CHAPEL HILL – Two Ph.D. students in your community have been admitted to a distinguished program with Google.

Yunchao Gong and Yinqian Zhang, two computer science doctoral students at UNC, have been awarded the 2013 Google PhD Fellowship.

The fifth class of Google’s fellows includes 39 Ph.D. students from Australia, China, India, Europe, Canada, and America.

Throughout the course of the two-year fellowship, students will receive tuition and fees, a $33,000 yearly stipend over the academic year, a research mentor, and the possibility of a third-year extension in the program.

Zhang received the fellowship in computer security. His work with cloud computing is focused on internet privacy.

Gong’s work with large-scale image searching earned him the fellowship in machine perception.

To learn more about the Google PhD Fellowship Program, click here.


Your business could be the first on Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s Hall of Fame.

On Wednesday, November 13, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural Business Hall of Fame Gala.

The Chamber is honoring leaders in business management, entrepreneurial bravery, and positive community impact by inducting them into the 2013 Business Hall of Fame.

The deadline to nominate an individual is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2. You can submit nominations via an online form. Living and posthumous leaders are eligible for the honor. The Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose the inductees.

If you have questions regarding nominations, you can contact Laura Morrison at 919-357-9989 or at To contact the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, contact the chair, Bob Woodruff at

To access the online form, click here.