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In “Introduction to Design and Making,” an applied physical sciences course, students work in groups to do a structured peer evaluation of their projects. The assignment was to design and build a scale model of an innovative furniture project. This is one of many examples in which students are developing an entrepreneurial mindset through applied physical sciences courses.

UNC-Chapel Hill becomes newest partner institution of KEEN

Applied physical sciences receives grant to promote an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduates.


Steve Cumbie speaks at a podium.

$5 million commitment to support dean’s priorities

Steve Cumbie (BA ’70, MBA ’73) invests in excellence by providing future College deans with unrestricted support.


Don and Billie Stallings (photo by Steve Exum)

Transformational gift to fund new sports medicine complex

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a transformational gift to support constructing a sports medicine complex that will enable further advances in its world-leading traumatic brain injury research.


Honors in London, Winston House begin anniversary celebrations

3,882 miles. That is the distance between Chapel Hill and London. But for the past 30 years, Honors Carolina has made that distance seem smaller by connecting Carolina’s best and brightest students to the international academic community. Both the Honors in London Program and Winston House, Honors Carolina’s London home and the hub for UNC study abroad programs across Europe, … Continued


Seed funding will bolster innovative research projects in psychology

A family legacy of UNC alumni and a passion for lifelong learning continue to inspire Ann Rankin Cowan (psychology ’75) to give back to Carolina. Cowan is an avid supporter of the arts and sciences and committed to passing down that tradition. Her most recent gift, supported through a planned gift and the Cowan Family Foundation, establishes the Ann Rankin … Continued


Igniting a global spark in students

“I want to take away any number of fears that may prevent a student — who grew up like me — from studying abroad,” explained Michael-Bryant Hicks ’96. Hicks is doing just that through the Marleigh Desmond Hicks Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, which has provided stipends for seven undergraduates. The scholarship supports first-generation students of color as they participate in … Continued


Lifelong love of theater leads alumna to support PlayMakers’ artistic director

Joanne Mills Garrett, who holds three degrees from Carolina, planned to write a Broadway play one day. Garrett received an undergraduate degree in dramatic art in 1969, a master’s in biostatistics in 1978 and a Ph.D. in epidemiology in 1990. She was born just outside New York City to an extended family that included authors, composers, performers and managers in … Continued