stories of their peers in class, on the court, and around the globe. The spirit of unity cultivated between each member of the Carolina family inspires me to pursue all future ambitions knowing that I always have a team cheering for and alongside me.
The Irvine Hagadorn Award
Throughout my time at Carolina, Dr. Ageliki Tsagaratou has inspired me to continually challenge myself both in the classroom and the lab. Her support has allowed me to be fortunate enough to receive this honor.
The Hampton Shuping Prize
Throughout my journey at Carolina, I was constantly inspired by my peers, professors, and alumni to work harder everyday and impact the UNC community. I am so proud to be a Tar Heel and hope to give back Carolina and inspire future students at UNC Chapel Hill.
The Cornelius O. Cathey Award
I’ve always been inspired by the people around me at Carolina. Throughout my time here, I’ve been continually amazed by the work that’s been done by my peers, administrators, faculty, and staff to better our University, and I couldn’t help but try to follow in their footsteps.
The Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Award
The Robert B. House Memorial Prize in Poetry
During my time at Carolina, the compassion, endurance, and commitment to God of the students in Every Nation Campus Ministry inspired much of my poetic work.
The Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award
The E. Eugene Jackson Award
I am inspired by all of my fellow activists who encourage me, give me energy, and hold me accountable.
The Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies
I want to thank all of my family members, friends, mentors, and professors who inspire me daily and encourage me to go after my dreams. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6
The Edward Kidder Graham Award
During my four years at Carolina, I have been a leader in Helping Give Away Psychological Science, or HGAPS, a club and non-profit that disseminates evidence-based psychological science to those in need. Seeing so many motivated students and professionals alike change lives by making science more accessible to the general public has inspired me, and has shaped the trajectory of my life and career immensely.
The Mary Turner Lane Award in Women’s and Gender Studies
The Sterling A. Stoudemire Award for Excellence in Spanish
Professor Emil Keme inspired me to always consider the structures of power and privilege at work in my everyday life. He and many other professors in the Departments of Romance Languages and Women and Gender Studies gave me the tools to challenge the postcolonial institutions that harm and silence so many people.
The Jane Craige Gray Memorial Award
I’m endlessly inspired by my friends and family, professors, and mentors who remind me of the importance of working towards achieving equity–from the simplest daily acts to initiatives held on a large-scale community level.