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Shannon Blakey, a graduate student in Clinical Psychology, is the recipient of the 2017 Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship within the Royster Society of Fellows.

The Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship recognizes the scholarly contributions of UNC Chapel Hill doctoral students in their dissertation project. The award highlights original and innovative work. Four students receive this award each year, one each in the areas of mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering, biological and life sciences, social sciences, and humanities and fine arts. It supports doctoral students for one year with a $20,000 stipend and an additional $1,000 will be made available for travel to present research at professional meetings and conferences. As a member of the Royster Society of Fellows, Shannon will also have the opportunity to meet regularly with other fellows from across the Carolina campus and with senior faculty of the Society for interdisciplinary academic enrichment, professional development, and leadership development.

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