The Graduate School


Outstanding graduate students are the key to the success of any research university. In the words of Graduate School Dean Tom Reynolds, “They are necessary to attract top faculty which in turn drives our research and scholarship forward to the next level.”

The driving force behind graduate education is the desire to address business and community needs. Our Center for Graduate Life delivers professional development, career preparation and a sense of community that equips well-educated students with leadership, cultural and communication skills they need to succeed.  Our Graduate Fellowships help provide the resources students need to maintain focus on their studies and progress toward their degree.

Please consider how you can assist UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School in educating and training graduate students whose work in laboratories, private industry and national universities contributes to America’s global leadership. Today’s graduate student becomes tomorrow’s highly trained, skilled leader or employee. 

Private donations are vital to support needed fellowships, research activities, professional development and educational opportunities for all graduate students across the UNC Charlotte campus.


Up for the Challenge? 

Make a bigger impact by taking advantage of the following challenges!

  • 100 gifts to the Graduate School unlocks $2,500 from Craig Brown in support of Graduate Fellowships
  • Gifts to the Graduate School on April 8 between 8 and 9 pm will be entered into a drawing to win a UNC Charlotte themed quilt

Make a Difference 

Looking to take part in #NinerNationGives?  Here are two great ways to help support graduate education and students at UNC Charlotte:

Center for Graduate Life Fund 

The Center for Graduate Life is the heart of graduate education at UNC Charlotte and provides an intellectually stimulating and rich learning environment in which graduate students from across disciplines can build community and cultivate a sense of identification with the University as a whole. The CGL strives to fulfill its mission by providing a welcoming space set aside exclusively for graduate students, as well as through a wide range of programming developed, implemented, and promoted specifically for and by graduate students.

Graduate Fellowships Fund

Outstanding UNC Charlotte students are supported by generous donors to the Graduate School through a variety of fellowships including the Craig R. Brown Graduate Fellowship. These fellowships award select doctoral and master’s students with funding for a period of their academic career. To review a complete list of Graduate School fellowships, visit our Funding web page

You can designate which fund you want to support, or simply donate to the Graduate School Support Fund and your dollars will go to support the fund in most need.

Claudia Reynolds Graduate Fellowship Fund

The Claudia M. Reynolds Fellowship is a new award established through a gift from Claudia, to support and encourage high quality graduate students at UNC Charlotte. The Claudia Reynolds Fellowship is open to continuing doctoral or master’s students in any field of study with preference given to non-traditional students who have a desire to make a significant contribution to society by completing the graduate degree.  


Coming together

Niner Nation Community

Every quilt has a story. 

Why did I choose the log cabin quilt pattern? It is one of the oldest patterns and my favorite quilt block to make. It has so many design possibilities and can represent many ideas. This set of the blocks is called barn raising.

The center square of the block is called the fireplace. Black is commonly used. Red is for a fire in the hearth. Yellow is a light in the window to find your way home. It is said that a yellow center also indicated a safe house for the underground railroad. 

This year the logs are different colors. They represent many people coming together during this very difficult year. It also gave me a way to clean up the studio!

Multi colors gave me many combinations for design opportunities. The colors were sewn randomly. The blocks “set” traditionally. I call it planned chaos. It all came together to build and create this colorful quilt.

-Claudia M. Reynolds

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