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A ‘natural landing spot’

Carolina alumnus Brandon Feaster arrived in Chapel Hill with his eyes set on a Ph.D. in biology for a career in the research lab. But undergrad research and the Chancellor’s Science Scholars provided the Tar Heel with the experiences and support to pursue a different career.


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Building a more inclusive scientific community through the Chancellor’s Science Scholars

The Chancellor’s Science Scholar’s program at Carolina is supporting promising young scientists and actively working to build a more diverse scientific community. That goal, director Thomas Freeman says, is critical to everybody.


UNC-Chapel Hill scientists, researchers named 2021 AAAS fellows

Faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Medicine and Eshelman School of Pharmacy have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Biologist Amy Gladfelter is one of the new fellows.


UNC Research graphic shows scientists gathered together in a group wearing lab coats with test tubes and a microscope and a scale on the table in front of them.

Racing Toward Innovation

Convergent science is characterized by cross-disciplinary research teams created to tackle big problems and speed the application of new breakthroughs to commercialization. At UNC, the Institute for Convergent Science is at the forefront of this pioneering framework.


Text on a grayscale image of playground swings reads: Dying in the USA: Americans Under Age 25 Face Higher Death Rates than Peers in Other Affluent Nations

Dying Young in the USA: New report shows lower life expectancy for young Americans

 A new PRB report shows lower life expectancy for young Americans; researchers say “aggressive action” is needed to increase survival rates for infants, children, young adults. UNC sociologist Robert Hummer co-led the research team.


Emily Harmon wading in knee-deep water with a rope tool

Disassembling Evolution’s Engine

When a research project centered on evolution within spadefoot toads fell through, Emily Harmon shifted her focus to microscopic swimmers called rotifers. The biology PhD student is studying an animal’s ability to adapt in one generation, which could inform conservation efforts in the face of climate change.


Brian Lerch stands in front of an enlarged image of colorful beetles.

The Smorgasbord Scientist

Why do some organisms live in groups? What influences their cooperation with one another? How do they choose their mates? PhD student Brian Lerch has a lot of questions about ecology and evolutionary biology — and he strives to answer them using math.