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MSW Student Receives State Award
Aayla Alexander, a graduate student in social work, is the 2016 recipient of the Presidents’ Award from the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina chapter (NASW-NC).
According to the association, Alexander was selected for exhibiting a "dedication to the social work profession through her academic excellence, community involvement and professional experience," and the award honors her "exceptional leadership skills and professional potential."
As founder and president of the UNC Charlotte chapter of Advocates for Change (a student-led organization), Alexander collaborates with MSW students and various other campus and community groups to “enhance the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery and research.” Her recent work with Advocates for Change has focused on raising awareness and understanding for the transgender community.
CRS Program Accepting Applications
The Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS) program, a summer experience for high-achieving students, is accepting applications for summer 2016.
This annual program, which began in 2012, is designed to provide participants with research experience and professional development in their fields of interest. CRS will provide funding to more than 50 UNC Charlotte rising seniors to participate in the 10-week program. Scholars receive one-on-one, faculty-guided research training and participate in weekly professional development sessions to better prepare them for graduate school and a future research career.
Rising seniors in all academic disciplines are eligible to apply; the deadline is Friday, Feb. 19. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and a demonstrated desire to do independent research. Scholars will receive a $4,000 fellowship for participation in the program.