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Juan Castro smiling in front of the Old Well on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus

Belonging and empowerment

Senior Juan Castro wasn’t sure that he’d find his place at Carolina. But through the Carolina Covenant, the Latinx Center and volunteer opportunities, the Tar Heel found a sense of belonging in Chapel Hill.


Morgan Clark stands outside with greenery around her.

Understanding our universe

Morgan Clark, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of physics and astronomy, studies neutrinos, a tiny particle in our universe. She will join 64 other graduate students in gaining access to world-class training and state-of-the-art facilities at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories.


Cole Mueller stands in cap and gown in front of the Old Well.

Class of 2020: Cole Mueller

Cole Mueller has seen all of Carolina’s storied traditions up close as a member of the Order of the Bell Tower. But when the pandemic cut his time, he missed out on experiencing some of those biggest milestones. This weekend, he’ll be crossing them off his bucket list.


Jocelyn Rives in her cap and gown holding a Carolina banner.

Class of 2020: Jocelyn Rives

Jocelyn Rives is eager to don her cap and gown this weekend to attend the Class of 2020 Commencement to celebrate the achievement of overcoming challenges and becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree.


Allen Hurlbert smiles under a tree with arms crossed.

Bird food bytes

UNC biologist Allen Hurlbert has built a comprehensive online database of North American bird diets. An article was published Oct. 4 in the journal Scientific Data that describes how the database was created.


A woman participates in a Black Lives Matter protest in Washington, D.C. (photo by Miki Jourdan, Flickr)

Taking On Discrimination

Julian Rucker wants to motivate people to address the stark racial disparities that have characterized the history of the United States. As a UNC-Chapel Hill postdoctoral researcher, he uses social psychology to unpack why structural racism exists, how people perceive it, and why we must change policies to eliminate it from our society.


Esteban swimming underwater with a scuba tank and suit on

PhD students turn pandemic challenges into opportunities

Esteban Agudo, a marine ecologist pursuing his degree in Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (EEOB) and Savannah Ryburn, pursuing her PhD in the Environment, Ecology & Energy Program, turn challenges of pandemic into opportunities in Galapagos.


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