In their own words: undergraduate research at Carolina

In this video, six undergraduates who immersed themselves in academic research describe their experiences.

They majored in different disciplines across campus. They worked in laboratories, spent time talking with North Carolinians or sweated over field research. And, like many of their peers, some learned from faculty members in different areas of expertise by participating in cross-disciplinary research.

The students are just a few of the thousands of undergraduates who take on intensive research each year. Sixty-two percent of students who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009-10 had received academic credit for at least one research-intensive course. College faculty reported that same year that they mentored 1,459 undergraduate research projects, including 319 senior honors theses.

And those numbers don’t include students in the 13 health or professional schools at Carolina.

While their interests vary, the students express many common ideas: appreciation for faculty guidance, the importance of their research in helping improve the lives of people in North Carolina and beyond, and a mixture of excitement, seriousness and humor.

The students featured in the video are:

Micker Samios, Pittsburgh, PA

Zachary Vance, Raleigh, NC

Leticia Brandon, Charlotte, NC

Glenn McLaurin, Garner, NC

Kavya Sekar, Durham, NC

Eva Archer, Chapel Hill, NC.

Carolina’s Office for Undergraduate Research offers more information, examples of projects and details from the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Story and video co-produced by Scott Jared and Dan Sears.