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Congratulations to Gabrielle Brim, BME Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant in the Orthopedic Mechanobiology Lab, on receiving the Witherspoon Graduate Fellowship this summer.

written by Libby Weintrob for BME Communications

The Witherspoon Graduate Fellowship honors Dr. Augustus M. Witherspoon, who received his Ph.D. from NC State in 1971. He was the university’s second Black doctoral graduate and first Black professor. Dr. Witherspoon also served as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost of the Office of African American Affairs. In 1992, the NC State Board of Trustees awarded him a citation of appreciation for his service to the university.

Funded by an endowment to North Carolina State University, this esteemed one-year award honors individuals dedicated to supporting Black communities within and beyond the NC State campus.

The selection committee, comprised of representatives from the Black Alumni Society and the Graduate School, reviewed 12 nominations and chose seven graduate students for this distinction. As part of the fellowship, Brim will receive a monetary stipend to support her future endeavors.

This recognition highlights Brim’s accomplishments and commitment to community support, underscoring the impactful contributions made by NC State’s graduate students.

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