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A recap of the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program Twitter chat

On June 10, I moderated a live Twitter chat with Rossie Clark-Cotton and David Martinez, awardees of the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program (GDEP). Clark-Cotton is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University where she studies how cells track chemical signals, and Martinez received a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill. Their two-year, $5,000 GDEP award was granted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

The grant is awarded to underrepresented PhD candidates in North Carolina who are conducting biomedical research (and if this applies to you: applications are open until July 2). For more information on the GDEP grant and to see the perspectives of awardees Clark-Cotton and Martinez, see a recap of the #bwfGDEP chat below:


Editor’s note: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund supports the work of EducationNC.

Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer.  A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse. 

As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.