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Each year, the UNC Graduate School recognizes graduate student research that is improving the lives of people in North Carolina and beyond.

This year, 22 graduate students are receiving the Impact Award, an honor generously funded by the Graduate School’s Graduate Education Advancement Board. Recipients will participate

in a poster presentation and be recognized at the April 4 Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on the Carolina campus. The celebration is part of Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week (April 2-6).

Protecting the state’s outdoor workers from tick bites, developing information to inform policymakers’ decisions about oyster replenishment, helping stroke victims and cancer patients—these are just a few of the areas in which UNC graduate students are applying their efforts.

“For the seventh year, the Impact Awards are recognizing outstanding graduate students whose research offers reason for hope—whether it’s the promise of saving a life or saving a way of life,” said Graduate School Dean Steve Matson. “This year’s award-winning research covers a variety of areas: education, the environment, economic development, health, public administration and more. The recipients, however, share a determination to find answers to some of our state’s most compelling challenges.”

Read about the 2012 Impact Award recipients’ research efforts.